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Politics Feb 23Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador
Her confirmation on Tuesday reflected the Biden administration's determination to reengage with the world body and former President Donald Trump's diplomacy that often left the U.S. isolated internationally.
World Feb 23Human rights will be ‘central’ to relations with Egypt, U.S. says
The Biden administration on Tuesday told Egypt that human rights will be “central” to its policy in dealing with the key Arab state and major American partner in the Middle East.
Politics Feb 08U.S. plans to reengage with U.N. rights council, reversing Trump
The Biden administration has announced plans to reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago.
Nation Feb 07Reagan’s longtime secretary of state George P. Shultz dies
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a titan of American academia, business and diplomacy who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve Cold War relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle…
Politics Feb 04WATCH: Biden signals that U.S. will refocus on diplomacy abroad
“America is back. Diplomacy is back,” Biden said in brief remarks to the State Department staff. "You are the center of all that I intend to do. You are the heart of it. We’re going to rebuild our alliances”…
Politics Feb 01Biden threatens sanctions on Myanmar after military coup
President Joe Biden is threatening new sanctions on Myanmar after a coup that saw the military arrest the civilian leaders of its government.
Politics Jan 28Biden rescinds abortion restrictions on U.S. foreign aid
The move comes just a week after he was inaugurated and fulfills his campaign pledge to reverse a policy that previous Republican presidents, including Donald Trump, have instated immediately on taking office.
World Jan 27Biden administration puts hold on foreign arms sales, including F-35s to U.A.E.
The Biden administration has put a temporary hold on several major foreign arms sales initiated by former President Donald Trump, including a $23 billion transfer of stealth F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates.
Politics Jan 27WATCH: Secretary of State Blinken takes U.S. diplomacy helm, vows to revamp State Department
The Biden administration on Wednesday paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department.
Politics Jan 26Biden, in first call with Putin, presses on Navalny, arms control treaty
Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump. But the new president also looked to preserve room for diplomacy.