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Senior Chinese diplomat says U.S. damaged the hard-won mutual trust by criticizing Beijing

Senior Chinese diplomat says U.S. damaged the hard-won mutual trust by criticizing BeijingSenior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States had seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uyghurs.



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Top U.S. diplomat: no evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 U.S. election

Top U.S. diplomat: no evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 U.S. electionA top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday he had seen no evidence that Ukraine – not Russia – interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, undermining an argument used by some supporters of President Donald Trump as he faces an impeachment investigation. Trump and some of his fellow Republican supporters have promoted a theory that Ukraine, not Russia, sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. vote.



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US diplomat calls for 'decisive action' in Afghan alleged abuse ring

US diplomat calls for 'decisive action' in Afghan alleged abuse ringAfghan authorities must take “decisive action” following reports of an alleged paedophile ring operating in schools in eastern Afghanistan, a senior US diplomat said Tuesday. The comments by Alice Wells, US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, come after British newspaper The Guardian last month detailed accounts of the abuse, which allegedly affected more than 500 victims in Logar province south of Kabul. “We call on Afghan authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office, to take decisive action on deeply troubling reports of sexual abuse in Logar schools,” Wells wrote on Twitter.



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A U.S. diplomat texted Ukraine a script for their president to say about the Biden investigation

A U.S. diplomat texted Ukraine a script for their president to say about the Biden investigationMore revelations pertaining to the congressional impeachment inquiry flowed Tuesday after House committees released two more transcripts of testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, the former special representative to Ukraine.Volker also supplied text messages to House investigators, which included an exchange he had with Andrey Yermak, one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's top aides. In the message, Volker sent Yermak what was more or less a script of what Washington wanted Zelensky to publicly announce about Kyiv's investigations into both the gas company Burisma — where former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter once served on the board — for corruption and Ukrainian politicians for interfering in U.S. politics and the 2016 presidential election.Volker's message says nothing about military aid being withheld in exchange for launching investigations and, therefore, doesn't bring to light any specific quid pro quo, but it does highlight the Trump administration's commitment to convincing Kyiv to get the probe going. > WOW: Kurt Volker TEXTED to a top Ukrainian official the script they wanted Zelensky to read to announce the Burisma (i.e. Biden)/2016 election investigaitons. > > The latest:https://t.co/g9bkSdlarw > > The text: pic.twitter.com/GpQPSiBrDw> > — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 5, 2019



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Unsung diplomat is unlikely hero in impeachment inquiry

Unsung diplomat is unlikely hero in impeachment inquiryWilliam Taylor has emerged as an unlikely hero in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The former Army officer and retired career civil servant holds a position many Americans can’t even pronounce as charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.



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A diplomat warned Joe Biden staffer about Hunter's Ukraine work in 2015. Then he was 'turned away'

A diplomat warned Joe Biden staffer about Hunter's Ukraine work in 2015. Then he was 'turned away'A US diplomat overseeing the previous administration's Ukraine policy reportedly told House investigators he was "turned away" by a staffer to then-Vice President Joe Biden after sharing concerns about his son's work in the country.George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, said that he approached an aide to Mr Biden in early 2015 with concerns about Hunter Biden’s position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, according to the Washington Post.



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U.S. diplomat told Congress he raised red flag about Biden and Ukraine: source

U.S. diplomat told Congress he raised red flag about Biden and Ukraine: sourceA U.S. diplomat told congressional investigators this week that he raised concerns about Hunter Biden’s position with a Ukrainian energy company in 2015, only to be turned away by an aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the testimony said on Friday. Hunter Biden’s role www.reuters.com/article/us-hunter-biden-ukraine/what-hunter-biden-did-on-the-board-of-ukrainian-energy-company-burisma-idUSKBN1WX1P7 on the board of Burisma Holdings Ltd while his father was in the White House plays into a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Late on Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy notified Congress that it would not comply with a subpoena and provide documents Democrats want to review, according to media reports.



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Top Diplomat Was Axed for Protesting Giuliani’s Back-Channel Ukraine Crusade

Top Diplomat Was Axed for Protesting Giuliani’s Back-Channel Ukraine CrusadeAlex Wong/GettyThe House impeachment inquiry dismissed as “illegitimate” by the White House is about to hear testimony from a former top aide ready to go on the record about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s “shadow policy” in Ukraine—along with the former ambassador to Ukraine who was reportedly ousted for refusing to put up with all the off-the-books maneuvering. The Associated Press reports former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was dismissed from her post after calling out Giuliani’s back-channel methods in his crusade to have Ukrainian authorities investigate debunked corruption allegations against one of Trump’s top political rivals in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden.A former diplomat said Yovanovitch made clear there were formal procedures to follow when requesting a country's help in an investigation, and recalled that she refused to participate in “offline, personal, informal stuff.” After Yovanovitch was abruptly dismissed from her post earlier than expected in May as Giuliani pursued the investigations, national security officials reportedly raised concerns about her ouster and the lawyer's push to make it happen.Additionally, Trump's former top aide to Russia and Europe will reportedly testify to Congress that Giuliani—along with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland—circumvented the National Security Council to pursue their own Ukraine “shadow policy.”According to NBC News, Fiona Hill plans to tell lawmakers that Giuliani and Sondland bypassed former National Security Adviser John Bolton and other processes to access the president on Ukraine-related issues.National security officials also raised concerns about Sondland. According to The Washington Post, he claimed Trump put him in charge of Ukraine relations and expressed in a meeting how Ukraine's corruption investigations “need to be started up again”—which officials understood to be a reference to the Biden probes.Yovanovitch is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees on Friday behind closed doors. Hill is also expected to testify before Congress on Oct. 14.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Wife of US diplomat, suspect in fatal UK crash that left teen dead, leaves country

Wife of US diplomat, suspect in fatal UK crash that left teen dead, leaves countryHarry Dunn, 19, of Charlton, Banbury, died after his motorbike collided with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.



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Former U.S. diplomat says he warned Giuliani about peddling Biden conspiracy theory

Former U.S. diplomat says he warned Giuliani about peddling Biden conspiracy theoryFormer U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified that he tried to warn the president's personal lawyer that the stories he was being fed about Joe Biden were not trustworthy.



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