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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

Panda Cubs at Tokyo Zoo Get Their Names

TOKYO (AP) — Giant panda twins born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June got their names Friday — Lei Lei... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — Giant panda twins born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June got their names Friday — Lei Lei for the female cub, and Xiao Xiao for her brother. They were chosen from hundreds of thousands of suggestions sent... Read More

2021-10-06 20:37:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Launches New Program and Targets for Preventing Maternal Deaths

The World Health Organization held a webinar this week to discuss how to prevent maternal deaths. Globally, roughly 295,000 women... Read More

The World Health Organization held a webinar this week to discuss how to prevent maternal deaths. Globally, roughly 295,000 women die each year due to complications during childbirth. Between 2000 and 2017, the average annual rate of reduction in global... Read More

Tensions Flare as Chinese Flights Near Taiwan Intensify

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing... Read More

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own... Read More

2021-10-05 19:38:57
by Victoria Turner
State Dept. Unveils Partnership to Combat Infrastructure Investment Corruption

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the goal of reducing... Read More

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the goal of reducing the risk of corruption in infrastructure investment by bolstering the ability of stakeholders to implement anti-corruption systems across economies.  The... Read More

2021-10-02 13:43:53
by Dan McCue
Tired of Endless Election Cycles? Perhaps the Dominican Republic Has The Answer

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Political candidates, parties, independent policy groups and their members and supporters in this island nation... Read More

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Political candidates, parties, independent policy groups and their members and supporters in this island nation all got a stiff warning recently -- if they campaign outside the prescribed times for that activity they will face... Read More

2021-09-30 13:53:35
by Kate Michael
Former CIA Official Knows Havana Syndrome is Real, Because He Has It

WASHINGTON — Just as the CIA was reportedly evacuating an intelligence officer in Serbia who had injuries consistent with Havana... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just as the CIA was reportedly evacuating an intelligence officer in Serbia who had injuries consistent with Havana Syndrome, guests of Harvard University’s Intelligence Project were asserting that brain injuries from “a new form of asymmetric deniable warfare”... Read More

US Officials: Biden Aide to Meet Saudi Crown Prince on Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom... Read More

China Declares All Cryptocurrency Transactions Illegal

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Chinese banks were banned from handling cryptocurrencies in 2013, but the... Read More

Tensions Grow As US, Allies Deepen Indo-Pacific Involvement

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines,... Read More

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming... Read More

US Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over Migrant Expulsions

The Biden administration's special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked... Read More

The Biden administration's special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday. Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July,... 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

Biden to Double US Global Donation of COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to... Read More

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population... Read More

Trudeau's Party Wins Canada Vote But Fails to Get Majority

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party secured victory in parliamentary elections but failed to get the majority... Read More

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party secured victory in parliamentary elections but failed to get the majority he wanted in a vote that focused on the coronavirus pandemic but that many Canadians saw as unnecessary. Trudeau entered... Read More

Canadians Vote in Pandemic Election That Could Cost Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians began voting Monday in a pandemic election that that threatens to knock Justin Trudeau from power. ... Read More

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians began voting Monday in a pandemic election that that threatens to knock Justin Trudeau from power.  Trudeau gambled on an early election in a bid to win a majority of seats in Parliament. But the opposition... Read More

Two Votes and Coalition Talks: How the German Election Works

BERLIN (AP) — German voters elect a new parliament on Sept. 26, a vote that will determine who succeeds Chancellor... Read More

BERLIN (AP) — German voters elect a new parliament on Sept. 26, a vote that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years in power. While it should be clear within hours of the polls closing how... Read More

Biden Announces Indo-Pacific Alliance With UK, Australia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.... Read More

2021-09-15 16:05:45
by Kate Michael
Ambassadors Stand With Palestine While Celebrating First Year of Abraham Accords

WASHINGTON — One year ago the United States, UAE, and Bahrain signed a historic agreement and charted a new course... Read More

WASHINGTON — One year ago the United States, UAE, and Bahrain signed a historic agreement and charted a new course in Arab-Israeli relations which recognized the state of Israel and normalized diplomatic relations between the countries. But the desire for... Read More

