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Trump ups pressure on Maduro as administration slams Venezuela election as ‘sham’

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday. Trump stepped up economic pressure on Venezuela's president with an executive order prohibiting purchases of debts owed to the government. | BLOOMBERG

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela’s presidential election as a “sham” and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s belea...

U.S. border agent grills two women for speaking Spanish at Montana gas station

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas ...

Commemorative ‘Peace Talks’ coin struck for Trump-Kim summit

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A coin for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit is seen in Washington Monday. The commemorative coin featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has been struck by the White House Communications Agency ahead of their summit. | AFP-JIJI

A commemorative coin featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has been struck by the White House Communications Agency ahead of ...

U.K. decontamination finished at shopping center after nerve agent attack on Russian ex-spy

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A police officer stands on duty outside a pub that has been secured as part of the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, Britain, March 12. | REUTERS

A shopping center in the English city where a former Russian spy was found collapsed with his daughter after a nerve agent attack more than ...

The latest take on Tokyo: Shibuya after dark

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

American tourist Emi Estrada listens to guide Shogo Nomura during a nighttime tour last month of the Shibuya district in Tokyo. | KYODO

Already known for its boutiques, bars, restaurants and that famous scramble crossing, Shibuya’s appeal as a destination for foreign visitors has gotten a further boost ...

Greece’s outbound ambassador passes torch

By Louise George Kittaka
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Loukas Karatsolis, the outgoing Greek ambassador, met with The Japan Times at the embassy in April to share upcoming developments. He predicted a busy time ...

U.S. anti-Islamic State bureau gets reprieve despite speed-up in Syria exit

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against Islamic State, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad in 2017. The Trump administration will keep open the State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group for at least six more months, reversing a plan for its imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with moves for a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. | AP

The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration ...

Harry bests brother as over 29 million watch royal wedding in U.S.: Nielsen

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

People line up to visit Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, Sunday. | REUTERS

More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings ...

Caracas polls empty as Venezuelans apparently heed call to boycott election allegedly rigged in Maduro’s favor

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Student desks block vehicle access near a polling station during the presidential election in Caracas Sunday. Amid hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine, President Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second, six-year term in an election that a growing chorus of foreign governments refuse to recognize after key opponents were barred from running. | AP

Voting centers across Venezuela’s capital appeared largely empty for Sunday’s presidential election despite assurances from government officials that millions had turned out to vote by ...

Top U.S. senator says Trump looking to end North Korea crisis in first term

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Lindsey Graham | BLOOMBERG

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview Sunday that President Donald Trump would seek to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis in his first ...

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