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Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit
Foreign Affairs
Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will make his first big appearance on the global stage as president on Friday, offering Group of Seven allies and other foreign leaders a glimpse into his plans to dramatically reshape U.S. foreign policy even... Read More

Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders
Geopolitics
Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing packages, war-gaming the "what-ifs," and Oval Office discussions about how to talk to this or that particular U.S. ally or... Read More

Biden Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Leaders Who Directed Coup
Foreign Affairs
Biden Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Leaders Who Directed Coup
2021-02-10 20:08:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is imposing sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar who directed the coup that deposed and detained its elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and several other individuals. Speaking... Read More

Families Seek Exemptions to U.S., Canada Land Border Closure
Foreign Affairs
Families Seek Exemptions to U.S., Canada Land Border Closure
2021-02-10 15:53:07
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — When it comes to COVID restrictions along America’s northern border, the United States and Canada are treating travelers rather differently. While this may not be as concerning for most general discretionary travel, bi-national families are increasingly frustrated with... Read More

Israeli PM Pleads Not Guilty as Corruption Trial Resumes
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Israeli PM Pleads Not Guilty as Corruption Trial Resumes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded not guilty Monday as his trial on corruption charges resumed in a Jerusalem courtroom just weeks before national elections in which he hopes to extend his 12-year rule. Netanyahu was indicted... Read More

Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies
Dep. of State
Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on Thursday is visiting the State Department, the most senior of the Cabinet agencies, to underscore his promise to restore a... Read More

Canada Designates the Proud Boys as a Terrorist Entity
Foreign Affairs
Canada Designates the Proud Boys as a Terrorist Entity

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys have faced increased scrutiny... Read More

Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective
Health
Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists say the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in a British medical journal. The news is a boost for the shot that is increasingly... Read More

Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years
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Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition leader Alexei Navalny denounced a Moscow court hearing Tuesday on whether he should be sent to prison for years, calling it a vain attempt by the Kremlin to scare millions of Russians into submission. The 44-year-old... Read More

China Derecognizes British National Overseas Passport
Foreign Affairs
China Derecognizes British National Overseas Passport

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong... Read More

EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies
Foreign Affairs
EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

New Leaders Named at US-funded International Broadcasters
Media
New Leaders Named at US-funded International Broadcasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Sunday installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, the acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
Travel
CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
2021-01-25 21:43:56
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put into effect on Tuesday a new order that mandates all air passengers into the US have taken a viral test for coronavirus infection within three days of their flight. Written... Read More

After Failed Trump Romance, France Seeks Reset Under Biden
Foreign Affairs
After Failed Trump Romance, France Seeks Reset Under Biden

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed... Read More

Head of U.S. Agency for Global Media Resigns
Political News
Head of U.S. Agency for Global Media Resigns
2021-01-25 17:20:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The government agency that runs Voice of America is getting a new chief executive after the controversial previous head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media resigned Wednesday. Michael Pack was given an ultimatum by the Biden administration:... Read More

Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty
Geopolitics
Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s... Read More

EXPLAINER: What's Next for WHO After US Takes Steps to Stay
Health
EXPLAINER: What's Next for WHO After US Takes Steps to Stay

GENEVA (AP) — The Biden administration has taken quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization and reinforce financial and staffing support for it — part of his ambition to launch a full-throttle effort to fight... Read More

Biden's US Revives Support for WHO, Reversing Trump Retreat
Health
Biden's US Revives Support for WHO, Reversing Trump Retreat

GENEVA (AP) — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for... Read More

World Leaders Laud US Return to Climate Fight Under Biden
Climate
World Leaders Laud US Return to Climate Fight Under Biden

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson... Read More

World Hopes for Renewed Cooperation with US Under Biden
Foreign Affairs
World Hopes for Renewed Cooperation with US Under Biden

MEXICO CITY (AP) — World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed. Many expressed... Read More

Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs
U.S. Senate
Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs
2021-01-19 22:16:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that represents one of several big changes planned by the new president. Biden nominated his long-time foreign affairs advisor Antony J.... Read More

Leaders Like UK’s Johnson Who Wooed Trump Face Tricky Reset
Foreign Affairs
Leaders Like UK’s Johnson Who Wooed Trump Face Tricky Reset

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of nice things about Donald Trump over the years, from expressing admiration for the U.S. president to suggesting he might be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. But... Read More

From 'Beautiful' to 'Disgraceful': World Reacts to US Mob
Foreign Affairs
From 'Beautiful' to 'Disgraceful': World Reacts to US Mob

TOKYO (AP) — Amid the global outrage at the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by angry supporters of President Donald Trump was a persistent strain of glee from those who have long resented the perceived American tendency to chastise... Read More

Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death
Geopolitics
Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death
2021-01-05 18:24:04
by Tom Ramstack

The U.S. Defense Department changed course Sunday and sent an aircraft carrier to stand ready off the coast of Iran as tensions escalate with the United States. The USS Nimitz was heading home last week after a 10-month deployment in... Read More

NYSE Withdraws Plans to Delist 3 Chinese Phone Carriers
Business
NYSE Withdraws Plans to Delist 3 Chinese Phone Carriers

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange says it is withdrawing plans to remove shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an order by President Donald Trump. The exchange cited “further consultation” with U.S. regulators but gave... Read More

UK Warns of 'Bumpy' Post-Brexit Transition Despite Deal
Brexit
UK Warns of 'Bumpy' Post-Brexit Transition Despite Deal

LONDON (AP) — First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade agreement with the European Union, the British government warned businesses to get ready for... Read More

UK and EU Reach Post-Brexit Trade Agreement
Brexit
UK and EU Reach Post-Brexit Trade Agreement

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just a week before the deadline, Britain and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Thursday that should avert economic chaos on New Year's and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil.... Read More

Report: Gov't Spyware Targets Phones of Al-Jazeera Reporters
Media
Report: Gov't Spyware Targets Phones of Al-Jazeera Reporters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dozens of journalists at Al-Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media company, have been targeted by advanced spyware in an attack likely linked to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a cybersecurity... Read More

UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears
Foreign Affairs
UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears

LONDON (AP) — Trucks waiting to get in and out of Britain backed up for miles and people were stranded at airports Monday as many countries imposed stringent travel restrictions over concerns about a new strain of the coronavirus that... Read More

Senate Debates Tactics to Make America More Competitive with China
Trade
Senate Debates Tactics to Make America More Competitive with China
2020-12-17 14:36:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate continued a hardline crackdown on China Wednesday during a hearing on how to ratchet up American economic competitiveness. Economic advisors repeated warnings that the U.S. government needs to create more incentives for domestic industries that... Read More

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