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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

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

The U.S. has condemned the sentencing of protesters in Hong Kong, which it says was a violation of their rights... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A non-partisan think tank and registered lobby firm focused on national security and foreign policy issues released a... Read More

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

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat has called U.S. policy on China "too negative," saying it highlights confrontation over... Read More

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

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America's war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring... Read More

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

2021-04-15 13:19:16
by Dan McCue
White House Expels Russian Diplomats, Imposes New Sanctions

The White House on Thursday unveiled sweeping sanctions on Russia in retaliation for cyberattacks, foreign influence operations and other behavior.... Read More

The White House on Thursday unveiled sweeping sanctions on Russia in retaliation for cyberattacks, foreign influence operations and other behavior. The measures include the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats. The moves were announced Thursday morning in a lengthy statement from... Read More

2021-04-14 14:34:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Iran Deal Negotiations Tense but Continuing

Preliminary talks in Vienna about the possible return of the U.S. to the Iran Deal, also known as the joint... Read More

Preliminary talks in Vienna about the possible return of the U.S. to the Iran Deal, also known as the joint comprehensive plan of action, are set to resume this week. The U.S. withdrew from the deal, one of the signature... Read More

2021-04-13 18:08:33
by TWN Staff
Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is pressing for a comprehensive assessment of China’s efforts to expand its presence and... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is pressing for a comprehensive assessment of China’s efforts to expand its presence and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean and how these efforts could undermine American interests. Under the auspices of a... Read More

2021-04-12 23:11:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp
U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh

Last week and over the weekend, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with officials from the governments... Read More

Last week and over the weekend, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with officials from the governments of India and Bangladesh to talk about strategies for improving climate resilience and adapting to climate change. Kerry emphasized recent... Read More

2021-04-12 16:30:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe

WASHINGTON- Retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on Europeans in March have emboldened China's most vocal critics in Europe, who hope... Read More

WASHINGTON- Retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on Europeans in March have emboldened China's most vocal critics in Europe, who hope to push against the country's human rights abuses. In March, the E.U., U.K., U.S., and Canada issued coordinated sanctions against... Read More

2021-04-09 20:56:02
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’

Lt. General H.R. McMaster wants you to know he's not a military drone. Despite a long, high-profile career in the... Read More

Lt. General H.R. McMaster wants you to know he's not a military drone. Despite a long, high-profile career in the military, he has criticisms of American foreign policy, and he expressed those criticisms even when he was in the military.... Read More

2021-04-06 19:26:43
by Dan McCue
Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations around the world cheered President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel punitive sanctions against the International... Read More

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations around the world cheered President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel punitive sanctions against the International Criminal Court, but they also agree serious obstacles remain to achieving justice for some of the world’s worst crimes. The... Read More

2021-04-02 19:44:43
by Kate Michael
Reinvigorating Diplomacy with North Korea May Mean Compromise

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump started a diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, but he framed it as a personal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump started a diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, but he framed it as a personal connection with dictator Kim Jong Un. This method showed some early promise for a bilateral relationship but broke down at... Read More

Iran, World Powers Ready to Welcome Back US to Nuclear Deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Iran and the major powers in the agreement to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons said Friday... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — Iran and the major powers in the agreement to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons said Friday they were ready to welcome the return of the United States to the deal. The chair of the group including... Read More

2021-04-01 13:28:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp
The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso,... Read More

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The training took place across all three countries with cross-country coordination "where appropriate," according to a written statement... Read More

SolarWinds Hack Got Emails of Top DHS Officials

Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration's head of the Department of Homeland Security... Read More

Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration's head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department's cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned.... Read More

2021-03-23 18:58:19
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

BRUSSELS- During his tour of America's European allies this week, where he's embracing the need to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, U.S.... Read More

BRUSSELS- During his tour of America's European allies this week, where he's embracing the need to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is also feeling out NATO on whether or not to pull our troops from Afghanistan... Read More

Biden Aims to Prevent Border Crossings From Swamping Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda. With the number of migrants surging, administration officials say Biden inherited an... Read More

2021-03-18 12:52:19
by Kate Michael
Biden Called on to Boycott 2022 Beijing Games

WASHINGTON — Dhondup Wangchen is having déjà vu, and it isn’t pleasant for him. The Tibetan filmmaker, imprisoned by the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Dhondup Wangchen is having déjà vu, and it isn’t pleasant for him. The Tibetan filmmaker, imprisoned by the Chinese government in 2008 on charges related to his documentary, Leaving Fear Behind, is once again protesting Beijing hosting the... Read More

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