Team USA basketball embarrassed by Jeff Van Gundy-led Select Team

Maybe Jeff Van Gundy should be coaching the US men’s basketball team. Because Team USA, led by Spurs legend Gregg Popovich, appears to be in big trouble two weeks before the FIBA World Cup. In a scrimmage Wednesday against the Van Gundy-coached USA Select Team, composed of fringe NBAers and overseas players, Team USA took […]


Immigrant portraits in New York art show face down Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Immigrant faces captured in life-sized portraits by artist Betsy Ashton look the viewer straight in the eye, as if eager to tell their stories of leaving home to brave new struggles in a strange land. Ashton said she created the oil paintings to counter what she calls a false political narrative […]

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Brazil's Bolsonaro, Trump to meet privately in Oval Office next week

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will meet privately with U.S. leader Donald Trump in the Oval Office during his visit to the White House next Tuesday, Brazil’s presidential spokesman said on Wednesday, adding an interpreter will be present. Bolsonaro, a far-right admirer of the U.S. president, will visit the U.S. capital March 17-20 […]

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U.S. military not involved in withdrawing diplomats from Venezuela

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has not been asked to assist with the removal of American diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, the top U.S. military commander for the region told Reuters, adding they were expected to depart the country by commercial means. “Right now, we’ve not been asked to support that evacuation,” Admiral Craig Faller, […]

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U.S. sanctions Russian bank over dealings with Venezuela state oil firm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States sanctioned the Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank on Monday, accusing it of helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions and provide a “lifeline” for socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The Trump administration has taken several steps in recent weeks to ratchet up pressure on Maduro and bolster […]

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Senior China diplomat urges U.S. to meet China halfway

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said on Friday that competition between China and the United States was normal and that Washington should abandon zero-sum thinking and meet Beijing halfway. Wang was speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament. Source: Read Full […]

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Trump says U.S. negotiating on release of hostages abroad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States is holding negotiations to try to win the release of U.S. hostages held abroad, but he declined to say in what countries. Trump made the remark at a White House event welcoming Danny Burch, a former U.S. hostage Trump said last month […]