Lesley Wroughton

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17 Jul 2019 | 1:34 PM

U.S. imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leaders over Rohingya abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced sanctions on Tuesday against the Myanmar military's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other leaders it said were responsible for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to the United States.

12 Jul 2019 | 6:07 AM

Exclusive: U.S. will not blacklist Iran's foreign minister, for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy.

10 Jul 2019 | 1:13 PM

Exclusive: Iran's release of Lebanese prisoner was failed overture to U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's release last month of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with U.S. permanent residency, after four years in prison was meant as an opening for U.S.-Iranian talks, according to three Western sources familiar with the issue.

28 Jun 2019 | 2:02 AM

An uneasy tenure: how Tillerson found himself cut out by Kushner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In one of the most awkward moments of his time as U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson realized his Mexican counterpart was in Washington only when he walked into a restaurant and found him dining with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

23 Jun 2019 | 11:37 PM

U.S. prods Iran for talks to ease Gulf tensions; Tehran dismisses sanctions threat

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not seeking war with Tehran after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in the Gulf region could spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of U.S. troops.

19 Jun 2019 | 11:01 PM

South Korea urges North Korea summit before Trump Seoul visit, U.S. door 'wide open'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea on Wednesday urged North Korea to hold another summit with its leader ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Seoul next week, while the United States said its door remained "wide open" for talks with Pyongyang.

18 Jun 2019 | 5:09 AM

As promised, Trump slashes aid to Central America over migrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico.

13 Jun 2019 | 11:18 PM

U.S. blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman, Iran rejects assertion

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that drove up oil prices and raised concerns about a new U.S.-Iranian confrontation, but Tehran bluntly denied the allegation.

9 Jun 2019 | 10:06 PM

Trump defends Mexico migration deal and pledges more detail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his administration's deal with Mexico against criticism that there were no major new commitments to stem a flow of Central American migrants crossing into the United States, and said on Sunday more details would soon be released.

1 May 2019 | 10:37 PM

Tension grows between U.S. and Russia over Venezuela standoff

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States and Russia traded warnings against interfering in Venezuela on Wednesday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Moscow of stopping President Nicolas Maduro from leaving the country.