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Afghanistan earthquake victims face struggles getting aid

Jun. 24, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

Getting donations to Afghanistan earthquake victims will be far more difficult compared with other disasters due to sanctions against the country’s Taliban government and its troubled relationship with Western nations, experts say. International groups that maintained operations in...

Taliban release several British citizens held in Afghanistan

Jun. 20, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have released several British citizens who were detained in Afghanistan after an agreement was reached between the two countries, Taliban and U.K. officials said Monday. The detainees were released Sunday following a series of meetings between Afghan...

Biden adviser Jake Sullivan tests positive for COVID-19

Jun. 18, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan tested positive on Saturday for COVID-19, according to the White House. Sullivan typically has frequent contact with President Joe Biden but last was in contact with the president early in the week,...

Biden, Bolsonaro hold 1st meeting amid election worries

Jun. 09, 2022 22:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden avoided challenging Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over his upcoming election and handling of the Amazon rainforest during the public portion of their first-ever meeting Thursday, while the Brazilian leader sounded a more defensive tone in addressing...

Salvadoran leader rebuffs Blinken effort to bolster summit

Jun. 09, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the sort of diplomatic rebuff a small country like El Salvador generally can rarely afford to make. In the run-up to this week's Summit of Americas in Los Angeles, senior U.S. officials frantically worked the phones seeking to boost attendance amid threats...

Biden lauds democratic unity despite no-shows at summit

Jun. 08, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that democracy is an “essential ingredient” for the Western Hemisphere’s future as he welcomed leaders to the Summit of the Americas, an implicit rebuttal to those who boycotted the gathering because authoritarians were not invited. ...

Biden sidelines Venezuela's pro-democracy leader from summit

Jun. 08, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little more than two years ago, Juan Guaidó was showered with bipartisan applause when President Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech praised the Venezuelan opposition leader as a “very brave man" who carries on his shoulders the democratic hopes of an entire...

Live updates | U.S. to hold Russia accountable for crimes

Jun. 02, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS —The United States and its allies are vowing to hold Russia accountable for crimes committed by its forces since they invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. U.S. Undersecretary of State Uzra Zeya told a U.N. Security Council meeting Thursday on strengthening accountability and...

As gas prices soar, Biden leans toward visiting Saudi Arabia

Jun. 02, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is leaning towards making a visit to Saudi Arabia — a trip that would likely bring him face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince he once shunned as a killer. The White House is weighing a visit that would also include a meeting of the leaders...

China's Russia dealings irk US, but don't breach sanctions

Jun. 01, 2022 02:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s support for Russia through oil and gas purchases is irking Washington and raising the risk of U.S. retaliation, foreign observers say, though they see no sign Beijing is helping Moscow evade sanctions over its war on Ukraine. Beijing's importance as a...