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Former CIA official charged with being secret agent for South Korean intelligence

Jul. 17, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA employee and senior official at the National Security Council has been charged with serving as a secret agent for South Korea's intelligence service, the Justice Department said. Sue Mi Terry accepted luxury goods, including fancy handbags, and...

To counter China, NATO and its Asian partners are moving closer under US leadership

Jul. 09, 2024 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the third year of the war in Ukraine, NATO is set to deepen relations with its four Indo-Pacific partners, which, although not part of the military alliance, are gaining prominence as Russia and China forge closer ties to counter the United States and the two Koreas support...

US asks Haiti to prioritize electoral council amid gang violence and a humanitarian crisis

Jul. 03, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. officials have asked Haiti’s prime minister to prioritize the establishment of an electoral council as the country strives to rebuild its government amid rampant gang violence. “This critical step toward will give the Haitian people an...

Senior Blinken aide is taking a top job with Austin after Senate confirmation holdup

Jun. 24, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday that one of his most senior aides is leaving for a top job with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and will be replaced by a brother of President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. State Department counselor...

US thanks Romania for its leader exiting the NATO leadership race to clear the way for Rutte

Jun. 21, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday thanked Romania for its president withdrawing from the race to lead NATO, saying the move would help ensure the Western military alliance stays properly focused. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered the message to his...

The Latest | Hezbollah says Israeli strikes kill 3 fighters as US envoy tries to calm tensions

Jun. 19, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon killed three Hezbollah fighters on Wednesday, the militant group said, as a U.S. envoy tasked with avoiding a devastating regional war returned to Israel after meeting officials in Lebanon. Lebanese state media reported multiple Israeli strikes...

The Latest | Netanyahu accuses Biden of delaying weapons, but US insists arms are flowing

Jun. 18, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming the United States is withholding weapons needed for the war in Gaza. In a video released Tuesday, Netanyahu implied the holdup was slowing Israel’s offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. President Joe Biden has delayed...

Israel's Netanyahu blames Biden for withholding weapons. US officials say that's not the whole story

Jun. 18, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday claimed the United States is withholding weapons and implied this was slowing Israel's offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where fighting has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation for Palestinians. ...

US, Cyprus embark on strategic dialogue that officials say demonstrates closest-ever ties

Jun. 17, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus-U.S. relations have reached their highest level yet after the two countries embarked on a strategic dialogue on key issues including defense, security, energy, crisis management and the fight against terrorism, officials said Monday. U.S. Secretary of...

8 Israeli soldiers killed in southern Gaza in deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months

Jun. 15, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An explosion in southern Gaza killed eight Israeli soldiers, the military said Saturday, making it the deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months. The attack, coming more than eight months into a grinding war that shows few signs of ending soon, was likely to...