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Diplomacy

Yellen Focuses on Energy Transition in South Africa Visit

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discussed South Africa’s transition from its heavy reliance on coal to greener... Read More

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discussed South Africa’s transition from its heavy reliance on coal to greener energy sources during talks with the country's finance minister Thursday. Yellen made brief remarks to reporters ahead of a meeting... Read More

2023-01-20 16:30:09
by Kate Michael
First US Subnational Diplomacy Rep. Says ‘A Lot Can Happen at the Local Level’

WASHINGTON — From securing medical supplies for their residents to attracting foreign investment and manufacturing, cities, states and regions are... Read More

WASHINGTON — From securing medical supplies for their residents to attracting foreign investment and manufacturing, cities, states and regions are taking a greater role in international affairs. The momentum is not unprecedented, but it is strong enough that the first-ever... Read More

2023-01-18 15:51:10
by Kate Michael
Dutch Ambassador Calls for Accountability From Russia

WASHINGTON — Prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, went from a meeting with President Biden at the White House... Read More

WASHINGTON — Prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, went from a meeting with President Biden at the White House on Tuesday — where the Dutch leader said his country plans to join the U.S. and Germany’s efforts to train... Read More

Biden, López Obrador, Trudeau Meet in Mexico City for Summit

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are... Read More

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are meeting for a series of talks on migration, trade and climate change on Tuesday as the three leaders try to... Read More

US Reopening Visa and Consular Services at Embassy in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The United States Embassy in Cuba is reopening visa and consular services Wednesday, the first time it... Read More

HAVANA (AP) — The United States Embassy in Cuba is reopening visa and consular services Wednesday, the first time it has done so since a spate of unexplained health incidents among diplomatic staff in 2017 slashed the American presence in... Read More

2022-12-22 17:19:10
by Dan McCue
Zelenskyy Dazzles Washington on Whirlwind Trip to Give Thanks and Bolster Support

WASHINGTON — He came, he saw (and was seen), he conquered. If the initial response to his “surprise” visit to... Read More

WASHINGTON — He came, he saw (and was seen), he conquered. If the initial response to his “surprise” visit to Washington is any indication, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pulled off an extraordinary feat of diplomacy during 24 hours that took him... Read More

2022-12-09 19:04:27
by Dan McCue
White House to Host 50 African Leaders in Three-Day Summit

WASHINGTON — The White House will host representatives from 50 African nations at a three-day summit next week intended to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House will host representatives from 50 African nations at a three-day summit next week intended to “advance shared priorities,” while recognizing that the continent “is a key geopolitical player” that is “shaping the present and will... Read More

2022-12-08 15:17:20
by Dan McCue
WNBA Star Brittney Griner Freed for Russian Arms Dealer in Prisoner Swap

WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the All-Star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist who had... Read More

WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the All-Star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist who had been imprisoned in Russia, was released on Thursday morning in a swap for Viktor Bout, the jailed Russian arms dealer... Read More

2022-12-01 22:43:01
by Dan McCue
Pomp, Circumstance and a Shared Vision of the Future Mark Macron Visit

WASHINGTON — Pomp and military flare were on vivid display on the South Lawn of the White House early Thursday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Pomp and military flare were on vivid display on the South Lawn of the White House early Thursday morning as President Joe Biden formally welcomed his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, to the executive mansion. Though the two... Read More

2022-12-01 00:07:17
by Dan McCue
Macrons, Bidens to Dine on Maine Lobster, Beef and Artisanal Cheeses at State Dinner

WASHINGTON — Guests attending the first state dinner of the Biden administration will dine on butter poached Maine lobster and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Guests attending the first state dinner of the Biden administration will dine on butter poached Maine lobster and Calotte of beef while being serenaded by New Orleans, Louisiana, native Jon Batiste, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden revealed during... Read More

2022-11-30 17:08:34
by Kate Michael
Gen Z News Habits and Tech Tools Take Center Stage at Italian Embassy Event

WASHINGTON — A multigenerational audience joined Mariangela Zappia, ambassador of Italy to the United States, at the Embassy of Italy... Read More

WASHINGTON — A multigenerational audience joined Mariangela Zappia, ambassador of Italy to the United States, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night for a discussion of Gen Z news and social media trends. “They only know a... Read More

2022-11-28 22:58:04
by Dan McCue
French President’s US Visit to Feature Serious Talk, a State Dinner and a Side Trip to New Orleans

WASHINGTON — French President Emmanuel Macron’s whirlwind visit to the U.S. this week will include multiple stops in the nation’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — French President Emmanuel Macron’s whirlwind visit to the U.S. this week will include multiple stops in the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday and end with a visit to the Big Easy on Friday. The White House announced... Read More

2022-11-14 16:21:53
by Dan McCue
Biden, Xi Agree US and China Should ‘Manage’ Conflict, Compete ‘Responsibly’

BALI, Indonesia — President Biden’s much anticipated bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China took... Read More

BALI, Indonesia — President Biden’s much anticipated bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China took place Monday morning in Bali, Indonesia. The first face-to-face meeting of the leaders as heads of state of their respective... Read More

2022-11-10 18:40:29
by Dan McCue
First In-Person Meeting of Biden and China’s Xi Jinping

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, ahead of... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, ahead of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. Though the two leaders have spoken on five other occasions since Biden took office... Read More

2022-11-03 17:26:35
by Dan McCue
Kerry Sees Climate Talks as Time to Ensure Promises Made Are Promises Kept

