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Top diplomats from US, China hold 'constructive' talks on issues dividing them

Feb. 16, 2024 22:05 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Top diplomats from the U.S. and China on Friday held a “candid and constructive” discussion on issues vexing their strained relations over Taiwan, the situation in the South China Sea, Russia’s war against Ukraine and synthetic opioids, the State Department said. ...

'No evidence' Russia has decided what to do with emerging anti-satellite weapon, Biden says

Feb. 16, 2024 19:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday there was no sign Russia has decided to go ahead and deploy an emerging anti-satellite weapon, the disclosure of which has rattled Washington this week. The White House has confirmed that U.S. intelligence officials have information...

US secretary of state assures Western Balkans of support for path toward European Union integration

Feb. 15, 2024 14:54 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Albania on Thursday to reaffirm relations with a key partner in the region and assure Western Balkan countries of Washington’s support for their integration into the European Union. Blinken met with top...

US to confront Trump-driven political turmoil at the Munich Security Conference

Feb. 15, 2024 00:24 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Long regarded as a celebration of the U.S.-led post-World War II international order, the Munich Security Conference this year will be more of a reflection of America’s political turmoil. The annual event kicks off Friday after former President Donald Trump...

What to know about the situation in the Middle East this week

Feb. 10, 2024 06:20 AM EST

Violence has continued this week in the Gaza Strip, as well as across the broader Middle East. The U.S. administration has been pushing for a prolonged cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but so far has not succeeded. Here's what you need to know: ISRAEL SAYS IT WILL FIGHT ON IN...

Israel seeks to evacuate Palestinians jammed into a southern Gaza city ahead of an expected invasion

Feb. 09, 2024 17:37 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said he has ordered the military to prepare a plan to evacuate civilians from Rafah ahead of an expected Israeli invasion of the densely populated southern Gaza city. The announcement came after heavy...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill 13 as concerns grow about looming operation in Rafah

Feb. 08, 2024 21:58 PM EST

Two women and five children were among at least 13 people killed as Israeli airstrikes pounded the city of Rafah on Gaza's southern border, according to the hospital that received the remains. The overnight airstrikes came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Family says two American brothers, 18 and 20, detained in Israeli raid in Gaza

Feb. 08, 2024 18:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli forces detained two young adult American brothers in Gaza and their Canadian father in an overnight raid on their home in the besieged Palestinian territory, relatives of the men said. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Thursday the...

Blinken ends latest Mideast mission after new Israeli snub of proposed Gaza cease-fire plan

Feb. 08, 2024 06:42 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken left the Middle East on Thursday with public divisions between the United States and Israel at perhaps their worst level since Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza began in October. Wrapping up a four-nation Mideast...

Blinken says a Hamas-Israel deal is still possible even though the sides remain far apart

Feb. 07, 2024 21:51 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that a cease-fire and hostage-release agreement between Israel and Hamas was still possible, despite the two sides being far apart on the central terms for a deal. Blinken was in the region trying to...