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New leaders, new era: US-Israel relations reach crossroads

Jun. 20, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their countries at crossroads, the new leaders of the United States and Israel have inherited a relationship that is at once imperiled by increasingly partisan domestic political considerations and deeply bound in history and an engrained recognition that they need each...

UN re-elects Antonio Guterres as secretary-general

Jun. 18, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member organization at a time a deeply divided world faces numerous conflicts, the growing impact of...

House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

Jun. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House, with President Joe Biden's backing, passed legislation Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq, a step that supporters said was necessary for Congress to reassert its constitutional duty to weigh in on matters...

Biden abroad: Pitching America to welcoming if wary allies

Jun. 17, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first trip overseas highlighting a sharp break from his disruptive predecessor, selling that the United States was once more a reliable ally with a steady hand at the wheel. European allies welcomed the pitch — and even a longtime foe...

Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance as Islamic Republic votes

Jun. 17, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers hangs in the balance as the country prepares to vote on Friday for a new president and diplomats press on with efforts to get both the U.S. and Tehran to reenter the accord. The deal...

The Latest: Biden and Putin depart Geneva after summit

Jun. 16, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

GENEVA — Geneva can breathe a sigh of relief after hosting a U.S.-Russia summit. President Joe Biden is aboard Air Force One and is on his way back to Washington after Wednesday’s meeting at an 18th century lakeside villa. Russian President...

US and Mexico seek ways to do more on irregular immigration

Jun. 16, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In consecutive visits this month, Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have conveyed to the most important U.S. partner that the Biden administration is taking a more nuanced approach to immigration than its predecessor, but...

US and Mexico seek ways to do more on irregular immigration

Jun. 15, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In consecutive visits this month, Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have conveyed to the most important U.S. partner that the Biden administration is taking a more nuanced approach to immigration than its predecessor, but...

Biden ambassador nominees include envoys to Israel, Mexico

Jun. 15, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled picks for nine ambassadorial postings, tapping career diplomats steeped in foreign policy experience — as well as political allies and aviation hero ”Sully” Sullenberger. The picks include former Interior...

Colombia names new ambassador to US amid rights concerns

Jun. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president named a new ambassador to Washington on Monday, as he tries to improve his nation’s image abroad and maintain bilateral programs with the U.S. that have been jeopardized by recent abuses against protesters. President...