WASHINGTON — A delegation of 16 high-ranking administration officials will travel to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, next week for COP27, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — A delegation of 16 high-ranking administration officials will travel to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, next week for COP27, a series of climate talks that U.S. Special Envoy John Kerry is framing as an opportunity to ensure that promises made... Read More

2022-10-25 20:05:27
by Dan McCue
Progressives Backtrack After Unforced Foul Over Biden’s Ukraine Policy

WASHINGTON — Sometimes the firing squad lines up in a circle. At least, that’s how it seemed by Tuesday morning... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sometimes the firing squad lines up in a circle. At least, that’s how it seemed by Tuesday morning after the House Progressive Caucus released and then hastily withdrew a letter to the White House questioning President Biden’s policy... Read More

2022-09-27 17:31:16
by Kate Michael
Pakistani Foreign Minister Praises Diplomacy but Blames ‘Great Polluters’ for Climate Catastrophe

WASHINGTON — After what he called “encouraging” talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari... Read More

WASHINGTON — After what he called “encouraging” talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari dealt harsh chastisements and warnings for the United States at the Wilson Center on Tuesday morning. Despite saying he was... Read More

2022-09-26 18:50:56
by Dan McCue
White House to Host State Dinner for Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron Dec. 1

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron for a state visit to the United States, which will include a state dinner, on Dec. 1, 2022.... Read More

Gorbachev, Who Redirected Course of 20th Century, Dies at 91

MOSCOW (AP) — Before Mikhail Gorbachev came along, the Soviet Union seemed an immovable superpower in perpetual antagonism to the... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Before Mikhail Gorbachev came along, the Soviet Union seemed an immovable superpower in perpetual antagonism to the United States. With a breathtaking series of reforms, Gorbachev changed all that — and redirected the course of the 20th... Read More

2022-08-30 19:03:57
by Kate Michael
Czech Ambassador Says Farewell With Laughs, Likening Bilateral Relationships to Millennial Dating 

WASHINGTON — After spending 20 years in New York, Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States Hynek Kmoníček claims he... Read More

WASHINGTON — After spending 20 years in New York, Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States Hynek Kmoníček claims he had “a rough start” in Washington, D.C. During a reception to honor his time in Washington as he heads to... Read More

2022-08-19 14:11:11
by Kate Michael
Q&A With Keo Chhea, US Ambassador From the Kingdom of Cambodia

WASHINGTON — Cambodia and the United States have a deep history and many business and trade connections. The Well News... Read More

WASHINGTON — Cambodia and the United States have a deep history and many business and trade connections. The Well News recently caught up with the recently-appointed ambassador of Cambodia to the United States, Keo Chhea to find out more about... Read More

China Announces New Drills as US Delegation Visits Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of... Read More

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to renew tensions between Beijing and Washington after a similar recent visit... Read More

Pelosi Meets Singapore Leaders at Start of Asia Tour

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with officials in Singapore on Monday at the... Read More

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with officials in Singapore on Monday at the start of her Asian tour, as questions swirled over a possible stop in Taiwan that has fueled tension with Beijing. Pelosi... Read More

Biden Lands in Saudi Arabia to Meet King, Crown Prince

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Joe Biden touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday, working to bridge a rift... Read More

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Joe Biden touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday, working to bridge a rift between the United States and the kingdom at a moment when concerns about human rights abuses have been eclipsed by other challenges,... Read More

Biden, Lapid Agree to Stop Iran Nuke Program, Differ on How

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stood side by side Thursday and declared they would not allow... Read More

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stood side by side Thursday and declared they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power. They parted ways, though, on how to get there. Biden, in a joint news... Read More

Biden Arrives in Mideast Jittery About Iran Nuclear Program

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Joe Biden opened his first visit to the Mideast as president on Wednesday by declaring a “bone... Read More

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Joe Biden opened his first visit to the Mideast as president on Wednesday by declaring a “bone deep” bond between the United States and Israel and pledging to strengthen economic connections between the two countries going forward.... Read More

Biden to Discuss Immigration, Trade with Mexico's President

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday for discussions the White House says... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday for discussions the White House says will showcase the underlying strength of a relationship that of late has been more notable for the leaders' disagreements on issues... Read More

Biden to Visit 'Pariah' Saudi Arabia and Israel Next Month

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden confirmed on Tuesday that he will visit Saudi Arabia next month for talks with... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden confirmed on Tuesday that he will visit Saudi Arabia next month for talks with leaders of the kingdom, a dramatic reordering of his stance on the kingdom that he pledged to make a “pariah” as a... Read More

Biden Seeks Consensus at Fractured Americas Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plunged into this week's Summit of the Americas aiming to push for regional progress... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plunged into this week's Summit of the Americas aiming to push for regional progress in addressing economic development, climate change and migration despite the absence of some notable counterparts from Latin America. With the U.S. playing... Read More

2022-06-08 20:39:24
by Reece Nations
Blinken Discusses Economic Agenda, Challenges at Summit of the Americas 

LOS ANGELES — Secretary of State Antony Blinken took the stage at the Ninth Summit of the Americas on Wednesday... Read More

LOS ANGELES — Secretary of State Antony Blinken took the stage at the Ninth Summit of the Americas on Wednesday to discuss the economic priorities of the Biden-Harris administration and how its international partnerships play into those commitments. Blinken was... Read More

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