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2021-08-13 19:28:21
by Victoria Turner
US Treasury Slaps Sanctions on Two Cuban Officials and Military Unit

Cubans have taken to the streets since July demanding a democratic life, and violence against exerting their civil rights will... Read More

Cubans have taken to the streets since July demanding a democratic life, and violence against exerting their civil rights will not be tolerated under the U.S. Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Friday saw the third set of sanctions by... Read More

2021-08-10 20:15:07
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Officials Give Assurances U.S. Has Strong Mideast Influence

WASHINGTON -- The Taliban continued retaking control of Afghanistan Tuesday as U.S. forces withdrew, but Biden administration officials told the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Taliban continued retaking control of Afghanistan Tuesday as U.S. forces withdrew, but Biden administration officials told the Senate the American political position in the Middle East remains strong. However, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are creating challenges as... Read More

2021-08-09 15:15:13
by Kate Michael
China’s Food Security Policies Could Endanger Others

WASHINGTON -- Several of China’s policies give democratic nations pause, but at least one analyst has singled out its plan... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Several of China’s policies give democratic nations pause, but at least one analyst has singled out its plan for food security as a major cause for concern. In her latest paper published for the Hinrich Foundation, former U.S.... Read More

2021-08-05 13:31:39
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that normally would stay behind the closed doors where clandestine issues are discussed. Select Committee on Intelligence leaders revealed that China’s... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- Had President Biden sought Gen. David Petraeus’s advice on the Allied troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, he has made... Read More

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

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

The U.S. combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, President Joe Biden announced Monday. However... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

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

The United States, NATO and several allies collectively called out China on Monday for a series of malicious cyber- and... Read More

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

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

A report from the U.S. voiced concern over ongoing human rights abuses, which the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken,... Read More

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

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan relinquished his position at a ceremony in the capital Kabul... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31,... Read More

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

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

An industry group representing Google, Facebook and other Internet companies warned Hong Kong’s government that changes to the city’s data-protection... Read More

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

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

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... Read 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

GENEVA (AP) — With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin plunged... Read More

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

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries were met... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department may seek authorization to carry out airstrikes if the capital of Kabul or any other... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned the Senate Tuesday that although China is mostly a trading partner now, its threat to... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19... Read More

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

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — On a trip overshadowed by the crisis in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Antony... Read More

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

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

Over the last two weeks, China and the U.S. have made dueling comments about whether Taiwan should be admitted to... Read More

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

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

“Make no mistake, our adversaries want to divide us to conquer us,” warned Erin Joe, section chief of the private... Read More

“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

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

WASHINGTON- Although western sanctions have not forced the Russian government to completely end its aggressions in Ukraine, the true impact... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were warned by CIA Director William Burns that American intelligence operations in... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. should discard... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in... Read More

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

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