TOKYO — U.S. envoy Stephen Biegun travels Wednesday to meet his North Korean counterpart in Pyongyang, where he will try to advance a plan to reinvigorate denuclearization talks ahead of a new summit.President Donald Trump gets credit from many North Korea experts for opening a dialogue with Kim Jong Un after years of drift under his predecessor, Barack Obama - a period when North Korea built up its nuclear and missile programs. But Trump has been criticized for failing to elicit any firm commitment from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to begin the process of denuclearization when they met for the first time in Singapore last June.Since his appointment in August as special representative for North Korea, Biegun has played a central role in trying to put substance around what the United States wants and how it wants to achieve it.Initially frozen out by the North Koreans, he accompanied Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un last October, and met his newly appointed … [Read more...] about US envoy to visit North Korea with plan to restart denuclearization talks
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Lead the World Bank Supported by ByPeter Baker Feb. 4, 2019 WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate David Malpass, the under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs, to head the World Bank, picking an outspoken critic of the institution who has pushed to overhaul its longstanding practices, administration officials said on Monday. The officials, who insisted on anonymity to confirm the choice before the formal announcement, said the president will unveil his selection on Wednesday. The nomination must be ratified by the bank’s board, but by tradition, the United States, the largest shareholder, has long named its president. Mr. Malpass’s nomination could prompt debate given his past comments about the role of multilateral … [Read more...] about Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Lead the World Bank
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Houthi fighters pose for a photo in front of a damaged building on a street where Houthis have recently clashed with forces loyal to slain Yemeni former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah - RC1A7A92EC80 EXCLUSIVE – MUSCAT, Oman -- For more than three years, the international community and UN top brass have been unsuccessfully trying to orchestrate an end to the bloody war in Yemen, waged between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi insurgency group. And while peace in the blood-spattered country remains far from reality, as the humanitarian crisis continues to spiral and the death count rises, the rebel group is holding firm, and blaming the UN for sending the peace process “backwards.” “We can say right now the political process is suspended,” Mohamed Abdel Salam, the spokesman for the Houthi group, known officially as Ansar Allah -- “Helpers of God ” -- told … [Read more...] about Houthis explain ‘Death to America’ slogan, reveal what will bring them to peace talks
WORLD NEWS 07/24/2018 04:15 pm ET A $62 billion economic partnership between the two countries is set to enshrine the long-standing repression of Pakistan's millions-strong Baloch minority. By Akbar Shahid Ahmed My big brother and I got into a shouting match about our country last summer. We’d been talking about a trip I took a few years ago to Gwadar, a centuries-old fishing community that millions of Pakistanis ― including my brother ― see as a portent of a glamorous, wealthy and once-unimaginable future. Gwadar is located just by the entrance to the Persian Gulf, in the southwest of the exceptionally poor and rarely peaceful Pakistani province of Balochistan. Eventually, it’s supposed to become the crown jewel of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $62 billion branch of China’s “Belt and Road” plan to expand trade and relationships across Asia and Europe. For Pakistan, the project is a way to provide for a rapidly growing … [Read more...] about China And Pakistan Plan To Get Rich Together. The Price? Human Rights.