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Tracy Wilkinson
North Korea

Trump Says He Would Talk To North Korea

Asked at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland about a renewed rapprochement between North and South Korea that threatens to leave out Washington, Trump said he “always believes in talking.” Trump said the recent contact between the two Koreas was a “big start” — and again took credit for making it happen.

January 8, 2018

Rep. John Conyers Quits House Committee Post Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

November 27, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Stands Firm In Support For Roy Moore

“We can’t let Schumer-Pelosi win this race,” Trump posted on Sunday morning. He was referencing Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who head the Democratic contingents in their respective chambers of Congress.

November 27, 2017

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017
climate accord

European Official Suggests Trump May Stay In Paris Climate Agreement

“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”

September 17, 2017
CEO Tillerson

Tillerson Speaks Out Against Racism; Says Tolerance A Matter Of ‘Leadership’

Tillerson did not mention President Donald Trump or his widely condemned equivocation about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But Tillerson’s tone and words stood in stark contrast to those of his boss.

August 19, 2017

Tillerson: No ‘Imminent Threat’ From North Korea

Speaking on his flight home as he wrapped up a diplomatic tour through Southeast Asia, Tillerson said he was hopeful a fortified international front would put pressure on Pyongyang and force it to back down from its own belligerent stance.

August 10, 2017
A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA handout via Reuters/File Photo & REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Trump Administration Warns North Korea Over Nuclear Program

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump “will take action” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. McMaster was asked on ABC’s Sunday program “This Week” about North Korea’s complaints that aggressive language from the U.S. increases the likelihood of conflict.

April 17, 2017
Trump, Putin, GOP

Putin Lashes Out At US As Tillerson Mulls ‘Sharp’ Differences With Russian Counterpart

It remained unknown whether Putin would receive Tillerson. It is customary for U.S. secretaries of State to meet with Putin when in Moscow, and Tillerson and Putin are friends from the American’s days as chief executive of ExxonMobil. Putin bestowed one of Russia’s highest honors, the Order of Friendship, on Tillerson just four years ago.

April 12, 2017
Netanyahu, Trump

Trump And Netanyahu Sidestep Two-State Solution For Mideast Peace

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined Wednesday to commit to the long-standing search for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a shift favored by Israel’s right wing that could spark fresh turmoil in the Mideast.

February 16, 2017
John Kerry, Diplomat

Tireless In His Diplomatic Efforts, John Kerry Often Came Up Empty-Handed

Kerry is nothing if not indefatigable, traveling to all corners of the world as America’s top diplomat over the last four years. But as he prepares to leave office, he confronts a mixed legacy, with a handful of successes coupled with searing defeats, especially in the Middle East.

December 28, 2016
United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the United Nations in New York

US, Iran Remain Worlds Apart On Major Foreign Policy Issues

The glow of goodwill that followed a surprise prisoner swap and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend is already being tempered by the somber realization that the Islamic Republic is not likely to change course significantly on other pressing conflicts with the West.

January 21, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves during a news conference in

As Improved US-Iran Relations Are Celebrated, Questions Loom About Road Ahead

Amid celebration of the milestone nuclear deal and the depature from Iran of three freed Americans, the Obama administration offered a reminder of the gulf that remains in the countries’ relations.

January 19, 2016

Who Is ‘El Chapo’ And How Did He Become A Dark Legend In Mexico?

Chicago compared him to Al Capone. Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the richest men in the world. And in Mexico, he was a renegade outlaw whose exploits were the stuff of legend and song.

July 13, 2015
A protester holds up an American and a Cuban flag in Miami, Florida on December 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Joe Raedle)

Cuba, U.S. Launch High-Level Talks In Havana

Cuba and the U.S. held their highest-level talks in a generation on Wednesday.

January 21, 2015
Children with paper likenesses of candle flames are among Cubans celebrating Hanukkah at Temple Beth Shalom in Havana. (Tracy Wilkinson/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Prisoner’s Release, U.S. Moves Are ‘Hanukkah Miracle’ For Cuban Jews

Cuba’s tiny Jewish population is celebrating the restoration of diplomacy with the U.S.

December 23, 2014
Central American youths

Mexico Names Czar To Handle Issue Of Central American Migrants

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times TAPACHULA, Mexico — With pressure mounting from the U.S. government, Mexico on Tuesday appointed a czar to take charge of largely unimpeded migration from Central America, which sees tens of thousands of people each year enter southern Mexico and cross the country en route to the United States. Interior […]

July 15, 2014

Powerful Quake Jolts Mexico And Central America; At Least Four Killed

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake jolted a wide section of southern Mexico and Central America early Monday, killing at least four people and damaging dozens of buildings in Guatemala. The 6.9 quake was felt as far north as Mexico City, through central Guatemala and as far south as […]

July 7, 2014

Mexico Arrests Entrepreneur In Fraud Case Linked To Citibank, Pemex

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government on Thursday announced the arrest of a wealthy entrepreneur who is accused of a multimillion-dollar fraud involving Citibank and the giant Mexican oil monopoly. Amado Yanez Osuna was placed under arrest and will be charged with fraud, the federal attorney general’s office said in […]

May 29, 2014

Wide Area Of Mexico Hit By Earthquake; Preliminary Magnitude Put At 7.2

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake shook a wide area of Mexico on Friday, terrifying residents and sending many fleeing into the streets. There were no initial reports of injuries and only minor damage in the capital, though information from elsewhere in central Mexico was still coming in. The U.S. […]

April 18, 2014

Critics Check Fine Print In Plan To Break Up Mexican Monopolies

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — The government of President Enrique Pena Nieto says a proposed new telecommunications law would finally break up Mexico’s powerful and much-criticized TV and telephone monopolies. The proposal and other reforms have generated considerable praise abroad for Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled […]

April 2, 2014