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US and Philippines step up strategic partnership as China threats loom in South China Sea

Apr. 12, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reassured the Philippines anew that the U.S. commitment to the country's defense is steadfast amid increasing concerns about provocative Chinese actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea. A day after President Joe Biden...

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Apr. 12, 2024 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war against Ukraine, according to a U.S. assessment. Two senior Biden...

US airlines ask the Biden administration not to approve additional flights between the US and China

Apr. 11, 2024 19:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Large U.S. airlines and some of their unions are asking the Biden administration to stop approving any more flights between the United States and China because of what they call “anti-competitive” policies that China imposes on U.S. carriers. The airlines and...

The Latest | Blinken says Israel hasn't told US of any specific date for Rafah ground invasion

Apr. 09, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said Israel has not apprised the U.S. of any specific date for the start of a major offensive into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, but added that American and Israeli officials remained in contact to try to ensure that “any kind of major military...

Blinken and Cameron urge Congress to approve aid for Ukraine, calling it critical for world security

Apr. 09, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary David Cameron urged Congress on Tuesday to approve new military aid for Ukraine, saying the stalled funding is critical for U.S., European and world security. Speaking after a meeting at the State...

US lawmakers urge release of Russia critic Kara-Murza on the anniversary of his imprisonment

Apr. 09, 2024 13:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress on Tuesday called for the immediate release of Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. as lawmakers marked the second anniversary of his imprisonment, part of the Kremlin’s sweeping crackdown on critics of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ...

Rwanda's leader is concerned over perceived US ambiguity about victims of the 1994 genocide

Apr. 08, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Monday he was concerned by what he saw as a U.S. failure to characterize the 1994 massacres as a genocide against the country's minority Tutsis. Kagame told reporters that the issue was an “element of discussion” in...

Blinken says Israeli offers to increase flow of aid to Gaza are welcome but may not be sufficient

Apr. 05, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

LEUVEN, Belgium (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the measures the Israeli government has announced to expand the flow of aid into Gaza are welcome but may not be enough to meet the Biden administration’s demands for dramatic improvements in humanitarian conditions...

Gay rights activists call for more international pressure on Uganda over anti-gay law

Apr. 04, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan gay rights activists asked the international community to mount more pressure on the government of Uganda to repeal an anti-gay law which the country's Constitutional Court refused to nullify on Wednesday. Activist Frank Mugisha said Tuesday’s...

NATO marks its 75th birthday as Russia's war in Ukraine gnaws at its unity

Apr. 04, 2024 15:35 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO marked 75 years of collective defense across Europe and North America, with its top diplomats vowing on Thursday to stay the course in Ukraine as better-armed Russian troops assert control on the battlefield. The anniversary comes as the now 32-nation alliance...