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Biden Meets Sweden, Finland Leaders to Talk NATO, Russia
Geopolitics
Biden Meets Sweden, Finland Leaders to Talk NATO, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the leaders of Sweden and Finland to the White House, as he hailed the application of the once-neutral countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in response to Russia's invasion of... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Looks to Nudge ASEAN Leaders to Speak Out on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to nudge southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the issue continues to be a delicate one for many members of the region's 10-country alliance with deep... Read More

Geopolitics
Russian Threats Push Finland Toward Joining NATO Alliance

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Finland’s leaders Thursday came out in favor of applying to join NATO, and Sweden could do the same within days, in a historic realignment on the continent 2 1/2 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion... Read More

In The News
Biden Signs Ukraine Bill, Seeks $40B Aid, in Putin Rejoinder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington sought to portray a united front against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan measure to reboot the World War II-era “lend-lease” program, which helped defeat Nazi Germany, to bolster Kyiv and Eastern European... Read More

Geopolitics
Jill Biden to Meet Ukrainian Refugees During Border Visit

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (AP) — For weeks, first lady Jill Biden has been transfixed by the news coming out of Ukraine, by the bombings and scenes of “parents weeping over their children’s broken bodies in the streets,” as... Read More

Renewable Energy
Europe's Farmers Stir Up Biogas to Offset Russian Energy

SONCHAMP, France (AP) — In lush fields southwest of Paris, farmers are joining Europe’s fight to free itself from Russian gas. They'll soon turn on the tap of a new facility where crops and agricultural waste are mashed up and fermented... Read More

Cybercrime
Russian Cyberthreats Create Alarms at Senate Homeland Security Hearing
2022-05-04 23:17:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers at a Senate hearing renewed warnings Wednesday that Russian cyberattacks remain a serious threat as the United States and allies continue their support for Ukraine. In the latest move, the European Union announced Tuesday it would end... Read More

Congress
House Republicans Urge Energy Secretary to ‘Prioritize’ Nuclear Power
2022-04-29 23:27:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Two members of the House Republican caucus are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to revitalize America’s nuclear power infrastructure and include it in an “all of the above” approach to securing the nation’s energy future. Reps. Fred Upton,... Read More

Geopolitics
EXPLAINER: Why US Needs a Law to Sell Off Oligarchs' Assets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden doesn't want to just seize the yachts, luxury homes and other assets of Russian oligarchs, he wants to sell off the pricey goods and use the money to help rebuild Ukraine. He's asking Congress... Read More

International
Current Radiation Levels at Chernobyl Not as High as Feared
2022-04-28 20:56:59
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The nuclear radiation situation at Chernobyl is not currently one that poses great danger to the environment or to people, according to International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi upon his return from a visit to... Read More

Geopolitics
Russia Releases US Marine Vet as Part of Prisoner Exchange

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia and the United States have carried out a dramatic prisoner exchange, trading a Marine veteran jailed in Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America, both countries announced Wednesday. The... Read More

Cybercrime
FBI Warns Farmers to Beware Ransomware Cyberattacks
2022-04-22 21:13:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI issued a warning this week to farm cooperatives that ransomware attackers are increasingly trying to disrupt their operations during the planting and harvest seasons. The FBI announcement was one of several warnings about cyberattacks that are... Read More

Renewable Energy
German Firm Builds Floating Solar Plant on Quarry Lake
2022-04-20 21:21:00
by Dan McCue

MUNICH, Germany — Germany’s global renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. plans to turn on a floating solar power plant next month, a potential game changer in the sector that could help further reduce the country’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels... Read More

Renewable Energy
Rep. Davis Leads Bipartisan Call to Ramp Up US Biofuel Production
2022-04-04 14:32:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., chair of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, led over two dozen members of Congress, of both parties, in urging President Joe Biden to boost domestic biofuel production as a replacement for Russian energy imports. In... Read More

Law
DC Attorney Providing Pro Bono Advice to Ukraine’s Zelenskyy
2022-03-31 13:48:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A partner in the D.C. office of the Morrison & Foerster law firm is providing pro bono advice to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies in response to Russia’s unprovoked... Read More

