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Ambassador pick emphasizes US strengths in countering China

Oct. 20, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick for ambassador to Beijing told lawmakers considering his nomination on Wednesday that Americans should "have confidence in our strength” when dealing with the rise of China, a nation he said the U.S. and its allies could manage. ...

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...

Israel quietly advances settlements with little US pushback

Oct. 15, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is quietly advancing controversial settlement projects in and around Jerusalem without making major announcements that could anger the Biden administration. Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate...

Greece, US expand defense pact in face of Turkey tensions

Oct. 14, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Greece signed a deal Thursday expanding their defense cooperation agreement to grant U.S. forces broader use of Greek bases, as that nation deals with tensions between it and neighboring Turkey. The deal, signed in Washington by...

Today in History

Oct. 02, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2021. There are 90 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 2, 1869, political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar,...

ICC prosecutor seeks to resume Afghanistan war crimes probe

Sep. 27, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sought urgent clearance Monday from the court's judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, saying that under the country's new Taliban rulers “there is no...

Blinken defense of Afghan policy clouded by al-Qaida warning

Sep. 14, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday sought to parry bipartisan congressional criticism of the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal, as new intelligence estimates warned that al-Qaida could soon again use Afghan soil to plot attacks on the United States....

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 31, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 30, 2021. Editorial: KCK police try to get around needed city ID program with weaker version of their own The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department has launched a strange new effort to provide municipal identification cards...

Was Biden handcuffed by Trump's Taliban deal in Doha?

Aug. 19, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, he optimistically proclaimed that “we think we’ll be successful in the end.” His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, asserted that the administration was “seizing the...

Mullah's rise charts Taliban's long road back to power

Aug. 18, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

The Taliban's top political leader, who made a triumphal return to Afghanistan this week, battled the U.S. and its allies for decades but then signed a landmark peace agreement with the Trump administration. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is now expected to play a key role in...