Friday, October 19, 2018

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...

Afghanistan Elections Shrink in Face of Violence

Afghan police stand guard at a checkpoint before parliamentary elections scheduled on Saturday. Photo: Associated Press By Craig Nelson and Ehsanullah Amiri Oct. 18, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET KABUL—When Afghans cast ballots Saturday in parliamentary elections viewed as a crucial test run for the presidential vote,...

Afghanistan’s Elections Shrink in Face of Violence

Afghan police stand guard at a checkpoint before parliamentary elections scheduled on Saturday. Photo: Associated Press By Craig Nelson and Ehsanullah Amiri Oct. 18, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET KABUL—When Afghans cast ballots Saturday in parliamentary elections viewed as a crucial test run for the presidential vote,...

Ease or Squeeze? U.S., Seoul Wrangle 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...

Free More Dissidents, U.S. Asks Vietnam, After ‘Mother Mushroom’ Is Released

The U.S. government wants more political prisoners in Vietnam released after authorities there freed “Mother Mushroom,” a prominent dissident, following Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit this week. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a 39-year-old blogger best known as Mother Mushroom because of her daughter’s nickname, was...

The World’s Biggest Exporter Rebrands Itself as a Big Buyer

Signs promoting November’s China International Import Expo dominate the front of the Oriental Pearl Tower at Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, Shanghai. Photo: Reuters By James T. Areddy Updated Oct. 17, 2018 11:37 p.m. ET SHANGHAI—Facing U.S. trade sanctions, the world’s largest exporting nation, China,...

U.S. Criticizes China’s Currency Practices, but Doesn’t Add Manipulator Designation

The U.S. Treasury passed up an opportunity to label China a currency manipulator, but kept it on a monitoring list with Germany, India, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland. Photo: reuters photographer/Reuters By Josh Zumbrun Oct. 17, 2018 6:34 p.m. ET The U.S. Treasury again passed...

U.S. to Deliver on Threat to End China’s Mail Privilege

Discounts currently allow merchants to ship small packages to U.S. customers more cheaply from China than from a domestic U.S. warehouse. Photo: David Goldman/Associated Press By Heidi Vogt Updated Oct. 17, 2018 10:43 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—The U.S. opened a new front in its mounting economic conflict...