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Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Ukraine and warns Russia the US will respond if it acts 'recklessly'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Efrem Lukatsky/Getty Images Blinken on Thursday warned Russia the US will respond if it behaves "recklessly." The warning came as Blinken visited Ukraine as a show of support against Russian aggression. Russia recently amassed roughly 100,000 troops on Ukraine's borders. See more stories on Insider's business page. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today Program on ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, International, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Nato, New York Times, Crimea


Blinken refuses to call Biden's superpower competition with China a 'new Cold War'

Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for Secretary of State, during his Senate confirmation hearing. Blinken called China "the most significant challenge of any nation state." Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images Blinken won't call the US-China competition a new Cold War. "I resist putting labels on most relationships ... because it's complex," Blinken said. Biden has been portraying the US-China standoff as a battle between democracy and autocracy. See more stories on Insider's business...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, China, US, International, America, Trends, Cold War, Joe Biden, Beijing, United States, Biden, Donald Trump


Following weeks of backlash, Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500

By Matthew Lee, Zeke Miller and Julie Watson | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday 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 of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump. Biden last month moved to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements, removing one roadblock to refugees entering the U.S. put in place by Trump, but he had initially stoppe...
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US, UK reject reports of imminent prisoner deal with Iran

By Pan Pylas | Associated Press LONDON — The U.S. and the U.K. dismissed reports coming out of Iran that they are thrashing out a prisoner exchange deal with Tehran that could see the imminent release of a British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and four Americans, among others. Iran was a key topic of discussions Monday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his host in London, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Their meeting took place a day before the first face-to-...
Tags: Politics, London, News, North Korea, Russia, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Britain, Soccer, South Africa, Associated Press, Biden


Blinken says China is 'acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad'

Antony Blinken speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Edelman/Getty Images The U.S. Secretary of State warned that China had started acting "more aggressively abroad." He told CBS News that he wanted to avoid military confrontation between the two superpowers. "What we've witnessed over the last several years is China acting more repressively at home and more aggressive...
Tags: Politics, Usa, Washington, Cbs News, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Beijing, United States, Xi Jinping, Alaska, US Senate, Biden, Cnbc, Trump


Is Washington prepared for a geopolitical ‘tech race’?

When Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sat down with Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska for the first high-level bilateral summit of the new administration, it was not a typical diplomatic meeting. Instead of a polite but restrained diplomatic exchange, the two sides traded pointed barbs for almost two hours. “There is growing consensus that the era of engagement with China has come to an unceremonious close,” wrote Sullivan and Kurt Campbell, the ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Japan, UK, Sweden, Obama Administration, Washington, France, Government, Senate, White House, China, Germany


Secretary of State Antony Blinken heading to Ukraine to show support after Russia sparked fears of an invasion

Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Makela/Getty Images America's top diplomat is heading to Ukraine next week. This trip comes on the heels of a Russian military buildup that sparked fears of an invasion. The State Department said the trip is about showing support to ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Russia, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Atlantic, Crimea, Moscow, State Department


Watch live: Biden’s first address to Congress

By Darlene Superville | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is putting the finishing touches on his first address to a joint session of Congress, a prime-time speech on Wednesday night on the eve of his 100th day in office. Biden will use the speech before lawmakers and a broader viewing audience to talk about what he’s accomplished in the opening months of his presidency and to lay out his other domestic and foreign policy priorities. When and where can I watch or listen to Bid...
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Biden to lay out a recovery plan in his first address to a joint session of Congress

President Joe Biden Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images Biden will address Congress for the first time in his term on the eve of his 100th day in office. The address will take place on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET. Here is what the president is expected to discuss during his address. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden will address Congress for the first time in his term on the eve of his 100th day in office on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.The president is expecte...
Tags: Politics, Congress, White House, Defense, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Associated Press, US Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Msnbc, Black


Biden will allow US embassies worldwide to fly Pride flag, reversing a Trump administration decision

The US flag and an LGBTQ pride flag on the front facade of the US Embassy in Moscow. Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images Secretary of State Antony Blinken has given US embassies the greenlight to fly the Pride flag. This reverses a decision from the Trump administration, which rejected requests to fly the flag. The Biden administration is not making this mandatory, but allowing diplomats to decide. See more stories on Insider's business page. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has authorize...
Tags: South Korea, Politics, News, Nbc News, US, Trends, United States, New York Times, Moscow, State Department, Transphobia, Biden, Seoul, US Embassy, Trump, Mike Pence


World leaders pledge to work to address climate change

By Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Daly and Christina Larson | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The leaders of Russia and China put aside their raw-worded disputes with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday long enough to pledge international cooperation on cutting climate-wrecking coal and petroleum emissions in a livestreamed summit showcasing America’s return to the fight against global warming. Neither Vladimir Putin nor Xi Jinping immediately followed the United States and some of its developed allie...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Climate Change, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Angela Merkel, Russia, Environment, America


