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Biden-Kishida 1st formal talks touch on China, nuke weapons

Jan. 21, 2022 15:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Jan. 21, 2022 15:15 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv. ...

'Minor incursion' by Russia could complicate West's response

Jan. 21, 2022 06:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Short of an all-out invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin could take less dramatic action in Ukraine that would vastly complicate a U.S. and allied response. He might carry out what President Joe Biden called a “minor incursion” — perhaps a cyberattack — leaving the...

Biden issues new warning to Russia over invading Ukraine

Jan. 20, 2022 21:15 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for such an action. It was the latest White House effort to clear up comments Biden made a day...

US sanctions Ukrainian officials accused of helping Russia

Jan. 20, 2022 17:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department levied new sanctions Thursday against four Ukrainian officials, including two current members of parliament who administration officials say are part of a Russian influence effort to set the pretext for further invasion of Ukraine. The...

EXPLAINER: What are US military options to help Ukraine?

Jan. 20, 2022 14:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is not planning to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending combat troops. But he could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky military options, including supporting a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. The rationale...

US says nuclear talks with Iran at 'decisive moment'

Jan. 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that talks with Iran over its nuclear program are at a “decisive moment,” and warned that Washington and its allies may change tactics if a deal isn’t reached in the coming weeks. Blinken said that the longer...

CIA: Most 'Havana syndrome' cases not linked to US adversary

Jan. 20, 2022 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA believes it is unlikely that Russia or another foreign adversary has used microwaves or other forms of directed energy to attack the hundreds of American officials who attribute symptoms associated with brain injuries to what's come to be known as “Havana syndrome." ...

Russia announces sweeping naval drills amid Ukraine tensions

Jan. 20, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday announced sweeping naval drills in several parts of the world this month, and claimed the West is plotting “provocations” in neighboring Ukraine where the Kremlin has been accused of planning aggressive military action. Amid a buildup of an...

Biden predicts Russia will invade Ukraine, warns Putin

Jan. 19, 2022 21:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine and warned President Vladimir Putin that his country would pay a “dear price” in lives lost and a possible cutoff from the global banking system if it does. Biden, speaking at a news...