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Biden, orthodox patriarch discuss climate, religious freedom

Oct. 25, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

President Joe Biden and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians discussed ways to fight climate change and to end the coronavirus pandemic as well as the importance of religious freedom during an Oval Office session Monday. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,...

Hostage families to Biden: 'Bring our fellow Americans home'

Oct. 25, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of more than two dozen American hostages and wrongful detainees held overseas told President Joe Biden in a letter on Monday that they questioned his administration's commitment to bringing their loved ones home. In the letter, obtained by...

Sluggish pace of confirmations vexes Biden White House

Oct. 25, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s willingness to confirm a president's nominees took a downward turn during Donald Trump’s first year in office. And it has only gotten worse for President Joe Biden. About 36% of Biden's nominees have been confirmed so far in the evenly...

Blinken seeks to reaffirm US-Colombia strategic ties in trip

Oct. 21, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in his first official visit to South America, on Thursday sought to reaffirm the strategic ties between his country and Colombia while underscoring the importance of ensuring the democracies in the region meet the needs of...

Thousands rally in Sudan's capital to demand civilian rule

Oct. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in the streets of Sudan’s capital city Thursday, demanding a fully civilian government as the relationship between military generals and pro-democracy groups deteriorated over the country’s future. As crowds swelled in...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 20, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct.18 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Colin Powell's efforts to build bridges, steer GOP from extremism: Much as Colin Powell deserves a tribute as America’s first...

US Homeland Security secretary tests positive for COVID

Oct. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said. The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild congestion,” DHS said in a statement. ...

UN atomic agency head to visit Iran as nuke talks uncertain

Oct. 19, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog plans to visit Iran before the end of next month amid questions about whether Iran will return to negotiations aimed at reviving the languishing 2015 nuclear deal. International Atomic Energy Agency chief...

US envoy for Afghanistan steps down after withdrawal

Oct. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is stepping down following the chaotic American withdrawal from the country, the State Department said Monday. Zalmay Khalilzad will leave the post this week after more than three years on the job under both the...

Iran: US should lift sanctions to prove it wants talks

Oct. 18, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president said Monday the United States should lift the sanctions on his country to prove it is serious about restarting stalled nuclear talks in Vienna. In an interview with state TV, Ebrahim Raisi said Iran is after “goal-oriented”...