World Administration Accelerating Israeli Embassy Move 2018-01-18T20:22:07.000000000-05:00 The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and has decided to retrofit an existing property to accommodate the new mission that will open next year, U.S. officials said. China's Robust Growth to Face Pressure in 2018 2018-01-18T20:01:18.000000000-05:00 China’s economic growth accelerated for the first time in seven years last year, reaching 6.9% on rising demand. But the expansion’s key drivers, from investment to consumption, appear to be weakening. Six Chinese Ships Covertly Aided North Korea. The U.S. Was Watching 2018-01-18T19:51:14.000000000-05:00 Intelligence gathered by American officials provides what they say is detailed evidence of sanctions violations, involving illicit cargo such as coal that the regime relies on for hard currency. China later successfully lobbied to have the vessels removed from a proposed United Nations blacklist. France, U.K. Agree to Cooperate on Defense, Security After Brexit 2018-01-18T18:37:47.000000000-05:00 France and the U.K. are set to agree at a summit to forge a new treaty on managing migrant flows to British shores as the two countries attempt to bolster ties before the U.K. exits the European Union. Trump Angry at His Chief of Staff Over Comment President 'Not Fully Informed' on Border Wall Issue 2018-01-18T18:30:30.000000000-05:00 President Trump vented frustration at White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, upset about how Mr. Kelly described his immigration views in a Fox News interview and how he presented them to members of Congress earlier in the day, according to a person familiar with the matter. Venezuela's Oil Production Is Collapsing 2018-01-18T18:03:33.000000000-05:00 Venezuela’s oil output is collapsing at an accelerating pace, deepening an economic and humanitarian crisis and increasing the chances the country will default on its debts. Republicans Probe Role Ex-British Spy's Research Played in Monitoring of Trump Associate 2018-01-18T17:44:11.000000000-05:00 Congress is probing the Obama administration’s decision to use research by an ex-British spy to justify, in part, surveillance of an associate of Donald Trump, as Republican scrutiny rises of law-enforcement actions during 2016 presidential campaign. Data Case in U.S. Sparks Concern in Europe 2018-01-18T17:41:44.000000000-05:00 European lawmakers and companies worry that a lawsuit the U.S. government has brought to the Supreme Court could clash with European Union law, trapping tech companies between complying with U.S. data requests and strict EU data-privacy rules. Trump Administration Shuts Haiti Out of Seasonal Worker Program 2018-01-18T17:12:32.000000000-05:00 The Trump administration is further tightening U.S. work visa rules for Haitians, as it plans to remove the country from a program for temporary seasonal jobs, weeks after ending another visa program that allowed tens of thousands of others to live and work in the U.S. U.S. Scales Back Plan to Create Syria Border Force After Turkey Objects 2018-01-18T16:22:14.000000000-05:00 The U.S. military is swiftly backtracking from plans to build a 30,000-person border force in Syria after the proposal triggered a new diplomatic showdown with Turkey.