By Associated Press
Blinken has plans to create a new cyberspace and digital policy bureau, and boost expertise in emerging technologies in the foreign service. He also wants Congress to approve a 50 percent increase in the State Department's IT budget.
By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
Price says he tested positive for coronavirus Monday morning after returning from New York, where he attended the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week.
The U.S. State Department held a briefing on Wednesday after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The State Department says it is tracking roughly 1,000 American citizens who it believes may still be in Afghanistan, as evacuation efforts proceed despite deadly suicide attacks outside the Kabul airport.
The U.S. State Department’s Ned Price and Under Secretary Nuland are expected to hold a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
The United States struggled Thursday to pick up the pace of American and Afghan evacuations at Kabul airport, constrained by obstacles ranging from armed Taliban checkpoints to paperwork problems.
The State Department said it was sending John Bass, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, to manage the evacuation operation in Kabul, as the Taliban have assured "safe passage' for civilians seeking to leave Afghanistan.
Price spoke on a day when thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s main airport, with some so desperate to escape the Taliban that they held onto a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths.
Blinken's comments came Wednesday during a speech at the State Department in Washington where he laid out the Biden administration's foreign policy agenda, with eight priorities.
By Samy Magdy, Associated Press
The U.S. has urged Yemen's rebels to halt their attack on the central province of Marib, warning against exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the Arab world's poorest country.
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