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US, Russia Hold Talks Amid Tensions Linked to Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on... Read More

GENEVA (AP) — Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine, part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in Europe this week. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei... Read More

2022-01-04 21:02:53
by Dan McCue
USMCA Panel Gives US a Win Over Canada in Dairy Dispute

WASHINGTON — The United States has prevailed in the first dispute resolution case brought under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States has prevailed in the first dispute resolution case brought under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known more commonly as USMCA. The case before the inaugural dispute settlement panel was a long-running dispute over Canadian trade policies... Read More

Biden to Focus on Elections, Media as Democracy Summit Wraps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to close his two-day virtual Summit for Democracy on Friday by shining a spotlight... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to close his two-day virtual Summit for Democracy on Friday by shining a spotlight on the importance of election integrity, countering authoritarian regimes and bolstering independent media. On the summit's first day, Biden announced... Read More

Biden to Decry Democracy 'Recession' at White House Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to urge participants at the first White House Summit for Democracy to reverse an ongoing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to urge participants at the first White House Summit for Democracy to reverse an ongoing “recession” of democracy that is playing out at a time of rising authoritarianism around the globe and extraordinary strains on... Read More

2021-11-29 22:54:36
by Kate Michael
Critics Say Humanitarian Aid May Prolong Conflict, Hamper Long-Term Development

WASHINGTON — According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2020 the most people on... Read More

WASHINGTON — According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2020 the most people on record — about 82.4 million people — were displaced around the world and 243.8 million people required humanitarian assistance. That... Read More

2021-11-19 15:52:43
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Regain Influence in United Nations

WASHINGTON — A top State Department official continued the Biden administration’s theme of “We’re back” during a congressional hearing Thursday... Read More

WASHINGTON — A top State Department official continued the Biden administration’s theme of “We’re back” during a congressional hearing Thursday on the United States’ role in the United Nations. The State Department is trying to regain leadership positions that suffered... Read More

Differences Endure as Biden Brings Back North America Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — North America's leaders are reviving three-way summitry after a Trump-era break. As President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — North America's leaders are reviving three-way summitry after a Trump-era break. As President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador resume the tradition of the North America Leaders' Summit on... Read More

2021-11-02 20:29:41
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Senate Legislation Aims to Prevent Foreign Extortion

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday that would criminalize bribery demands by foreign officials. Although bribery is considered criminal activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act... Read More

Biden Tells Macron US 'Clumsy' in Australian Submarine Deal

ROME (AP) — Working to patch things up with an old ally, President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron... Read More

ROME (AP) — Working to patch things up with an old ally, President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday that the U.S. had been "clumsy" in its handling of a secret U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia, an... Read More

2021-10-22 18:50:54
by Dan McCue
Vice President Harris to Meet With Macron During Paris Visit

WASHINGTON - Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in November in the administration’s latest attempt... Read More

WASHINGTON - Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in November in the administration’s latest attempt to repair the diplomatic damage caused by a botched submarine agreement. The White House announced Friday that Harris and Second... Read More

2021-10-21 17:52:52
by TWN Staff
Government Unveils Suite of Analyses on Climate Change

Several federal agencies representing the core of the executive branch’s national security and foreign policy apparatus, are releasing a suite... Read More

Several federal agencies representing the core of the executive branch’s national security and foreign policy apparatus, are releasing a suite of reports on the impact of climate change at home and abroad, and particularly on how to deal with the... Read More

2021-10-20 17:57:52
by Kate Michael
Experts Fear Travel Restrictions Have Unintended Consequences for Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Early advice from the World Health Organization warned against imposing travel or trade restrictions on countries experiencing COVID-19... Read More

WASHINGTON — Early advice from the World Health Organization warned against imposing travel or trade restrictions on countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. Now experts fear the decision by most countries to ignore this advice may have unintended consequences for the future... Read More

Border Residents Rejoice as US Says it Will Lift Travel Ban

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Beleaguered business owners and families separated by COVID-19 restrictions rejoiced Wednesday after the U.S. said it... Read More

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Beleaguered business owners and families separated by COVID-19 restrictions rejoiced Wednesday after the U.S. said it will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze. Travel across land borders from Canada... Read More

Fiona Hill, a Nobody to Trump and Putin, Saw Into Them Both

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin paid scant attention to Fiona Hill, a preeminent U.S. expert on Russia, when she was... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin paid scant attention to Fiona Hill, a preeminent U.S. expert on Russia, when she was seated next to him at dinners. Putin's people placed her there by design, choosing a "nondescript woman," as she put... Read More

2021-09-22 18:09:38
by Reece Nations
Biden Discusses AUKUS Partnership with Macron Amid 'Diplomatic Crisis'

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the United States' new strategic... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the United States' new strategic partnership with the U.K. and Australia. Australia is set to construct eight nuclear-powered submarines through its alliance with the U.S.... Read More

2021-09-20 18:09:25
by Dan McCue
White House to Ease Restrictions on Travelers to US in November

