Latest Antony Blinken News

White House: Biden has read Griner letter pleading for help

Jul. 05, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

Brittney Griner's appeal to President Joe Biden in a handwritten letter continued to garner reaction Tuesday after the WNBA All-Star acknowledged she feared never returning home and asked Biden not “ forget about me and the other American Detainees.” Griner's letter was delivered...

Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

Jul. 05, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will see his Chinese counterpart this week at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of nations that will likely exacerbate splits over Russia’s war in Ukraine. While strained U.S.-China ties will be the focus...

Palestinians give bullet that killed journalist to US team

Jul. 02, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Saturday said it has given the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to American forensic experts, taking a step toward resolving a standoff with Israel over the investigation into her death. The announcement came...

NATO pivots to highlight Chinese 'challenges' for 1st time

Jun. 29, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO has for the first time singled out China as one of its strategic priorities for the next decade, warning about its growing military ambitions, confrontational rhetoric toward Taiwan and other neighbors, and increasingly close ties to Russia. While Russia’s war...

EXPLAINER: How a G-7 ban on Russian gold would work

Jun. 28, 2022 07:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia appears to have defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the U.S. and its allies are taking aim at the former Soviet Union's second largest export industry after energy — gold. On Tuesday, the Group of...

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in Russia

Jun. 27, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered Monday to stand trial by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team. The Phoenix Mercury center and...

Live updates | G-7 nations seek to counter Chinese influence

Jun. 26, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in Germany's Bavarian Alps: One Group of Seven family photo didn’t seem to be enough. After posing for a group shot earlier...

Former Iran conscripts say unfairly blocked from US travel

Jun. 26, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two years ago, Leili Ghazi quit studying biomedical engineering in Iran and seized the chance to travel to the United States to build a new life for herself and her parents. Now, the 22-year-old is separated indefinitely from her family because her father...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jun. 25, 2022 08:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark.; Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif. ...

UN chief warns of 'catastrophe' from global food shortage

Jun. 24, 2022 08:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations warned Friday that the world faces “catastrophe” because of the growing shortage of food around the globe. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the...