Washington Reacts to ‘Brazen,’ ‘Unacceptable’ Russian Sentence for Brittney Griner
Washington Reacts to ‘Brazen,’ ‘Unacceptable’ Russian Sentence for Brittney Griner
2022-08-04 18:24:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the American WNBA player who was tried in Russian court for drug smuggling after bringing cannabis oil into the country, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday, inspiring sharp rebukes in the nation’s capital.... Read More

Blinken Discusses Economic Agenda, Challenges at Summit of the Americas 
2022-06-08 20:39:24
by Reece Nations

LOS ANGELES — Secretary of State Antony Blinken took the stage at the Ninth Summit of the Americas on Wednesday to discuss the economic priorities of the Biden-Harris administration and how its international partnerships play into those commitments. Blinken was... Read More

Political News
Senate Excoriates Secretary of State for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
2021-09-14 19:42:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Senators who handle foreign relations hammered away at the U.S. secretary of state for a second day Tuesday for what they described as the disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan. They criticized the lack of planning, the poor intelligence... 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 Blinken on Tuesday touted the Biden administration's abrupt shift in its predecessor's climate policies as he visited Iceland for talks... Read More

Foreign Affairs
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 Hamas operated in a Gaza building housing The Associated Press and other media outlets that was destroyed by an Israeli... Read More

Foreign Affairs
Blinken Pressures Azerbaijani Bar to Reinstate Human Rights Lawyer
2021-03-29 21:28:54
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Speaking to a gathering in Chicago last year, Shahla Humbatova, a lawyer from Azerbaijan, joked that well-meaning human rights lawyers in her country greet each other by asking: "Have you been disbarred yet?" Earlier this month, Humbatova herself was disbarred... Read More

WHO Report Says Animals Likely Source of COVID

BEIJING (AP) — A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to... Read More

Troubled US-China Ties Face New Test in Alaska Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China will face a new test in their increasingly troubled relations when top officials from both countries meet in Alaska. Ties between the world's two largest economies have been torn for years and... Read More

Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
2021-01-26 21:15:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Antony Blinken, confirmed as America's top diplomat by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, now faces a myriad of problems both within the agency he will now lead and abroad. Confirmed by a 78-22 vote Tuesday afternoon, Blinken is... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs
2021-01-19 22:16:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that represents one of several big changes planned by the new president. Biden nominated his long-time foreign affairs advisor Antony J.... Read More

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