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Former Intelligence Officials on the ‘Deteriorating’ Situation in Afghanistan
Think Tanks
Former Intelligence Officials on the ‘Deteriorating’ Situation in Afghanistan
2021-07-28 20:18:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Had President Biden sought Gen. David Petraeus’s advice on the Allied troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, he has made no secret of that fact he would have advised against it, even though the general admits the goals from engaging... Read More

US Combat Mission in Iraq to Conclude by Year End
White House
US Combat Mission in Iraq to Conclude by Year End
2021-07-27 13:43:16
by Dan McCue

The U.S. combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, President Joe Biden announced Monday. However the president would not say whether he planned to reduce the number of troops in Iraq, which now number about... Read More

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

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

China Rejects Hacking Charges, Accuses US of Cyberspying
Geopolitics
China Rejects Hacking Charges, Accuses US of Cyberspying

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday rejected an accusation by Washington and its Western allies that Beijing is to blame for a hack of the Microsoft Exchange email system and complained Chinese entities are victims of damaging U.S. cyberattacks. A... Read More

US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
Cybercrime
US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
2021-07-19 13:41:56
by Dan McCue

The United States, NATO and several allies collectively called out China on Monday for a series of malicious cyber- and ransomware attacks, including a March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server. Monday’s announcement, which followed a conference... Read More

U.S. Names China, Ethiopia, Myanmar In Genocide Prevention Report
Geopolitics
U.S. Names China, Ethiopia, Myanmar In Genocide Prevention Report
2021-07-13 19:52:09
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A report from the U.S. voiced concern over ongoing human rights abuses, which the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, at a press conference on Monday characterized as an attempt to apply international pressure to stop atrocities. In the 2021... Read More

Top US Commander in Afghanistan Relinquishes Post
Military
Top US Commander in Afghanistan Relinquishes Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan relinquished his position at a ceremony in the capital Kabul on Monday, taking the United States a step closer to ending its 20-year war. The move came as Taliban insurgents... Read More

Biden Says US War in Afghanistan Will End August 31
White House
Biden Says US War in Afghanistan Will End August 31

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31, saying "speed is safety" as the United States seeks to end the nearly 20-year war. "We did not go to... Read More

Big Tech Industry Group Criticizes Hong Kong’s Vague Data Rules
Technology
Big Tech Industry Group Criticizes Hong Kong’s Vague Data Rules
2021-07-06 15:23:12
by Dan McCue

An industry group representing Google, Facebook and other Internet companies warned Hong Kong’s government that changes to the city’s data-protection laws could dramatically curb the companies’ ability to provide services to it. The problem, the letter says, is vaguely worded... Read More

US to Keep About 650 troops in Afghanistan After Withdrawal
Military
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 main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S.... Read More

Biden, Putin Discuss Ambassadors, Nuclear Weapons and More
Geopolitics
Biden, Putin Discuss Ambassadors, Nuclear Weapons and More

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia spent more than three hours discussing issues Wednesday at their summit in Geneva. They ticked through their respective lists so quickly and in such "excruciating detail," Biden says, that they looked at... Read More

'Two Great Powers': Biden, Putin Plunge Into Hours of Talks
Geopolitics
'Two Great Powers': Biden, Putin Plunge Into Hours of Talks

GENEVA (AP) — With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin plunged into hours of face-to-face talks Wednesday at a lush lakeside Swiss mansion, a highly anticipated summit at a time when... Read More

Celebrations (and Questions) Greet US Vaccine Donation Plan
Health
Celebrations (and Questions) Greet US Vaccine Donation Plan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries were met Thursday with both celebration and hesitation amid questions over whether the effort will be enough to help poor regions desperate... Read More

Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout
Defense
Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout
2021-06-10 13:07:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department may seek authorization to carry out airstrikes if the capital of Kabul or any other major city in Afghanistan is in danger of falling to the Taliban after the U.S. completes the withdrawal of its... Read More

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

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

Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals
Technology
Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote... Read More

Defense Analysts Warn Senate of China’s Multi-Pronged Threat
Geopolitics
Defense Analysts Warn Senate of China’s Multi-Pronged Threat
2021-06-08 21:07:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned the Senate Tuesday that although China is mostly a trading partner now, its threat to U.S. national security should not be overlooked. They described an expansionist, long-term strategy intended to displace the United States as... Read More

Biden Boosting World Vaccine Sharing Commitment to 80M Doses
Health
Biden Boosting World Vaccine Sharing Commitment to 80M Doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks as domestic demand for shots drops and global disparities in distribution... Read More

Blinken Brings Biden's Anti-Trump Climate Policy to Iceland
Geopolitics
Blinken Brings Biden's Anti-Trump Climate Policy to Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — On a trip overshadowed by the crisis in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday touted the Biden administration's abrupt shift in its predecessor's climate policies as he visited Iceland for talks... Read More

China Irked By US Push for Taiwan Presence at World Health Assembly
Geopolitics
China Irked By US Push for Taiwan Presence at World Health Assembly
2021-05-14 18:28:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Over the last two weeks, China and the U.S. have made dueling comments about whether Taiwan should be admitted to this year's World Health Assembly, the meeting where priorities and policies of the World Health Organization are set, which will... Read More

US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
Geopolitics
US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
2021-05-12 20:39:50
by Victoria Turner

“Make no mistake, our adversaries want to divide us to conquer us,” warned Erin Joe, section chief of the private sector office of the FBI, noting that nation-states like Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are deploying daily cyberattacks against... Read More

Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
Think Tanks
Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
2021-05-06 18:51:38
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Although western sanctions have not forced the Russian government to completely end its aggressions in Ukraine, the true impact of the sanctions has not been fully acknowledged, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council, an international affairs... Read More

Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
Geopolitics
Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
2021-04-29 19:07:10
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were warned by CIA Director William Burns that American intelligence operations in Afghanistan will be kneecapped by the United States’ imminent withdrawal from the region.  Burns, confirmed as the head of the... Read More

Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic
Health
Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global... Read More

Carnegie Endowment Urges Biden To Reverse Trump's Israel-Palestine Policies
Geopolitics
Carnegie Endowment Urges Biden To Reverse Trump's Israel-Palestine Policies
2021-04-22 20:06:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. should discard the Trump-era Israel-Palestine policies as a first step to break the status quo. The new report argues that the U.S.... Read More

Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge
White House
Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and... Read More

U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
Geopolitics
U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
2021-04-21 14:48:42
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. has condemned the sentencing of protesters in Hong Kong, which it says was a violation of their rights under international agreements and an indefensible attempt to silence dissent by the Chinese government.  Last week, Chinese authorities sentenced seven... Read More

Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
Foreign Affairs
Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
2021-04-19 19:03:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - A non-partisan think tank and registered lobby firm focused on national security and foreign policy issues released a report this week recommending changes to the structure of the World Health Organization, the UN body that coordinates international health... Read More

China Says US 'Too Negative' Toward China
Geopolitics
China Says US 'Too Negative' Toward China

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat has called U.S. policy on China "too negative," saying it highlights confrontation over cooperation.  Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng said Friday that cooperation could be critically important as U.S. President Joe... Read More

Analysis: Biden Takes a Risk Pulling Troops from Afghanistan
Military
Analysis: Biden Takes a Risk Pulling Troops from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America's war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United... Read More

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