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One year after Afghan war, Biden struggles to find footing

Aug. 09, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 12 months since the chaotic end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan haven't been easy for Joe Biden. The new president was flying high early in the summer of 2021, the American electorate largely approving of Biden's performance and giving him high marks for his...

EXPLAINER: Why is China staging drills around Taiwan?

Aug. 04, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is staging live-fire military drills in six self-declared zones surrounding Taiwan in response to a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island Beijing claims as its own territory. China has warned aircraft and ships to avoid the areas during the...

The downside: US strike shows Afghanistan still terror base

Aug. 02, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is holding out the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there's a downside, too. The drone strike also is...

Watching al-Qaida chief's 'pattern of life' key to his death

Aug. 02, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the sun was rising in Kabul on Sunday, two Hellfire missiles fired by a U.S. drone ended Ayman al-Zawahri's decade-long reign as the leader of al-Qaida. The seeds of the audacious counterterrorism operation had been planted over many months. U.S. officials had...

Biden: Killing of al-Qaida leader is long-sought 'justice'

Aug. 02, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, an operation he said delivered justice and hopefully “one more measure of closure” to families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United...

Bumps, bipartisanship in long fight for semiconductor bill

Aug. 01, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks ago, senior Biden administration aides gathered for their regular Thursday morning meeting about passing a bill to revive the U.S. computer chip sector, worried that it could be in peril. After 18 months, the bipartisan effort to provide $52 billion for...

Biden, Xi to hold talks amid new tensions over Taiwan

Jul. 26, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will speak Thursday, according to a U.S. official, their first conversation in four months coming amid new tension between Washington and Beijing over China's claims on Taiwan. The planned talks between the two leaders — the...

White House: Russian officials visited Iran to see drones

Jul. 16, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Russian officials visited an airfield in central Iran at least twice in recent weeks to view weapons-capable drones it is looking to acquire to use in its war against Ukraine, the White House said. The Biden administration released the intelligence as...

The Latest: Biden trip won't immediately impact gas prices

Jul. 15, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — President Joe Biden said Friday that gas prices across the U.S. “have been coming down every single day to the best of my knowledge” but cautioned that his visit to Saudi Arabia may not have an...

Biden delivers tough talk on Iran as he opens Mideast visit

Jul. 15, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday opened his first visit to the Mideast since taking office by offering anxious Israeli leaders strong reassurances of his determination to stop Iran’s growing nuclear program, saying he’d be willing to use force as a "last resort." ...