state departments and diplomatic services

Key impeachment witness told to leave Ukraine before Pompeo visit

A top State Department aide told acting US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor -- a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry -- to hand over his duties just days before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected visit Kiev in January, a source familiar with the situation told CNN.

Chinese state media pulls TV coverage of Arsenal game

Chinese state media on Sunday pulled coverage of Arsenal's English Premier League game against Manchester City after its midfielder Mesut Ozil posted social media messages in support of China's Muslim Uyghur minority.

Kremlin: Trump-Lavrov meeting caused no shift in relations

The meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday was an "important moment," but does not signal a thaw in relations between the two countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Trump meets Moscow's top diplomat amid impeachment probe

Russia's top foreign diplomat attended high-level meetings in Washington Tuesday, creating the extraordinary spectacle of President Donald Trump consulting with Moscow on the day House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment underpinned partly by Trump's unusual relationship with Russia.

Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday

President Donald Trump is planning to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday in Washington, an encounter that is sure to draw significant scrutiny amid several ongoing controversies involving Trump and Russia.

Satellite image shows activity at dismantled North Korean test site

A new satellite image obtained by CNN indicates North Korea may be preparing to resume testing engines used to power satellite launchers and intercontinental ballistic missiles at a site President Donald Trump previously claimed was dismantled after his Singapore summit with dictator Kim Jong Un this summer, according to experts who analyzed the photo.

Federal prosecutors interview Ukraine oil and gas company CEO

Federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating Rudy Giuliani and his associates have deepened their focus on Ukraine's state-run oil-and-gas company, having interviewed its CEO, Andriy Kobolyev, and seeking in recent weeks to speak to a key US embassy staffer in Ukraine, according to Kobolyev's attorney and people familiar with the matter.

READ: House Judiciary's Doug Collins' opening statement

The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing into President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member of the committee, delivered opening remarks prior to constitutional law experts' testimony before the panel.

Senators grill Hale on GOP's promotion of debunked conspiracy theory

A Senate hearing on Russia policy became a platform for Democrats to hammer home the point that President Donald Trump, some of his senior officials and Republican lawmakers have been spreading a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

China bans US military visits to Hong Kong

China will ban US warships and military aircraft from making stops in Hong Kong in the wake of Washington passing legislation supporting the territory's pro-democracy protesters, the country's Foreign Ministry said Monday.