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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.
World Apr 08U.S. hits state-owned Myanmar gem firm with coup sanctions
The penalties freeze any assets the firm holds in the U.S. or in U.S. jurisdictions and bar American citizens from doing business with it. The company is a major exporter of gems and semi-precious stones like jade.
World Apr 06U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies
The State Department says the Biden administration is considering a possible boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China's human rights record.
Politics Apr 06U.S. boosts aid to Palestinians as some in Congress cry foul
The administration is also expected this week to announce a resumption in funding to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees.
Politics Apr 02Biden lifts Trump sanctions on international court officials
Biden says the United States still has strong disagreements with the court, which has pursued cases against Americans. But Biden says those disagreements are best dealt with through diplomacy, not sanctions.
World Mar 31Blinken reaffirms Trump-era ruling on Hong Kong autonomy
In a notice sent to Congress on Wednesday, Blinken said China had continued to "dismantle" Hong Kong's autonomy since his predecessor first made the determination in May 2020.
World Mar 20U.S. ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines
U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as President Joe Biden tries to assert America's place in the world and distinguish himself from his predecessor. Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough…
Politics Mar 18U.S., China spar in first face-to-face meeting under Biden
In unusually pointed remarks for a staid diplomatic meeting, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi took aim at each other's country's policies at the start of two days of talks in Alaska…