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Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday,  Jan. 27, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP)

Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helm

Jan. 27, 2021 10:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department. The administration placed at least temporarily holds on several big-ticket arms sales to the United Arab...

FILE - This June 30, 2020 file photo, shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ma'ale Efrayim in the Jordan Valley. West Bank Jewish Population Stats, a pro-settler group says Israel’s West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years, a period coincides with the Trump administration’s unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity. The Palestinians and much of the international community view the settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

Jan. 27, 2021 1:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years, a pro-settler group said Wednesday, a period that coincides with the Trump administration's unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity. The report by West Bank...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019,  EU and Chinese flags at the Europa building in Brussels. China’s European Union envoy on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, is urging the 27-nation European bloc to deepen its ties with his country even further and says he hopes the EU’s desire for “strategic autonomy” will guide its foreign policy in the future .(John Thys/FILE via AP)

China envoy urges EU to develop its 'strategic autonomy'

Jan. 27, 2021 11:36 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — China’s envoy to the European Union on Wednesday urged the 27-nation bloc to deepen its ties with his country even further and said that he hoped the EU’s desire for “strategic autonomy” will guide its foreign policy in the future. The EU is China’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Tony Blinken, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. The Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken as America’s top diplomat, tasked with carrying out President Joe Biden’s commitment to reverse the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine that weakened international alliances. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate confirms Antony Blinken as 71st secretary of state

Jan. 26, 2021 5:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Antony Blinken as America’s top diplomat, tasked with carrying out President Joe Biden’s commitment to reverse the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine that weakened international alliances. Senators voted 78-22...

FILE - In this Friday, June 10, 2011 file photo, Sergei Prikhodko, Kremlin foreign policy adviser attends a meeting at Nizny Novgorod, Russia. Sergei Prikhodko, Russia's former deputy prime minister who played a prominent role in shaping Russia's foreign policy, has died. He was 64. Russian news agencies reported the death on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 citing spokespeople of the government. Prikhodko served as deputy prime minister between 2013 and 2018. In January 2020, he was appointed aide to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Sergei Prikhodko, Russia's ex-deputy PM, dies at 64

Jan. 26, 2021 7:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Sergei Prikhodko, Russia's former deputy prime minister who played a prominent role in shaping Russia's foreign policy, has died. He was 64. Russian news agencies reported the death on Tuesday, citing spokespeople of the government. Prikhodko served as deputy prime minister between 2013 and...

FILE - In this file photo released Jan. 16, 2021, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a missile is launched in a drill in Iran. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, Iran warned the Biden administration that it will not have an indefinite time period to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Iran said it also expects Washington to swiftly lift crippling economic sanctions that former President Donald Trump imposed on the country after pulling America out of the atomic accord in 2018 as part of what he called maximum pressure against Iran. (Iranian Revolutionary Guard/Sepahnews via AP, File)

Iran: Biden won't have infinite time to rejoin nuclear deal

Jan. 26, 2021 6:25 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran warned the Biden administration on Tuesday that it will not have an indefinite time period to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Iran also said it expects Washington to swiftly lift crippling economic sanctions that former President Donald Trump imposed...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. A North Korean diplomat who served as the country's acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul's spy agency on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Lawmakers say North Korean diplomat defected to South Korea

Jan. 26, 2021 5:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul’s spy agency. Ha Tae-keung, a conservative opposition lawmaker and an executive secretary of the...

Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong delivers a speech during the opening of 13th Communist Party Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has begun a crucial weeklong meeting in the capital Hanoi to set the nation's path for the next five years and appoint the country's top leaders. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

Vietnam's Communist Party leaders warn of challenges ahead

Jan. 26, 2021 2:13 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Senior members of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party cautioned Tuesday that their country faced opportunities and challenges ahead, as they began a key meeting to set the nation’s path for the next five years. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cited climate change, natural...

A Houthi supporter holds a poster with Arabic writing that reads

Biden administration suspends some sanctions on Yemen rebels

Jan. 25, 2021 4:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday suspended some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels in his waning days in office. The Treasury Department said it would exempt certain transactions involving the Houthis from...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference following an EU Foreign Affairs minister meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union by declining to grant the bloc's first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP)

EU wants full recognition for UK envoy in post-Brexit spat

Jan. 25, 2021 12:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union called Monday on the United Kingdom to grant the EU’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status after the government in London declined to accord him those rights, but gave no clear signal that it would take retaliatory action. In a post-Brexit...