Latest Antony Blinken News

US sanctions firms for rights abuses on Anti-Corruption Day

Dec. 09, 2022 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Friday it is imposing sanctions on a broad array of people and companies around the world for corruption and human rights abuses — from illegal fishing operations in Chinese waters to kickbacks in Guatemala — in recognition of International...

Griner swap wasn't all US hoped for, but what it could get

Dec. 09, 2022 07:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s surprise announcement last July lacked any detail, but its meaning was crystal clear. In a rare comment on secret talks, he said the Biden administration had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to end the imprisonment...

Griner freed: WNBA star swapped for Russian, heads home

Dec. 08, 2022 21:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner headed home Thursday night, freed from Russian prison in exchange for the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in the culmination of an eight-month saga of high diplomacy and dashed hopes. But the U.S....

Blinken confident in Finland, Sweden accession to NATO

Dec. 08, 2022 13:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the United States is confident that Finland and Sweden will be approved soon for membership in NATO despite ratification delays in allies Turkey and Hungary. After meeting his Finnish and Swedish counterparts on...

Pakistan slams US for religious freedom violator listing

Dec. 08, 2022 07:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday slammed the U.S. State Department’s listing last week of the South Asian country as one of “particular concern” regarding religious freedoms. Washington grouped Pakistan along with 11 other countries — including China, Russia, Iran,...

Blinken threatens travel ban for Sudanese who endanger deal

Dec. 07, 2022 19:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Sudanese leaders Wednesday that the United States will impose a travel ban on any individuals who threaten to derail Sudan’s fragile democratic transition. The announcement comes two days after Sudan's two ruling generals,...

Donors race to get generators, other aid to hard-hit Ukraine

Dec. 07, 2022 07:03 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — When Russian forces launched a military campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine nearly two months ago, they opened a front that carried the war along power lines, water mains and heating systems to homes, schools, offices and churches. The government in...

Ukraine leader defiant as drone strikes hit Russia again

Dec. 06, 2022 18:00 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Drones struck inside Russia’s border with Ukraine on Tuesday in the second day of attacks exposing the vulnerability of some of Moscow’s most important military sites, experts said. Ukrainian officials did not formally confirm carrying out drone strikes...

Albanian opposition leader attacked during anti-govt protest

Dec. 06, 2022 09:56 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leader of the Albanian opposition center-right Democratic Party was attacked Tuesday during an anti-government protest held near a summit of European Union leaders and their counterparts from the Western Balkans in the Albanian capital. Sali Berisha, a...

US, EU agree to intensify talks on 'green subsidies' dispute

Dec. 05, 2022 15:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and European Union agreed Monday to intensify talks to resolve EU concerns over major subsidies for American companies contained in a U.S. clean energy law. Although no deal was reached at a meeting of the bilateral bilateral Trade and...