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U.S. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has contracted COVID-19, forcing him to cancel an appearance before a key Latino advocacy group.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 18, 2024
Biden’s COVID-19 case delivers latest blow to hard-luck campaign
While U.S. President Joe Biden's symptoms are mild, the COVID-19 diagnosis removes him from the campaign trail and thrusts his health back into the spotlight.
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sunday, following an assassination attempt on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 15, 2024
Biden asks Americans to ‘cool it down’ after Trump shooting
In a rare Oval Office address, the U.S. president said the assassination attempt on his predecessor “calls on all of us to take a step back.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Donald Trump at the former U.S. president's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Thursday. A spokesperson for Orban said the pair discussed the "possibilities of peace" in Ukraine during their meeting.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 12, 2024
NATO outlier Orban discusses possibilities of peace in Ukraine with Trump
The nationalist Hungarian prime minister made surprise visits to Kyiv, Moscow and Beijing in the past two weeks on a self-styled "peace mission," angering NATO allies.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a barbecue with active-duty military service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 5, 2024
Biden tries to ease fitness concerns as Democrats debate his future
A shaky showing at the debate on June 27 has sparked questions about U.S. President Joe Biden's mental and physical fitness for the job.
President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at a CNN studio in Atlanta on Thursday
WORLD / Politics
Jul 1, 2024
Joe Biden's disastrous debate blamed on bad preparation and exhaustion
Biden's fumbling, halting performance has sparked calls from Democrats for him to end his quest for a second term.
Palestinians walk and inspect the damage after Israeli forces withdrew from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 1, 2024
Hamas responds positively to Biden's new Gaza truce proposal
"It's time for this war to end and for the day after to begin," said Biden, who is under election-year pressure to stop the conflict, now in its eighth month.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. According to four U.S. officials, Biden has quietly authorized Ukraine to use U.S.-supplied weapons against military targets inside Russia.
WORLD / Politics
May 31, 2024
Biden allows Ukraine limited use of U.S. arms to strike inside Russia
Revelation by U.S. officials marks a policy shift by Biden, who had refused to allow Ukraine to use U.S. weaponry for strikes inside Russia.
U.S. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington on April 24.
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2024
U.S. and Saudi Arabia nearing deal on defense pact, White House says
The deal offers Riyadh access to advanced U.S. weaponry, potentially including F-35 fighter jets and artificial intelligence, in return for limiting ties with Beijing.
The Pentagon initially opposed the long-range missile deployment, fearing the loss of the missiles from the American stockpile would hurt U.S. military readiness.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 25, 2024
The U.S. quietly shipped long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine
Long-range missiles from a $300 million military aid package the U.S. approved on March 12 have already been used twice in Ukraine.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Oval Office in Washington on Thursday.
Apr 5, 2024
Biden ultimatum to Netanyahu: protect Gaza civilians, or else
Analysts said the implicit threat was to slow U.S. arms transfers to Israel or to temper U.S. support at the U.N.
A person lights a candle by a portrait of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in a Russian Arctic prison last week, at the entrance of Russian Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
U.S. to impose 'major sanctions' on Russia over Navalny death
The latest sanctions on Moscow will target a range of items, including its defense and industrial bases.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the aid package for Ukraine, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
Biden pushes Republicans on Ukraine aid bill amid Trump opposition
The bill would also fund U.S. troops in the Middle East, humanitarian aid in Gaza and defense companies and submarine manufacturing in the United States.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump's core campaign team of a half-dozen aides is unswervingly loyal to their boss and chooses to stay mostly in the background.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
Inside Trump's election A-team: Lean, mean and largely unseen
A handful of distinctive figures have formed a tight, disciplined inner circle around the former U.S. president in his bid for the White House.
A satellite view of the U.S. military outpost known as Tower 22, in Rukban, Rwaished District, Jordan
Jan 29, 2024
Three U.S. troops killed in Jordan drone strike linked to Iran
Biden blamed Iran-backed groups for the attack, the first deadly strike against U.S. forces since the Israel-Hamas war erupted in October.
U.S. President Joe Biden departs a campaign fundraising event in Washington on Oct. 27, 2023.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 3, 2024
Biden unplugged: President goes off-script in election fundraisers
Biden's open-mic disclosures are clashing with the White House system built to keep him on script.
Portraits of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 22, 2023
The secret negotiations that led to the Gaza hostages deal
After weeks of tense diplomatic talks and painstaking negotiations, the work to free hostages taken by Hamas militants on Oct. 7 finally bore fruit.
People gather at the site of the al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital in central Gaza on Wednesday in the aftermath of an overnight strike there.
Oct 19, 2023
U.S. reports deal to restart aid to Gaza as protests rock Mideast
The region remained volatile in the aftermath of an explosion at a Gaza hospital, which Palestinian officials said killed 471 people.
People hold Israeli and U.S. flags as they take part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sept. 20.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 10, 2023
Conflict forces Biden and Netanyahu into uneasy partnership
After months of strain over the path forward in the Middle East, the two leaders have been thrust into a wartime partnership.
U.S. President Joe Biden looks on as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington on Monday.
WORLD / Society
Aug 29, 2023
Biden and Harris ask U.S. to fight racism after Florida shooting
A 21-year old white gunman shot and killed three Black people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2023
NATO head eyes 'strong message' on Ukraine's membership bid at summit
Divisions among the Western military alliance's 31 members on allowing Ukraine in mean there will not be a straightforward invitation for Kyiv to join.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals