Blinken sees goals largely unfulfilled in Mideast trip, even as Israel pledges to protect civilians
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returned to the Mideast this week looking to press for agreements to extend the Gaza cease-fire, step up the release of hostages held by Hamas and limit Palestinian civilian casualties if fighting with Israel resumed.
Russia's Lavrov declares at security talks that his country's goals in Ukraine are unchanged
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has delivered a blunt message to Western leaders and declared at an international security conference that his government was not prepared to “review its goals” in Ukraine.
Live updates | Israel releases 30 prisoners after Hamas frees 12 hostages in extended truce deal
The latest swap of hostages held by Hamas militants in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel started with the release of 10 Israeli hostages — nine women and a 17-year-old girl — as well as two Thais handed over to the Red Cross in Gaza.
US and Philippines sign a nuclear cooperation pact allowing US investment and technologies
The United States and the Philippines have signed a nuclear cooperation pact under which U.S. investment and technologies are to help the Southeast Asian nation transition to cleaner energy and bolster its power supply.
US and South Korea close ranks on common global issues during Blinken visit
The United States and South Korea closed ranks behind common approaches to North Korea, Russia and China, vowing to continue to support Ukraine against Russia’s invasion and boosting humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza caught in Israel’s war against Hamas.
G7 nations urge 'urgent action' to help civilians trapped in Gaza, including pauses in the fighting
Top diplomats from the Group of Seven leading industrial democracies have called for “urgent action” to help civilians trapped in an increasingly dire situation in Gaza, including pauses in the fighting to allow aid in and people out, in announcing a unified stance on the Israel-Hamas war.
Senate Republicans outline border security measures they want as a condition for aiding Ukraine
Senate Republicans have released a sweeping set of U.S. border security proposals as a condition for sending more aid to Ukraine, laying out a draft plan to resume construction on parts of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, curtail humanitarian parole for people who cross into the United States and make it more difficult for migrants to qualify for asylum.
Despite push by Biden and Blinken, US appears no closer to securing 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza
Personal appeals from President Joe Biden to his Israeli counterpart and a grueling Middle East diplomatic tour by his Secretary of State Antony Blinken have left the Biden administration with little to show for its efforts to ease civilian suffering.
Hamas leader’s home is hit in airstrike as Israel presses its attacks and U.S. envoy seeks aid route
The United States and Arab partners are disagreeing on the need for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military says the besieged enclave’s Hamas rulers are “encountering the full force” of its troops.
Blinken warns Israel that humanitarian conditions in Gaza must improve to have 'partners for peace'
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is warning Israel that it risks destroying an eventual possibility for peace unless it acts swiftly to improve humanitarian conditions in Gaza for Palestinian civilians as it intensifies its war against Hamas.
Live updates | Israel rebuffs US push for humanitarian pause, says hostages must be released first
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected U.S. calls for a humanitarian pause in the Israel-Hamas war, telling U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday “we are going full steam ahead,” unless the hostages held by Hamas are released.
Biden says 74 US dual nationals have left Gaza Strip as he dispatches Blinken to Mideast
President Joe Biden says that 74 more U.S. citizens have left the Gaza Strip He announced the development as he dispatched his top diplomat to the Mideast for talks with Israeli and Jordanian officials as the nearly four-week old Israel-Hamas war rages on with no end in sight.
The US has strongly backed Israel's war against Hamas. The allies don't seem to know what comes next
When Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked this week who would govern the Gaza Strip following Israel’s war against Hamas, he said a return of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority made “the most sense.”.
Blinken, Austin say US is ready to respond if US personnel become targets of Israel-Hamas war
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin say the United States is ready to protect American forces or personnel in the Middle East should the Israel-Hamas war escalate as they expect.
Biden walks a tightrope with his support for Israel as his party's left urges restraint
President Joe Biden is facing anew the balancing act of demonstrating full-throated support for America’s closest ally in the Middle East while trying to press the Israelis to act with enough restraint to keep their war with Hamas from metastasizing.
Biden will head to Israel and Jordan as concerns mount that Israel-Hamas conflict will spread
President Joe Biden will travel to Israel and Jordan Wednesday to meet with both Israeli and Arab leadership, as concerns increase that the raging Israel-Hamas war could expand into a larger regional conflict.
With humanitarian aid blocked at Egyptian border, Gaza draws closer to total collapse
Hospitals in Gaza faced collapse Monday as water, power and medicine neared depletion, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians searched for dwindling food supplies while Israel maintained punishing airstrikes in retaliation for last week’s deadly rampage by Hamas.
In first call with Palestinian president Abbas, Biden discusses support for humanitarian aid to Gaza
President Joe Biden has spoken with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging the leaders to allow humanitarian aid to the region and affirmed his support for efforts to protect civilians.
US and Qatar agree to prevent disbursal of recently unfrozen Iranian funds as Israel-Hamas war rages
The U.S. and Qatar have reached an agreement that the Qataris will not act on any request from Tehran for the time being to access $6 billion in Iranian funds that were unblocked as part of a prisoner swap last month.
Biden's hopes for establishing Israel-Saudi relations could become a casualty of the new Mideast war
The outbreak of war between Israel and the Palestinians is threatening to delay or derail a country-by-country diplomatic push by the United States to improve relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Antony Blinken: US trying to verify reports that Americans have died in Israel, were taken as hostages by Hamas
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the U.S. is "actively working" to verify reports that several Americans may be among the dead in the Israel-Hamas conflict, as well as reports that there could be some U.S. hostages.
Blinken meets Chinese VP as US-China contacts increase ahead of possible summit
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with China's Vice President Han Zheng on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly as the Biden administration and Beijing step up high-level contacts ahead of what could be a leader-level summit this fall.
US moves to advance prisoner swap deal with Iran and release $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds
The Biden administration has cleared the way for the release of five American citizens detained in Iran by issuing a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money in South Korea without fear of U.S. sanctions.
Biden's commerce secretary is the latest Cabinet member to visit China in a bid for improved ties
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is the latest member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet to visit China as his administration tries to mend the deteriorating ties between the world’s two largest economies.