UN Headquarters in New York City (Wikimedia Commons)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN is nearly broke and facing its worst "cash flow crisis" in a decade, with officials saying they are $1.4 billion short on dues.

So, the world body on Monday is launching major belt-tightening measures, including cutting back on interpretation services and meeting times, and curbing air travel to and from its bases worldwide. But the plans also include turning off escalators in its buildings, curbing heating and air conditioning and even shutting off the decorative fountain in the Secretariat Building's iconic main circle.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States will likely move some troops to Poland from elsewhere in Europe, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday as he and Polish President Andrzej Duda met.

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President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — In two years as president, Donald Trump built a foreign policy strategy on applying as much pressure as possible on enemies — and even some allies — to make them bend to America's will.

Venezuela, North Korea and Iran have all been targets of the administration's "maximum pressure" approach. Under Trump, U.S. sanctions were deployed to notable effect: Venezuela's battered economy is more isolated than ever, Iran has seen oil sales plummet and North Korea has struggled as fuel and electricity shortages crimp output and food shortages loom.

Yet no adversary has buckled. So, short of war, what does the U.S. do now?

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FILE PHOTO: Gas flares from an oil production platform at the Soroush oil fields in the Persian Gulf, south of the capital Tehran, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to eliminate all waivers issued to eight economies allowing them to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, the White House said on Monday, while vowing to ensure global oil market was well supplied.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to make an announcement on Monday detailing the decision.

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China has refused to grant a U.S. Navy warship permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, the local U.S. consulate reported Tuesday, according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

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In a tense standoff between nuclear-armed nations that threatens to destabilize Asia, both sides are digging in, with one warning of unspecified “countermeasures” and the other saying it won’t be bullied.

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