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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

2021-07-14 18:47:27
by Dan McCue
Jeff Flake’s Next Act: Biden Ambassador Nominee

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who backed President Joe Biden over his own party’s nominee, President Donald Trump... Read More

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who backed President Joe Biden over his own party’s nominee, President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, is now Biden’s nominee to be the United States’ next ambassador to Turkey. Flake is the... Read More

2021-07-14 14:27:32
by Kate Michael
Post Biden Visit, EU Ambassador Reflects on Trade and Travel

WASHINGTON — After shutting down the European Union’s embassy in April 2020, European diplomats had to follow the last months... Read More

WASHINGTON — After shutting down the European Union’s embassy in April 2020, European diplomats had to follow the last months of the Trump administration from afar, stay abreast of a contentious presidential campaign virtually, and develop new relationships while transitioning... Read More

EXPLAINER: Assassination Threatens More Chaos for Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse seemed to have thrown an already turbulent nation into chaos... Read More

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse seemed to have thrown an already turbulent nation into chaos on Wednesday, with a muddled line of succession. Here is a look at the situation: WHO WAS THE ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT?... Read More

2021-07-01 14:58:47
by Kate Michael
‘Work on This Agreement is Never Going to be Finished,’ Tai Says of USMCA

WASHINGTON — At the one-year anniversary of the USMCA trade agreement coming into force, trade representatives from the United States,... Read More

WASHINGTON — At the one-year anniversary of the USMCA trade agreement coming into force, trade representatives from the United States, Mexico, and Canada are patting themselves on the back for a job well done. They have good reason, as the... Read More

2021-06-30 20:19:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp
House Votes to Ease Entry Process for Afghan Interpreters

WASHINGTON- A bipartisan bill that would speed up the refugee process for Afghans who assisted U.S. soldiers passed the House... Read More

WASHINGTON- A bipartisan bill that would speed up the refugee process for Afghans who assisted U.S. soldiers passed the House on Tuesday. It is part of the attempt to shield them from retaliation, which has become a pressing issue as... Read More

US to Keep About 650 troops in Afghanistan After Withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S.... Read More

2021-06-22 17:29:42
by Daniel Mollenkamp
U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiatives Look To Reduce Central American Migration

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agency for International Development unveiled nearly $175 million in initiatives for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agency for International Development unveiled nearly $175 million in initiatives for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala related to the Biden administration's strategy for reducing the inflow of migrants to the southern border.   The initiatives were connected... Read More

2021-06-17 19:52:27
by Kate Michael
‘There’s just something about Putinism,’ Analysts Reflect on Russia and US Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON — The recent summit between U.S. President Biden and Russian President Putin has been hailed by both countries as... Read More

WASHINGTON — The recent summit between U.S. President Biden and Russian President Putin has been hailed by both countries as an opportunity to reevaluate the nations' relationship. While the three-hour conversation may not have inspired confidence toward ensuring stability, the... Read More

2021-06-16 23:56:49
by Kate Michael
NATO Chief Stoltenberg Says 'Political Unity Matters'

WASHINGTON — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined his vision for a renewed trans-Atlantic Alliance before the Brooking Institution earlier... Read More

WASHINGTON — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined his vision for a renewed trans-Atlantic Alliance before the Brooking Institution earlier this month, declaring that the alliance will “seize the opportunity to keep our people safe in a more contested world.”... Read More

2021-06-15 14:58:38
by Dan McCue
Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute

President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved to end a 17-year dispute with the European Union over how big a government... Read More

President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved to end a 17-year dispute with the European Union over how big a government subsidy each can provide to its major aircraft manufacturer. That’s Boeing in the case of the U.S.; Airbus in the... Read More

2021-06-10 11:03:06
by TWN Staff
US to Donate 500M Doses of Pfizer Vaccine to Nations Still in Throes of Pandemic

The White House announced Thursday that the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92... Read More

The White House announced Thursday that the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and the African Union, a historic action intended to supercharge the global fight against the... Read More

2021-06-07 19:48:45
by Reece Nations
G7 Ministers Reach Global Minimum Tax Agreement, But Some Say Deal is Too Minimal

LONDON — Finance Ministers from the Group of 7 have struck a landmark agreement to establish a 15% global minimum... Read More

LONDON — Finance Ministers from the Group of 7 have struck a landmark agreement to establish a 15% global minimum tax rate, discouraging large multinational companies from shifting profits to offshore tax-havens. The deal, announced over the weekend, was struck... Read More

2021-06-07 19:44:43
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Mexico's Midterm Elections And US-Mexico Relations

One of the largest elections in Mexico's history, widely described as a referendum on the president and the future of... Read More

One of the largest elections in Mexico's history, widely described as a referendum on the president and the future of Mexico, took place over the weekend. Preliminary results show that although it will remain dominant, the president's party is projected... Read More

2021-06-02 18:12:47
by Kate Michael
Environment, Tourism, Legacy all on the Agenda at Antarctic Treaty Meeting

WASHINGTON — Competing claims and diplomatic disputes over Antarctica resulted in 12 countries coming together to create an Antarctic Treaty... Read More

