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World May 24Blinken off to Middle East to push peace talks after Gaza truce
President Joe Biden says Blinken departs Monday for Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Egypt. It will be the Biden administration's highest-level in-person meetings on this month's crisis.
World May 19U.S.-Russia showdown looms as top diplomats meet in Iceland
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia’s longtime Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov plan to talk in person on Wednesday on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting.
World May 18Blinken touts Biden climate policies as shift from Trump
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday touted the Biden administration's abrupt shift in its predecessor's climate policies as he visited Iceland for talks with senior officials from the world's Arctic nations.
World May 17Biden raises cease-fire, civilian toll in call to Netanyahu
The White House says President Joe Biden expressed support for a cease-fire in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, the eighth day of Israeli-Palestinian airstrikes and rocket attacks.
Politics May 04Biden quadruples Trump refugee cap after delay backlash
President Joe Biden formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump.
Politics Apr 27WATCH: U.S. orders big drawdown at Kabul embassy as troops leave
U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad testifies on U.S. policy in Afghanistan, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, at 2:30 p.m. ET today. Watch his remarks here.
World Apr 24Biden recognizes atrocities against Armenians as genocide
With the acknowledgement, Biden followed through on a campaign promise he made a year ago Saturday — the annual commemoration of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day — to recognize that the events of 1915 to 1923 were a deliberate effort to…
Politics Apr 16State Department watchdog says Pompeo, wife violated ethics rules
It recommended that the State Department clarify its policies to better define tasks that are inappropriate for staffers and make it easier to report alleged violations. The department accepted all recommendations in its response to the report.
Politics Apr 14WATCH: Biden to pull troops from Afghanistan, end longest U.S. war
His plan is to pull out all American forces — numbering 2,500 now — by this Sept. 11, the anniversary of the attacks, which were coordinated from Afghanistan.
Politics Apr 13WATCH: Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation
President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's young presidency.