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TikTok: Pompeo says Trump to crack down on Chinese software in coming days

TikTok: Pompeo says Trump to crack down on Chinese software in coming days

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US President Donald Trump will take action "in the coming days" against Chinese-owned software that he believes pose a national security risk, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.Mr Pompeo said popular video app TikTok was among those "feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party".His comments came days after Mr Trump said he was banning TikTok in the US.The company has denied accusations that it is controlled by or shares data with the Chinese government.Speaking to Fox News Channel, Mr Pompeo said the action would be taken "with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party." How would the US go about banning TikTok? Should we be worried about...
Despite virus, Pompeo in Israel to talk West Bank annexation

Despite virus, Pompeo in Israel to talk West Bank annexation

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel for meetings with Benjamin Netanyahu and the prime minister's new governing partner, Benny Gantz, to discuss Iran, the coronavirus and Israel's possible annexation of parts of the West BankBy ILAN BEN ZION Associated PressMay 13, 2020, 9:57 AM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Israel's plans to annex parts of the West Bank, as Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teen in a clash with stone-throwers in the occupied territory. Pompeo arrived at a tense time, as Israeli troop searched for the killers of a soldier killed a day earlier by a brick dropped from a rooftop during an army raid of...
Pompeo backs Ozil over China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims

Pompeo backs Ozil over China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has thrown his support behind Arsenal's Mesut Ozil after the player criticised China's policies towards Uighur Muslims.Mr Pompeo, who is America's top diplomat, said Beijing could censor the football team's games but could not hide human rights violations. China's state TV pulled Arsenal's match against Manchester City from its schedule on Sunday after the German star posted messages on Twitter and Instagram where he hit out at Beijing.The Global Times, China's national English language newspaper, reported the match would not be broadcast on CCTV 5 because Ozil's remarks had "disappointed fans and football governing authorities". Image: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a public sign of support for th...
‘We didn’t give Turkey the green light’ – Pompeo defends Syria withdrawal

‘We didn’t give Turkey the green light’ – Pompeo defends Syria withdrawal

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By Alix Culbertson and Chris Robertson, news reporters US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended Donald Trump's withdrawal of troops in Syria, saying the president did not give Turkey the "green light" to invade the country.Speaking to PBS Newshour, Mr Pompeo said that during the phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "it became very clear that there were American soldiers that were going to be at risk and the President made a decision to put them in a place where they were out of harm's way. That's what we've done". He also added that he feels that Turkey has a "legitimate security concern" and waved off claims from Republican Senator Lindsay Graham that the attack could lead to a reemergence of IS. The land assau...
Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit

Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Denmark amid a public row over Greenland that saw President Donald Trump cancel a visit to the country. In a phone call with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Mr Pompeo "expressed appreciation for Denmark's co-operation" as a US ally. Mr Kofod welcomed the "frank, friendly and constructive talk". It came after Mr Trump said Denmark's prime minister had been "nasty" when rebuffing his idea of buying Greenland. Mette Frederiksen had called his ambitions of buying the autonomous Danish territory "absurd". She said she was "disappointed and surprised" that he had cancelled his visit.The trip was scheduled to take place on 2 September, at the invitation of...