WASHINGTON — Competing claims and diplomatic disputes over Antarctica resulted in 12 countries coming together to create an Antarctic Treaty that came into force in 1961. Now 60 years later, 54 countries are involved, and policies and management of the... Read More

2021-06-01 14:38:50
by Kate Michael
Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the “cicada invasion” twice during her “non-diplomatic, but highly socially-connected” childhood in Northern Virginia while her father served as Saudi Arabian... Read More

2021-05-28 17:53:23
by Kate Michael
Former Patent Office Director Says American Ingenuity Answer to China IP Theft

WASHINGTON — From counterfeiting to talent acquisitions and even forced technology transfers, the United States has long struggled with the... Read More

WASHINGTON — From counterfeiting to talent acquisitions and even forced technology transfers, the United States has long struggled with the idea that China is facilitating or condoning the theft of American intellectual property. In fact, China is often cited as... Read More

2021-05-26 23:27:42
by TWN Staff
Indian American Groups Press White House on Vaccines for India

The United States' leading Indian American civic and political organization, IMPACT, has launched what it describes as a seven figure... Read More

The United States' leading Indian American civic and political organization, IMPACT, has launched what it describes as a seven figure campaign to compel the Biden administration to rush COVID-19 vaccines to India and help the country build its own vaccine... Read More

2021-05-26 12:11:44
by Kate Michael
Blair Pushes Plan for Vaccinating the World in US, UK’s ‘Self-Interest’

WASHINGTON — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been a vocal monitor of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, even sometimes... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been a vocal monitor of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, even sometimes criticizing the process in the U.K., which in many respects led the global vaccination effort earlier this year. Through his... Read More

2021-05-25 20:32:19
by Dan McCue
US Advances First USMCA Dispute Panel Over Canadian Dairy Practices

WASHINGTON - The United States has requested the first ever dispute panel to settle a trade conflict under the United... Read More

WASHINGTON - The United States has requested the first ever dispute panel to settle a trade conflict under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Tuesday. The United States is challenging Canada’s allocation of dairy tariff-rate quotas,... Read More

2021-05-20 21:34:55
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Tense Elections Will Shape the Horn of Africa's Future, Experts Say

Ethiopia and Somalia will see tense elections this year which experts suggest will play a significant role in shaping the... Read More

Ethiopia and Somalia will see tense elections this year which experts suggest will play a significant role in shaping the future of the Horn of Africa. On Thursday, director of the Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors and senior fellow at... Read More

Blinken Hasn't Seen Any Evidence on AP Gaza Building Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday he hasn't yet seen any evidence supporting Israel's claim that... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday he hasn't yet seen any evidence supporting Israel's claim that Hamas operated in a Gaza building housing The Associated Press and other media outlets that was destroyed by an Israeli... Read More

2021-05-10 15:05:19
by Kate Michael
Could Biden’s Use of Sanctions Affect U.S.-Canada Relationship?

WASHINGTON — While much has been studied about President Biden’s first 100 days in office, most of that analysis has... Read More

WASHINGTON — While much has been studied about President Biden’s first 100 days in office, most of that analysis has focused on how the administration’s actions impact American citizens or relationships with the world’s other great powers, but many wonder... Read More

2021-05-07 19:54:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Middle East Needs to Move to 'A New Economic Model,' According to IMF Official

An official from the International Monetary Fund argued this week that the Middle East and Central Asia regions should shift... Read More

An official from the International Monetary Fund argued this week that the Middle East and Central Asia regions should shift towards a new and inclusive economic model as they emerge from the pandemic, echoing IMF claims that this is the... Read More

2021-05-07 17:43:50
by Kate Michael
UK Ambassador Says Integrated Review Responds to ‘Nasty Age in the 21st Century’

WASHINGTON — Following its recent withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom published an Integrated Review setting out a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Following its recent withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom published an Integrated Review setting out a vision for a renewed role in the world. This comprehensive document also underlines that the U.K. and the U.S. take... Read More

2021-05-05 14:14:28
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Focused On Diversity And Global Health, Power Takes The Helm of USAID

In the middle of her first day as the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, deep into meetings... Read More

In the middle of her first day as the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, deep into meetings about inclusivity and diversity in the agency and the rise in coronavirus cases in India, Samantha Power noticed a paper... Read More

2021-04-27 18:34:00
by Reece Nations
Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge

NEW DELHI — President Joe Biden vowed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi secure medical resources to help India combat... Read More

NEW DELHI — President Joe Biden vowed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi secure medical resources to help India combat the rampant spread of COVID-19 during a diplomatic call on Monday, affirming the United States’ support for its ally after... Read More

2021-04-22 20:02:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the... Read More

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the U.S. would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half over the next decade. Biden’s plan promises to lower greenhouse gas... Read More

2021-04-21 19:32:09
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senators Pressure Biden to Release Vaccine Formula

WASHINGTON - A group of senators is urging President Joe Biden to support an international push to make the basic... Read More

WASHINGTON - A group of senators is urging President Joe Biden to support an international push to make the basic formula for the COVID-19 vaccine available to less affluent countries that are experiencing vaccine shortages. “Simply put, we must make... Read More

EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit... Read More

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