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration announced Monday that it will ease restrictions on international travelers coming to the U.S. starting... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration announced Monday that it will ease restrictions on international travelers coming to the U.S. starting in early November, requiring them to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before boarding a U.S. bound plane.... Read More

Biden Pitching Partnership After Tough Stretch With Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership... Read More

2021-09-17 21:10:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp
US Threatens Sanctions Against Officials in Tigray Conflict

The United States has threatened to issue new sanctions against members of the Tigray conflict in northwestern Ethiopia.  The conflict,... Read More

The United States has threatened to issue new sanctions against members of the Tigray conflict in northwestern Ethiopia.  The conflict, which has continued to deteriorate the stability of the region, has grown since last November. White House officials have said... Read More

States Learning How Many Afghan Evacuees Coming Their Way

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is... Read More

2021-09-10 20:59:35
by Daniel Mollenkamp
9/11 Prompts Reflections On The Legacy of Terror And American Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON -- Twenty years after the Twin Towers collapsed in flamesand smoke, Americans are reflecting on the lessons they say... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Twenty years after the Twin Towers collapsed in flamesand smoke, Americans are reflecting on the lessons they say they’ve learned, in particular on the legacy of the U.S. foreign policy triggered by 9/11. John Allen, president of the... Read More

2021-07-27 13:05:34
by Tom Ramstack
White House Protesters Want Biden To Increase Pressure on Cuba

WASHINGTON -- Cuban Americans made a plea for the United States to help the people of their home country Monday... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Cuban Americans made a plea for the United States to help the people of their home country Monday during a protest in Washington, D.C.  From a rally at the White House and during a march to the nearby... Read More

2021-07-26 13:05:12
by Dan McCue
U.S. and Mexico Fail to Resolve Dispute on Trade Rules for Cars

The U.S. and Mexico failed to resolve a dispute over trade rules for cars during a meeting last week, a... Read More

The U.S. and Mexico failed to resolve a dispute over trade rules for cars during a meeting last week, a development - or lack of one - that appears capable of severely straining relations between the two countries a year... Read More

2021-07-23 12:47:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp
US Should Appoint Special Envoy To Myanmar, Former Ambassador Says

WASHINGTON- The U.S. should appoint a special envoy for the devolving situation in Myanmar, a former U.S. ambassador to the... Read More

WASHINGTON- The U.S. should appoint a special envoy for the devolving situation in Myanmar, a former U.S. ambassador to the country said on Thursday morning.  "We're seeing, little by little and step by step, in slow motion, the collapse of... Read More

Canada to Let Vaccinated US Citizens Enter Country on Aug. 9

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and... Read More

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as... Read More

2021-07-19 20:57:05
by Tom Ramstack
Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge

WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would expedite visas for Afghans who assisted the U.S. military glided through a congressional hearing... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would expedite visas for Afghans who assisted the U.S. military glided through a congressional hearing Monday as the urgency grows to save them. As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, some Afghans who helped the U.S.... Read More

2021-07-19 13:35:24
by Dan McCue
Explainer: Shortages in Cuba Led to Unrest, Questions About Future US Role

WASHINGTON - The chants, loud and impassioned, could be heard every time someone opened the White House press room door.... Read More

WASHINGTON - The chants, loud and impassioned, could be heard every time someone opened the White House press room door. With a balmy, near tropical heat, settled over the nation’s capital, the sprinklers outside seemed to spray with added urgency... Read More

2021-07-16 20:12:08
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Carnegie Endowment Explores Window for Infrastructure Investments In Africa

WASHINGTON - The recovery period for COVID-19 has raised a limited window for western countries to try to go after... Read More

WASHINGTON - The recovery period for COVID-19 has raised a limited window for western countries to try to go after areas that need investment in Africa, according to a scholar at a D.C.-based think tank event this week. The virus... Read More

2021-07-15 20:22:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Emmer Urges Biden to Get Afghan Interpreters Out Of Harm's Way

WASHINGTON- A letter from Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., to President Joe Biden this week urged the administration for firm plans... Read More

WASHINGTON- A letter from Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., to President Joe Biden this week urged the administration for firm plans to safeguard Afghans who worked with American troops during the War on Terror. As American troops continue to withdraw from... Read More

Cuba, Haiti Stir Fresh Political Pressures for US President

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are two tiny Caribbean states whose intractable problems have vexed U.S. presidents for decades. Now, Haiti... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are two tiny Caribbean states whose intractable problems have vexed U.S. presidents for decades. Now, Haiti and Cuba are suddenly posing a growing challenge for President Joe Biden that could have political ramifications for him in... Read More

US to Begin Evacuating Afghans Who Aided American Military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that it is prepared to begin evacuation flights for Afghan interpreters and... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that it is prepared to begin evacuation flights for Afghan interpreters and translators who aided the U.S. military effort in the nearly 20-year war. The Operation Allies Refuge flights out of Afghanistan... Read More

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