10 Things in Politics: Biden demands reform after Chauvin verdict

President Biden speaks after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all charges in the killing of George Floyd. Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics, your weekday look at the biggest stories in DC and beyond. Sign up here to receive this newsletter.Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about today:Biden tells Americans that Derek Chauvin verdict cannot be the ...
Tags: Europe, Elon Musk, Florida, Politics, New York, Minneapolis, Obama, Congress, California, Cbs News, Senate, White House, Russia, Defense, US, Oakland Raiders


The Pentagon says more and more Russian troops are amassing near Ukraine, and it is not convinced this is just a training exercise

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols a trench in Lugansk region, near the front line with Russian-backed separatists, April 16, 2021 Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images The Pentagon says that the Russian military buildup near Ukraine is larger than the one in 2014. The Defense Department also said that it is not clear "that this is all about training," as Russia says. The US has also raised concerns about Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, International, Trends, Department Of Defense, Eu, European Union, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Nato, Crimea, Moscow


After outcry, White House says Biden will lift refugee cap

By Zeke Miller, Aamer Madhani and Julie Watson | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements. In an emergency determination signed by Biden earlier in the day, he stated the admission of up to 15,000 refugees set by former President Donald Trump this y...
Tags: Europe, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Africa, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United States, David Miliband, Connecticut, Middle East, State Department


Biden promised a foreign policy centered on human rights, but is continuing Trump-era policies and practices

President Joe Biden AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File Biden is upholding Trump-era policies on issues like refugee admissions and arms sales. Progressives and advocacy groups say Biden is violating his pledge to prioritize human rights. AOC called Biden's decision to uphold Trump's refugee cap "completely and utterly unacceptable." See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden promised that his foreign policy would mark a major departure from former President Donal...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, Saudi Arabia, White House, Russia, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Ukraine, Cnn


Top US general in Europe says there's a low-to-medium risk Russia invades Ukraine in the next few weeks

Units of Russian mountain air assault division hold exercise in Crimea in March 2021. Sergei Malgavko/Getty Images The top US general in Europe said there's a "low to medium" risk Russia invades Ukraine soon. Russia has amassed 80,000 troops on Ukraine's borders. Tensions between Russia and the West have reached historic heights. See more stories on Insider's business page. Air Force General Tod Wolters, the top US general in Europe, on Thursday said there's a "low to med...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Nato, Crimea, Moscow, Brussels


Secretary of State Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan after Biden announced plans to withdraw US troops from the country

Antony Blinken. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images The US secretary of state made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday. It comes after President Biden announced plans to withdraw US troops by September 11. The Washington Post reported he wants to reassure Afghanistan the US is still committed to the country. See more stories on Insider's business page. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday after President J...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Speed, Taliban, Nato, News UK, Kabul, Biden, The Washington Post, State, Antony Blinken


US slaps Russia with new sanctions and expels 10 diplomats in retaliation for 2020 election interference and SolarWinds hack

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington AP Photo/Evan Vucci The Biden administration issued new sanctions against Russia on Thursday. The sanctions target over 30 Russian entities and expel a number of Russian diplomats from the US. The sanctions also accuse Russia's foreign intelligence service of being behind the SolarWinds hack. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Biden adminis...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Fbi, United States, Treasury, Orion, Pentagon, Biden, Solarwinds, Trump


Biden issues warning to Putin, proposes summit as Russian troops amass along the Ukrainian border

Getty Biden urged Putin to de-escalate tensions as Russia amasses troops along the Ukrainian border. The massive Russian troop build-up has raised alarm across Europe. Amid rising tensions between the US and Russia, Biden also proposed holding a summit. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions as thousands of Russian troops gather along the Ukrainian border, while proposing a summit in a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Nbc, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Angela Merkel, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, United States, Nato


Blinken says China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in the early stages of the pandemic

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on April 11, 2021. Meet The Press/NBC Secretary of State Antony Blinken said we need to 'get to the bottom' of COVID-19's origin. Blinken said China knows it didn't adequately respond to the early stages of the pandemic. He said China should've allowed real-time access to international experts and been more transparent. See more stories on Insider's business page. Secretary of S...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Nbc, China, US, Trends, Who, World Health Organisation, State, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Aylin Woodward, Connor Perrett, Coronavirus, COVID


The US is 'not focused on a boycott' of the 2022 Olympics in China amid human rights concerns, Blinken says

A Chinese flag flutters in front of the IOC headquarters during a protest by activists of the International Tibet Network against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2021 in Lausanne. Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images The United States is "not focused" on boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Calls for nations, including the US, to boycott next year's games are growing. Tensions are rising between the US, its allies, and China over allegations of human rights violati...
Tags: Politics, News, Nbc, China, US, International, Trends, Taiwan, Beijing, United States, Xinjiang, Meet The Press, Ioc, State, Chuck Todd, Antony Blinken


