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US military to ship Venezuela aid to Colombia

WASHINGTON: The US military will transport some 200 tons of humanitarian aid to Colombia to help relieve the crisis in neighboring Venezuela, a US defense official said Friday. Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement, the official said the aid would be sent in the coming days, most likely aboard a C-17 transport plane. In a statement, the Pentagon said the US "remains deeply concerned about the crisis in Venezuela that has consequences for the entire region." Venezuela is plagued by…

‘US aid was a miniscule $20 bn’: PM Imran hits back at Trump

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday hit back at President Donald Trump’s fresh tirade against Pakistan, saying that instead of making Islamabad a scapegoat for US failures, the Trump administration should do a serious assessment of why the Taliban are stronger in Afghanistan than before, ARY News reported. A day after the US president fired off a new tirade at Islamabad, the prime minister took to Twitter, saying: “Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious…

Trump says US will only give aid ‘to our friends’

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would only give aid to countries that it regarded as allies. Addressing world leaders at the start of the annual United Nations General Assembly, Trump lashed out at the OPEC oil cartel, China's trade policies and the International Criminal Court which he vowed the United States would never accept. “We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart,”…

Trump cuts $25 million in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered that $25 million earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals be directed elsewhere as part of a review of aid, a State Department official said on Saturday. Trump called for a review of US assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in accordance with national interests and were providing value to taxpayers. “As a result of that review, at the direction of the President, we will be redirecting…