Latest Antony Blinken News

Palestinian gunman kills 7 near Jerusalem synagogue

Jan. 27, 2023 22:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven people, including a 70-year-old woman, and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis in years and raised...

Israel, Gaza fighters trade fire after deadly West Bank raid

Jan. 26, 2023 23:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired rockets and Israel carried out airstrikes early Friday as tensions soared following an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank that killed nine Palestinians, including at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman. It was the deadliest...

Blinken headed to Mideast as US alarm over violence grows

Jan. 26, 2023 18:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend, the State Department announced Thursday, as the U.S. expressed alarm about escalating violence after Israel’s single deadliest operation in the West Bank in two decades. ...

Blinken: 2 years into Biden term, US 'in a better place'

Jan. 20, 2023 17:51 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that two years into President Joe Biden’s administration, the United States is “in a better place in the world” and better positioned to address global issues including climate change, COVID-19 and dangerous...

US says it's time for Finland, Sweden to join NATO

Jan. 19, 2023 16:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it’s time for Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, bluntly saying that holdout members of the alliance should quickly approve their memberships. The State Department said Secretary of State...

NATO allies US, Turkey try to mend fences but rifts persist

Jan. 18, 2023 16:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Turkey on Wednesday looked to brush aside differences that have strained relations for years but were unable to report progress in resolving disagreements over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and NATO expansion that have soured ties between the allies. ...

Belarus' opposition leader denounces her trial as a farce

Jan. 17, 2023 15:04 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A trial in absentia opened Tuesday for Belarus' top opposition leader, who denounced the proceedings as a farce and urged the West to bolster support for the country's beleaguered opposition. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was the main challenger in the August...

Turkey's top diplomat to travel to US amid troubled ties

Jan. 17, 2023 05:04 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and the United States will aim to smooth out a series of disagreements between the NATO allies when the Turkish foreign minister visits Washington this week. But expectations that outstanding issues can be resolved are low. Mevlut Cavusoglu departs on...

Biden and Kishida discuss Japan 'stepping up' security

Jan. 13, 2023 17:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held wide-ranging talks at the White House on Friday as Japan looks to build security cooperation with allies in a time of provocative Chinese and North Korean military action. The two administrations...

US, Japan unveil plans to strengthen the alliance

Jan. 11, 2023 20:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan unveiled plans Wednesday to strengthen their alliance to help counter threats from North Korea and China, which they called the greatest security challenge in the region. In unusually blunt terms, the U.S. and Japanese foreign and...