Here's what's in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that Trump abandoned and Biden is vying to restore

Donald Trump holds up a copy of the memorandum he signed, enacting a US departure from the Iran deal. AP Biden has made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a top foreign policy goal. Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018, pushing tensions with Iran to historic heights. Reviving the deal will be hard, but there's been signs of progress at diplomatic talks in Vienna. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. President Joe Biden has made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a top ...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Vienna, Middle East, Un


Biden thinks that only US leadership stops the world from the 'law of the jungle,' his top diplomat says

Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Makela/Getty Images Blinken said that Biden sees US leadership as vital to global stability. When the US sits back and countries like China step in, Biden thinks it leads to "chaos," he said. Biden has made competing with China a top for...
Tags: Post, Politics, Human Rights, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington Post, China, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, Foreign Policy, Nato, Alaska, United Nations


Biden thinks that only US leadership stops the world from the 'law of the jungle,' his top diplomat warns

Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Makela/Getty Images Blinken said that Biden sees US leadership as vital to global stability. When the US sits back and countries like China step in, Biden thinks it leads to "chaos," he said. Biden has made competing with China a top for...
Tags: Post, Politics, Human Rights, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington Post, China, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, Foreign Policy, Nato, Alaska, United Nations


Biden says China is 'racing ahead' of the US in a fiery speech bashing Republicans who oppose his infrastructure plan

President Joe Biden has portrayed his infrastructure plan as a means of strengthening democracy and undermining autocracy. Alex Wong/Getty Images In a Wednesday speech, Biden framed investing in infrastructure as a matter of national security. He said that delaying doing so benefited China, and he bashed Republicans for opposing his plan. China is "counting on American democracy to be too slow ... to keep up the pace," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe...
Tags: Politics, News, Republicans, China, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, Beijing, Gop, Washington Dc, State Department, Biden, Xinjiang, United States of America


Biden warns China is 'racing ahead' of the US in a fiery speech bashing Republicans who oppose his infrastructure plan

President Joe Biden has portrayed his infrastructure plan as a means of strengthening democracy and undermining autocracy. Alex Wong/Getty Images Biden framed investing in infrastructure as a matter of national security in a Wednesday speech. He warned that delaying doing so benefits China and bashed Republicans for opposing his plan. China is "counting on American democracy to be too slow, too limited, and too divided to keep up the pace," he said. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Politics, News, Republicans, China, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, Beijing, Gop, Washington Dc, State Department, Biden, Xinjiang, United States of America


The US is talking to allies about boycotting 2022 Beijing Olympics over genocide against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

A Chinese flag flutters in front of the IOC headquarters during a protest by activists of the International Tibet Network against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Februay 3, 2021 in Lausanne. Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images The US and its allies are discussing a possible boycott of the 2020 Beijing Olympics. "It is something that we certainly wish to discuss," the State Department said on Tuesday. China is facing growing backlash over what's widely considered to be genocide against ...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, China, US, Sports, International, Trends, Eu, Beijing, Canada, Olympics, Alaska, New York Times, International criminal court, Moscow


A WHO investigation into the coronavirus' origins points the finger at animals in Chinese wildlife farms

A worker in protective GEAR directs members of the World Health Organization team at the airport in Wuhan, China, January 14, 2021. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan The coronavirus likely jumped from animals to people, possibly at wildlife farms, the WHO found. The AP obtained the WHO's forthcoming report about its investigation into the virus' origins in China. The report says it's "extremely unlikely" the virus leaked from a lab. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new Wor...
Tags: Health, Science, News, White House, China, US, Trends, Ap, Cnn, Beijing, Who, World Health Organization, Associated Press, Npr, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci


Nikki Haley says Biden doesn't criticize China by sharing clip from news conference where the president ripped into Xi Jinping

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Matt York/AP Photo Nikki Haley on Thursday accused Biden of thinking it's unnecessary to criticize China. This came after a news conference where Biden said Xi doesn't have a democratic "bone in his body." Haley criticized Biden's stance on China while sharing a clip from the same news conference. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nikki Haley on Thursday accused President Joe Biden of being weak on China by sharing a selective...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, News, China, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Alaska, United Nations, Biden, Xinjiang, Donald Trump, Trump


Biden's diplomacy looks a lot like Trump's, and it comes with the same dangers

US and Chinese officials had a tense first meeting since Biden's inauguration in Anchorage, Alaska. President Joe Biden has dealt with US foes much in the way President Donald Trump did. That aggressive, uncompromising approach harms US economic standing and puts useful diplomacy out of reach. Bonnie Kristian is a fellow at Defense Priorities. See more stories on Insider's business page. There was a "strong smell of gunpowder and drama" at US-China talks in Alaska last week, said...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, Opinion, Washington, North Korea, China, Russia, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, Iran, Beijing, United States, Alaska



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