Sunday, March 24, 2019

Trump Talks Tough, Sends Mixed Signals on Saudis

WASHINGTON—President Trump said Thursday that a prominent Saudi journalist is likely dead and his Treasury secretary called off plans to attend a Saudi investment conference next week, amid strains over how to react to the suspected death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The comments and...

U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate Serving Palestinians

The U.S. consulate in Jerusalem Photo: thomas coex/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Felicia Schwartz Updated Oct. 18, 2018 1:18 p.m. ET TEL AVIV—The Trump administration said it would merge its Jerusalem consulate responsible for relations with the Palestinians into its newly relocated U.S. Embassy there, another...

Oil Prices Could Fall Further on Rising U.S. Oil Supplies, OPEC Says

A pump jack operating in the Permian Basin oil production area near Wink, Texas, in August. Photo: nick oxford/Reuters By Benoit Faucon Updated Oct. 18, 2018 4:52 p.m. ET Rising crude oil inventories and increased output in the U.S. could push oil prices down in...

‘Crimea’s Columbine’: Massacre Draws Comparisons to U.S. Shootings

MOSCOW—The death toll in a shooting-and-bombing rampage at a Crimea college campus rose to 20 Thursday as grisly details emerged about an attack that drew comparisons to school shootings in the U.S. Authorities said 18-year-old student Vladislav Roslyakov detonated explosives and opened fire Wednesday at...

Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance Reshapes Mideast Power Balance

DUBAI—Just over two weeks since the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, it is already clear that the fallout has profoundly reshaped the balance of power in the Middle East and impaired U.S. leverage in the region. Turkish officials say...

Mnuchin Won’t Go to Saudi Conference

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said he won’t attend the upcoming Saudi investment summit. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images By Vivian Salama Updated Oct. 18, 2018 12:22 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that he will not participate in a Saudi investment...

Mattis Tries to Dial Back Confrontation With China

In his meeting with Wei Fenghe, Jim Mattis pushed for high-level communication between the two militaries when issues arise between the countries, U.S. officials at the meeting said. Photo: phil stewart/Reuters By Nancy A. Youssef Oct. 18, 2018 7:32 a.m. ET SINGAPORE—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis...

Pompeo Says Saudis Should Get ‘a Few More Days’ to Complete Probe

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Saudi Arabia understands the “serious nature” of the disappearance and suspected killing of a dissident Saudi journalist this month and has vowed to conduct a “complete and thorough” investigation of the matter. Mr. Pompeo said on Thursday he...

From Anguished Appeal to Trump Tweet: The Doctor Who Changed U.S. Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON—President Trump uses Twitter as a bully pulpit for everything from the economy to CNN’s ratings. But one tweet of his on Sept. 4 about Syria may have helped avert a massacre. So says Rim Albezem, a cardiologist from New Jersey, who was its unlikely...

Ease or Squeeze? U.S., Seoul Split Over North Korea Policy

SEOUL—Friction is growing between South Korea and the U.S. over how best to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear program, with Washington maintaining pressure and Seoul seeking to ease sanctions and reduce the North’s isolation. After coordinating on diplomatic engagement—most notably at a...