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White House: Improved surveillance caught Chinese balloon

Feb. 07, 2023 07:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday that improvements ordered by President Joe Biden to strengthen defenses against Chinese espionage helped to identify last week’s spy balloon — and to determine that similar flights were conducted at multiple points during the Trump administration....

Israeli-Palestinian cauldron tests US as Blinken visits

Jan. 29, 2023 21:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An alarming spike in Israeli-Palestinian violence and sharp responses by both sides are testing the Biden administration as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken plunges into a cauldron of deepening mistrust and anger on visits to Israel and the West Bank this week. ...

US charges 3 in plot to kill Iranian-American author in NYC

Jan. 27, 2023 16:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged three men in an alleged plot that originated in Iran to kill an Iranian American author and activist who has spoken out against human rights abuses there, officials said Friday. The men, Rafat Amirov, 43, of Iran, Polad Omarov,...

Biden adviser meets Netanyahu amid unease over his govt

Jan. 19, 2023 13:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday with U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, the two allies' highest level in-person talks since Israel's most right-wing government ever took power last month. Sullivan's visit comes amid unease in...

US says Iran may be 'contributing' to war crimes in Ukraine

Jan. 09, 2023 14:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that Iran's sale of lethal drones to Russia for use in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine means the country may be "contributing to widespread war crimes." National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan leveled the charge against Iran...

Biden faces Israel quandary with new Netanyahu government

Jan. 07, 2023 00:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government is little more than a week old but it's already giving the Biden administration headaches. Just days into its mandate, a controversial member of Netanyahu’s right-wing Cabinet riled U.S. diplomats with...

UN council ousts Iran from UN commission backing women

Dec. 14, 2022 15:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Economic and Social Council voted Wednesday to immediately oust Iran from the U.N.’s premiere global body fighting for gender equality because of its systematic violation of the rights of women and girls, a decision the United States hailed as “historic” and...

China casts long shadow over US-Africa Leaders Summit

Dec. 13, 2022 06:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With dozens of African leaders descending on Washington this week, the Biden administration is offering a not-so-subtle pitch in its economic competition with China on the continent: The U.S. offers a better option to African partners. Ahead of Tuesday’s start...

US sanctions firms for rights abuses on Anti-Corruption Day

Dec. 09, 2022 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Friday it is imposing sanctions on a broad array of people and companies around the world for corruption and human rights abuses — from illegal fishing operations in Chinese waters to kickbacks in Guatemala — in recognition of International...

G-20 to condemn Russia's Ukraine invasion, urge an end

Nov. 15, 2022 13:23 PM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Leaders of most of the world's economic powers are nearing approval of a declaration strongly denouncing Russia’s invasion that has devastated Ukraine and roiled the global economy. Even China, which has mostly declined to censure Russia until now, and India, which...