2021-09-09 13:21:11
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Philippines’ National Defense Secretary Says U.S.-Philippine Treaty Needs Update

WASHINGTON -- At an event on Wednesday, reflecting on the 70 years the U.S.-Philippines mutual defense treaty has been in... Read More

WASHINGTON -- At an event on Wednesday, reflecting on the 70 years the U.S.-Philippines mutual defense treaty has been in place, the secretary for national defense in the Philippines said the countries need a comprehensive review of the treaty. Chargé d’Affaires John... Read More

Biden Defends Departure From 'Forever War,' Praises Airlift

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defensive President Joe Biden called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defensive President Joe Biden called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an "extraordinary success," though more than 100 Americans and thousands of... Read More

EU to Recommend Reinstating Restrictions on US Travelers

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to recommend that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S.... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to recommend that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels there, EU diplomats said Monday. A decision to remove the U.S. from a safe... Read More

2021-08-27 20:52:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp
UN Calls For Ceasefire To Stop ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ In Tigray

This week the head of the United Nations warned that the violence in Tigray, located in northern Ethiopia, is imperiling... Read More

This week the head of the United Nations warned that the violence in Tigray, located in northern Ethiopia, is imperiling the whole region, and he called for an immediate ceasefire. Brutal clashes in Tigray over the last nine months have... Read More

2021-08-26 19:00:48
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Suicide Bombings Blast Kabul, Killing American Service Members and Civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A pair of suicide bombings near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, which happened on... Read More

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A pair of suicide bombings near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, which happened on Thursday morning, killed civilians and American personnel, U.S. officials say. American officials suspect an affiliate group of the Islamic State... Read More

Kabul Airlift Accelerating But Still Hampered by Chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led evacuation of Americans and others from the chaotic Kabul airport is accelerating, with a one-day... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led evacuation of Americans and others from the chaotic Kabul airport is accelerating, with a one-day doubling of the number airlifted out of the country, although President Joe Biden is not ruling out extending the mission... Read More

Biden to Address Chaotic Kabul Evacuation Amid Criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a firestorm of criticism, President Joe Biden plans to speak Friday about the chaotic evacuation of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a firestorm of criticism, President Joe Biden plans to speak Friday about the chaotic evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan as the U.S. struggles with obstacles ranging from armed Taliban checkpoints to paperwork problems. While... Read More

Biden: Greater Threats Than Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says even with the Taliban in power in Afghanistan, he sees a greater threat... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says even with the Taliban in power in Afghanistan, he sees a greater threat from outposts of al-Qaida and its affiliated groups in other countries, and that it was no longer "rational" to continue... Read More

2021-08-18 20:46:09
by Tom Ramstack
Inspector General Report Describes Intelligence Failings in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Department officials on Wednesday afternoon acknowledged the kind of surprise about the fall of Afghanistan mentioned... Read More

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Department officials on Wednesday afternoon acknowledged the kind of surprise about the fall of Afghanistan mentioned in a new inspector general’s report. “No, I did not see a collapse of an army of that size in... Read More

Taliban Allowing 'Safe Passage' From Kabul in US Airlift

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban have agreed to allow "safe passage" from Afghanistan for civilians struggling to join a U.S.-directed... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban have agreed to allow "safe passage" from Afghanistan for civilians struggling to join a U.S.-directed airlift from the capital, President Joe Biden's national security adviser said, although a timetable for completing the evacuation of Americans,... Read More

2021-08-17 18:10:37
by Daniel Mollenkamp
USAID Sends Search and Rescue Teams to Assist With Haitian Quake Response

In the wake of a powerful earthquake, the U.S. has sent rescue personnel and air support to assist with the... Read More

In the wake of a powerful earthquake, the U.S. has sent rescue personnel and air support to assist with the search and rescue efforts in Haiti. On Sunday, the U.S. Agency for International Development said it had sent a 65-member... Read More

Taliban Announce 'Amnesty,' Urge Women to Join Government

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban declared an "amnesty" across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking... Read More

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban declared an "amnesty" across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate... Read More

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