24 January 2019

USA

Lindsey Graham urges Trump to meet Pakistan PM Khan

KONFRONTASI-Senior US Senator Lindsey Graham has urged President Donald Trump to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, as intense contacts between the two countries continue over negotiations to end the 17-year war with the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Graham spoke to reporters in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday, capping off days of meetings that saw the top US envoy on Afghan reconciliation and its commander of military forces in the region also visit the South Asian country.

"I've seen things change here and all in a positive direction," said Graham, a senior member of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee who has visited Pakistan dozens of times in recent years.

Khan, who came to power after a general election last year, has long stated his support for a peace agreement in Afghanistan to end hostilities there.

Trump would be "far more enthusiastic about the region than he is today" if he met Khan, said Graham, who held talks with the prime minister earlier on Sunday.

"With Prime Minister Khan we have a unique opportunity to change our relationship," he said.

The relationship, he said, was previously "transactional", but should be replaced with a "strategic partnership".

Lewat Telepon, Trump-Erdogan Bahas Penarikan Pasukan AS dari Suriah

KONFRONTASI-Presiden Amerika Serikat Donald Trump pada Ahad (23/12) mengatakan ia membahas dengan timpalannya dari Turki, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, melalui telepon mengenai penarikan tentara AS dari Suriah.

Prancis Kecam Keputusan AS Tarik Pasukan dari Suriah

KONFRONTASI-Presiden Prancis Emmanuel Macron pada Ahad (23/12) mengecam keputusan AS untuk menarik tentaranya dari Suriah.

"Saya sangat menyesalkan keputusan yang diambil mengenai Suriah," kata Macron.

US sanctions 16 Russian military spies, troll farm

KONFRONTASI-The US Treasury sanctioned 16 members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency over a "wide range of malign activity", including interference in the 2016 presidential vote and hacking international organisations.

The move came on Wednesday "in response to Russia's continued disregard for international norms", the Treasury said in a statement.

Those targetted included Victor Alekseyevich Boyarkin, a former GRU officer who acted on behalf of sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, it said.

Peretasan China Terhadap AS Makin Meningkat

KONFRONTASI-Pejabat intelijen Amerika Serikat mengatakan pada Selasa bahwa gerakan dunia maya China di Amerika Serikat meningkat dalam beberapa bulan belakangan.

Gerakan itu disebut-sebut mengincar prasarana mendasar dan kemungkinan adalah upaya meletakkan dasar bagi serangan gangguan pada masa depan.

U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2018. [REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque]

KONFRONTASI--The United States plans to counter the rapidly expanding economic and political influence of China and Russia in Africa, where the two nations use corrupt business practices with little regard for the rule of law, according to prepared remarks on Thursday by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

Trump’s lousy high-school diplomacy will isolate US: Ron Paul

KONFRONTASI-US President Donald Trump is practicing a “lousy high-school diplomacy” which will backfire and isolate the United States on the global stage, according to former Congressman and political analyst Ron Paul.

On Thursday, Trump abruptly canceled the much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s maritime clash with Ukraine. Trump made the announcement about an hour after he told reporters the meeting would “probably” go ahead as planned.

Kebakaran Hutan Mulai Padam, Badai Dahsyat Siap Menerjang

KONFRONTASI-Setelah kebakaran hutan di Kalifornia mulai padam dan warga membangun rumah mereka lagi, pemerintah Amerika Serikat (AS) mengeluarkan laporan tentang ancaman bencana alam yang semakin buruk karena perubahan iklim. Laporan itu bertentangan dengan pernyataan yang dikeluarkan Presiden AS Donald Trump.

Trump-Putin Bahas Sejumlah Isu di Paris

KONFRONTASI-Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS), Donald Trump membahas sejumlah masalah, termasuk Traktat Pasukan Nuklir Tingkat Menengah (Perjanjian INF), perdagangan serta situasi di Suriah, Arab Saudi, Afghanistan, China dan Korea Utara (Korut) dengan para pemimpin asing, termasuk dengan Presiden Rusia, Vladimir Putin.

Sekretaris Pers Gedung Putih, Sarah Sanders mengatakan, pertemuan itu berlangsung di sela-sela acara peringatan berakhirnya Perang Dunia I yang berlangsung di Paris, Prancis.

Dua Muslimah Raih Kemenangan di Pemilu Sela AS

KONFRONTASI-Pemilihan sela kemarin, Rabu (7/11) WIB bisa dibilang adalah representasi wajah Amerika Serikat yang sesungguhnya. Amerika yang plural. Yang selama ini berusaha ditutupi Presiden Donald Trump lewat berbagai kebijakan kontroversial.

Ada dua perempuan muslim dari dua daerah pemilihan berbeda yang melenggang masuk House of Representatives alias DPR. Ada perwakilan suku asli (Indian) di lembaga yang sama. Juga, legislator pertama berdarah Latin dari Negara Bagian Texas.

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