Geopolitics
Ukraine Leader Says He Seeks Peace 'Without Delay' in Talks

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine could declare neutrality, potentially accept a compromise on contested areas in the country’s east, and offer security guarantees to Russia to secure peace "without delay,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said ahead of another planned round of... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden in Poland to See US Troops, Ukraine Refugees

RZESZOW, Poland (AP) — President Joe Biden visited U.S. troops stationed near Poland’s border with Ukraine on Friday and was getting a first hand look at the growing humanitarian response to the millions of Ukrainians who are fleeing to Poland... Read More

Agriculture
Ukraine War Imperils Wheat, but Farmers in no Rush to Pivot

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russia’s war in Ukraine could mean changes for Ed Kessel’s farm along a quiet stretch of western North Dakota. Worldwide, farmers like Kessel are weighing whether to change their planting patterns and grow more... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Warns Chinese President of ‘Consequences’ if China Helps Russia
2022-03-18 21:16:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by secure video link for about two hours on Friday morning, with Biden warning that Beijing would face “consequences” if it provides “material support” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Talks with China's Xi, Aims to Press Him on Russia War

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two key figures in determining the course of a war half a world away, President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping spoke Friday as the White House looks to deter Beijing from providing military or economic assistance... Read More

Entertainment
A Rascal in the '60s Returns to the Road After Pandemic Enforced Hiatus
2022-03-17 22:48:46
by Dan McCue

Looking back now, it all seems so guardedly optimistic. With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading across the United States during the winter of 2020, recording artists, concert venues, festival organizers and just about everybody else involved with the industry hoped... Read More

2022 Elections
Russia Business Deals Muddy GOP US Senate Primary in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several Republicans competing for the party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Ohio are facing scrutiny for their ties to Russia as the country intensifies its war against Ukraine. Much of the attention has focused... Read More

Geopolitics
Energy Policy Commitments Needed to Reduce Russian Energy Reliance
2022-03-16 21:49:05
by Reece Nations

OAKLAND, Calif. — Energy analysts at the Breakthrough Institute published a report on Wednesday detailing policy recommendations to reduce global reliance on Russian energy following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Much of Europe and portions of Asia need to make... Read More

International
Russia says Ukraine Talks Progressing as Onslaught Continues

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military forces blasted Ukraine's capital region and other major cities Wednesday as they tried to crush a Ukrainian defense that has frustrated their progress nearly three weeks after invading, while the two countries signaled some optimism... Read More

Agriculture
Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Driving Up Costs for US Farmers
2022-03-15 17:54:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Russia’s unprovoked military assault on Ukraine is driving up the price American farmers pay for fertilizer. One of the little known facts about American agriculture is that while American farmers feed much of the world, the United States... Read More

Geopolitics
White House: Biden Will Travel to Europe For Ukraine Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will travel to Europe next week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday. Biden will meet with NATO and European leaders... Read More

International
Ukraine's Capital Barraged; Three EU Nation Leaders to Visit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s relentless bombardment of Ukraine edged closer to central Kyiv as a series of strikes hit a residential neighborhood Tuesday, while the leaders of three European Union countries planned a bold visit to Ukraine’s capital and the number... Read More

Geopolitics
US, Allies Say ‘Nyet’ to Russian Seafood, Vodka as Ukraine Invasion Continues
2022-03-11 20:09:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Friday the United States and other allies will move to revoke Russia’s “most favored nation” trade status in response to its unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine, with the U.S. specifically targeting Russian imports such... Read More

Intelligence
Intelligence Officers Warn of Dangers as Russian Invasion of Ukraine Gets Uglier
2022-03-11 18:17:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The world has become a more dangerous place in the past three weeks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence officials told a Senate panel Thursday. In addition to Russia’s war with Ukraine threatening to spread much... Read More

Investment
American Federation of Teachers Pension Trustees Consider Russian Asset Divestment
2022-03-11 17:09:59
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The American Federation of Teachers is urging its pension trustees to immediately review investments with ties to Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The AFT, founded in 1916, is an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor... Read More

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