Humeyra Pamuk
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on March 20.
WORLD / Politics
May 3, 2024
U.S. and Saudi Arabia finalizing details of security pact, sources say
For now, negotiators have prioritized a bilateral security accord that would then be part of a wider package presented to Israel.
Palestinian children stand amid the debris of a house destroyed by overnight Israeli bombardment in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 28, 2024
Some U.S. officials say Israel may be violating international law in Gaza
A joint submission from four U.S. bureaus raised "serious concern over non-compliance" with international humanitarian law.
A reported strike against Iran by Israel on Friday came against the backdrop of Iran's support for the Palestinian Hamas militant group, whose assault into Israel on Oct. 7 triggered Israel's invasion of Gaza.
Apr 19, 2024
Tehran signals no retaliation against Israel after drones attack Iran
Iran's response appeared to be gauged toward averting a region-wide war.
Displaced Palestinians react near their tents following an Israeli strike on a car in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 8, 2024
Gaza cease-fire hopes alive with more talks planned
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sees room for negotiation in Hamas' counteroffer despite Israel's rejection of it.
Smoke rises over buildings in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip following Israeli bombardment on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 6, 2024
Palestinians hope Blinken visit hastens truce before Rafah strike
Blinken's meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lasted about two hours.
International calls for a cease-fire to spare civilians have been unsuccessful, with Israel vowing to continue until Hamas has been destroyed and all hostages have been freed.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 26, 2024
U.S. sets up channel with Israel seeking answers on civilian casualties
The channel has been set up following concerns about the "constant" reports of Israeli strikes that have resulted in large numbers of civilian deaths.
An Israeli Merkava tank on Thursday
WORLD / Politics
Dec 9, 2023
White House presses Congress to OK tank shells for Israel
The request is being made even as concerns grow about the use of U.S. weapons in a war that has killed thousands of civilians.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
WORLD / Politics
Dec 8, 2023
U.S. criticizes Israel on Gaza as civilian death toll mounts
Israel says it must wipe out the Hamas militant group and is doing everything possible to get civilians out of harm's way.
Injured Palestinians arrive at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
Despite death toll, U.S. unlikely to rethink weapons supplies to Israel
U.S. officials consider private negotiation to be effective in pressuring Israel to minimize civilian casualties in its offensive against Hamas in Gaza.
Smoke rises from Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas war on Saturday.
Nov 18, 2023
Forever war? Israel risks a long, bloody insurgency in Gaza
None of the ideas floated so far by Israel, the United States and Arab nations for the postwar administration of Gaza have managed to gain traction.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 17, 2023
Biden to visit Israel as Gaza war sparks humanitarian crisis
Biden's visit will mark a significant show of U.S. support for its top Middle East ally.
A ball of fire and smoke rises during an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Gaza border crossing set to reopen before Israeli ground assault
Hundreds of metric tons of aid from several countries have been held up in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula for days, pending a deal for its safe delivery to Gaza.
Smoke billows following Israeli strikes amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Gaza, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 13, 2023
Israel calls for all civilians to leave Gaza City
Israeli said it would operate "significantly" in the coming days and that civilians would only be able to return when another announcement was made.
U.S. President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, delivers remarks Tuesday after speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the situation following Hamas' deadly attacks on Israel.
Oct 11, 2023
Israel-Hamas war upends Biden's two-pronged Mideast strategy
After keeping the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at arm's length, Biden now finds himself thrust into a crisis likely to reshape his Middle East policy.
U.S. President Joe Biden raises a toast in Hanoi on Monday. While the U.S. may have successfully bolstered strategic ties with India and Vietnam to counter China, rights advocates were disappointed, given Biden's vow to prioritize the issue when taking office in 2021.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 12, 2023
Biden accused of sidelining rights issues in Vietnam and India
For rights advocates, Biden's travels were a disappointment, given his administration's vow to prioritize the issue when taking office in 2021.
Beijing's Ministry of State Security said China should create a system that makes it 'normal' for regular people to participate in counter-espionage.
Aug 3, 2023
U.S. raises concerns over China's counter-espionage push
Washington worries that foreign companies in China could be punished for regular business activities.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 7, 2023
Blinken visits Saudi Arabia amid strained ties
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and they 'discussed deepening economic cooperation, especially in the clean energy and technology fields.'
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2022
Iranian trainers helped Russia with Ukraine drone attacks, U.S. says
Washington said it would pursue all means to deal with Iran's supply of munitions to Russia, while also considering air defense solutions for Ukraine.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2022
Protests erupt in Russia as Putin mobilizes more troops for Ukraine
A large number of Russians rush for flights out of the country after president orders the nation's first mobilization since World War II.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2022
Caroline Kennedy and U.S. State Department No. 2 to visit Solomons
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Australia, plan to visit next month as Washington battles for influence with Beijing.


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