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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...

Russia envoy: US and Russia need to start strategic dialogue

Jan. 27, 2021 9:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia hopes the success of extending the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty will give a new boost to re-starting a strategic dialogue between Moscow and the Biden administration, Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Wednesday. Dmitry Polyansky told a press briefing...

United States Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield testifies during for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Biden's pick for UN post calls China 'a strategic adversary'

Jan. 27, 2021 7:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Linda Thomas-Greenfield called China “a strategic adversary” that threatens the world and expressed regret at a Senate hearing Wednesday on her nomination as United Nations ambassador for a speech she gave in 2019 that praised China’s initiatives in Africa and...

Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. An order putting the military in charge of fighting deforestation was initially due to end in June, but it was recently extended by President Jair Bolsonaro until November despite widespread criticism that it is making the problem worse. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil to end military-led program against Amazon logging

Jan. 27, 2021 6:36 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s ongoing military-led operation to curb illegal deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest will end April 30, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. Mourão defended the success of Operation Green Brazil 2, which was...

European Commissioner in charge of Health Stella Kyriakides removes her face mask during an online press conference on AstraZeneca at European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP)

Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

Jan. 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries amid a deepening dispute that raises concerns about international competition for limited supplies of the shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot...

Amanda Bohren holds her one-year-old son, Luke Spencer Bohren, as she waits to vote on Election Day, in the Mid City section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana renews search for vendor to replace voting system

Jan. 27, 2021 5:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has resumed efforts to replace thousands of decades-old voting machines, with the state's elections chief issuing a new solicitation for bidders Wednesday amid a political climate where such contracts are getting intensified scrutiny. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin already...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, then Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is seen at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Former Gov. Brownback said he plans to make promoting racial reconciliation a focus of his life as a private citizen after more than a quarter century in politics. Brownback, stepped down as the country's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom last week after Democrat Joe Biden took office. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Ex-Kansas Gov. Brownback to focus on racial reconciliation

Jan. 27, 2021 5:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he plans to make promoting racial reconciliation a focus of his life as a private citizen after more than a quarter century in politics. Brownback, 64, stepped down as the country's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom last week...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Russia and the United States exchanged documents Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021, to extend the New START nuclear treaty, their last remaining arms control pact, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they voiced satisfaction with the move. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Renewed US-Russia nuke pact won't fix emerging arms threats

Jan. 27, 2021 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration was quick to breathe new life into the last remaining treaty limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. The going will be slower when it turns to other arms control problems that are either festering or emerging as potential triggers of an international arms race....

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon visits with poll workers as he toured the Brian Coyle Center, on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota's election law fight heats up over voter ID bill

Jan. 27, 2021 4:39 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A post-election fight over whether Minnesota's election laws should be tightened or changed to make voting easier heated up Wednesday as a key Senate panel backed a Republican proposal to require people to present photo identification at the polls. GOP Sen. Scott Newman, of Hutchinson,...

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, center, greets Vice President Kamala Harris as they arrive with President Joe Biden for an event on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden, Japan PM discuss China action near Senkaku Islands

Jan. 27, 2021 3:14 PM EST

President Joe Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday and offered his administration's commitment to protecting the Senkaku Islands, a group of uninhabited islets administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, the White House said. Biden has previously expressed a commitment to the 1960...