Latest Antony Blinken News

Family of American caught in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son, Tyler Thompson, was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, in a statement provided to The Associated Press. ...

ICC prosecutor's warrant requests for Israel and Hamas leaders ignite debate about court's role

May. 22, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The stunning announcement that the International Criminal Court is considering issuing an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes and crimes against humanity has ignited a fierce debate about the court's future as an independent...

Protesters against war in Gaza interrupt Blinken repeatedly in the Senate

May. 21, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In wide-ranging testimony before the Senate Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced the chief prosecutor of the world’s top war crimes court for seeking the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said that despite offering condolences for the...

China sanctions former US lawmaker who supported Taiwan

May. 21, 2024 09:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday sanctioned Mike Gallagher, a former Republican member of Congress from Wisconsin who has shown support for Taiwan. Gallagher will be banned from entering China, any assets he holds in the country will be frozen and he will be barred from various...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

May. 17, 2024 02:52 AM EDT

May 10-16, 2024 Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia was shot and wounded while greeting a crowd. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken played guitar in Kyiv while on a visit to Ukraine. Malians replastered the world’s largest mud brick building at the Great...

State Department removes Cuba from short list of countries deemed uncooperative on counterterrorism

May. 15, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken removed Cuba Wednesday from the State Department's short list of countries that it deems less than fully cooperative against violent groups. In a statement, the State Department said Blinken had found that Cuban and U.S. law...

Ukrainian troops pull out of some areas and Zelenskyy postpones foreign trips amid Russian offensive

May. 15, 2024 14:00 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces withdrew from some parts of the country's northeast and battled Russian troops in other areas Wednesday, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's decision to postpone all his upcoming foreign trips underscored the seriousness of the threat his soldiers face. ...

The Latest | Nearly half a million people flee fighting in Rafah and northern Gaza, UN says

May. 13, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

Nearly half a million Palestinians have been displaced in recent days by escalating Israeli military operations in southern and northern Gaza, the United Nations says. Around 360,000 Palestinians were driven out of Rafah in Gaza's south over the past week, the United Nations’...

Israel moves deeper into Rafah and fights Hamas militants regrouping in northern Gaza

May. 12, 2024 23:36 PM EDT

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The exodus of Palestinians from Gaza’s last refuge accelerated Sunday as Israeli forces pushed deeper into the southern city of Rafah. Israel also pounded the territory’s devastated north, where some Hamas militants have regrouped in areas the military said it had...

Blinken delivers some of the strongest US public criticism of Israel's conduct of the war in Gaza

May. 12, 2024 22:08 PM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday delivered some of the Biden administration’s strongest public criticism yet of Israel’s conduct of the war in Gaza, saying Israeli tactics have meant “a horrible loss of life of innocent civilians” but failed to...