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A local resident visits the Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine, on Thursday. The U.S. is in talks with close partners to lead a group of allies that would give as much as $50 billion in aid to Ukraine.
WORLD / Politics
May 4, 2024
G7 eyes plan on U.S.-led $50 billion aid package for Ukraine
The plan is being discussed among the Group of Seven nations, with the U.S. pushing to have an agreement when G7 leaders meet in Italy in June.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
May 2, 2024
U.S. and Saudi Arabia near defense pact meant to reshape Middle East
Though many obstacles remain, there is optimism Washington and Riyadh could reach a framework defense deal within weeks.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a joint ministerial meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Partnership in Riyadh to discuss the humanitarian crises in the Gaza, on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 30, 2024
U.S. warns ICC action on Israel would hurt cease-fire chances
The U.S. and its allies are concerned that the International Criminal Court may issue arrest warrants for Israeli officials just as the country is getting closer to a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, potentially jeopardizing a deal, people familiar with the matter said.
Iranians gather at Palestine Square to celebrate Iran’s attack on Israel, holding up their phones with the flash on, in Tehran on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
Iran’s attack on Israel sparks race to avert a full-blown war
Nations around the world are working to stop what could be a slow dance toward war in the Middle East after Iran directly attacked Israel.
Iranians burn an Israeli flag in Tehran last week during a rally and a funeral for those who were killed in a suspected Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy complex in the Syrian capital Damascus.
WORLD
Apr 11, 2024
U.S. sees missile strike on Israel by Iran or proxies as imminent
Such a strike would mark a significant widening of the 6-month-old conflict, according to people familiar with the intelligence.
The TSMC plant in Phoenix, Arizona. The chipmaker's projects in Arizona have become increasingly entwined with U.S. President Joe Biden’s campaign message on revitalizing the economy.
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 9, 2024
TSMC gets $11.6 billion in U.S. grants and loans for chip plants
TSMC’s projects in Arizona have become increasingly entwined with Biden’s campaign message on revitalizing the economy.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks with the media after meeting with Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng at the Guangdong Zhudao Guesthouse in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, on Saturday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 7, 2024
China providing geospatial intelligence to Russia, U.S. warns
Beijing’s support also includes optics, propellants to be used in missiles and increased space cooperation, according to sources.
A vigil is held for Russian activist Alexei Navalny in Munich on Feb. 16.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 27, 2024
Prisoner swap deal for Alexei Navalny was in works when he died
The U.S. State Department said in early December it made a "new and significant” proposal to Russia, but Moscow had rejected the offer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Russia may launch nuclear weapon into space this year, U.S. tells allies
Moscow is said to be developing a space-based capability to knock out satellites using a nuclear warhead, in violation of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.
Houthi tribesmen gather to show defiance after U.S. and U.K. airstrikes on Houthi positions near Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 5, 2024
U.S. promises more Mideast strikes while trying to avert wider war
Officials framed the U.S. strikes as a necessary and inevitable response to the killing of three U.S. soldiers in a drone strike in Jordan a week ago.
U.S. President Joe Biden exits Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.
WORLD
Feb 3, 2024
U.S. hits Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq with wave of strikes
Aircraft including long-range B-1 bombers flown from the U.S. struck 85 targets at seven locations linked to Iran’s Quds Force.
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires toward Gaza on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war Cabinet have been under increasing pressure to bring home the hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
Gaza cease-fire negotiations advance as Israel-Hamas war grinds on
While talks are still in the early stages, sources said the proposal had a realistic chance of success and could lead to a longer-term cease-fire.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (left) speak with relatives of hostages taken by Hamas during the militant group’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel, in Washington on Jan. 17. Gillibrand was one of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's guests at discussions that took place in earlier this month.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 31, 2024
Saudis resume U.S. defense talks after pause from Gaza war
Crown prince met U.S. senators for the revival of talks of a pact that would have included a tie-up with Israel.
The ASML headquarters and factory in Veldhoven, Netherlands
WORLD / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
U.S. pushed Dutch tech company to block Chinese sales
ASML had licenses to ship three top-of-the-line deep ultraviolet lithography machines to Chinese firms until January, when new Dutch restrictions took full effect.
Smoke rises from destroyed buildings in the Gaza Strip following Israeli airstrikes on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 2, 2023
U.S. and Israel weigh peacekeepers for Gaza after Hamas
The conversations have been impelled by a sense of urgency to come up with a plan for the future of Gaza now that a ground invasion has begun.
An aerial view shows destroyed buildings in al-Zahra city, south of Gaza City, on Friday following Israeli bombardment overnight amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 21, 2023
U.S. and Israel weigh a future for the Gaza Strip without Hamas
The options include installing a U.N.-backed interim government with the involvement of Arab nations, people familiar with U.S. deliberations said.
Valdis Dombrovskis, trade commissioner for the European Union, at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Oct. 13.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 21, 2023
EU says lack of U.S. clarity on tariffs sank trade announcement
Valdis Dombrovskis, an executive VP at the European Commission, said the U.S. had previously agreed to work toward removing the measures.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs U.S. President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Wednesday. Biden's visit to Israel represents a solidarity visit following Hamas attacks that have led to major Israeli reprisals.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Biden in Israel says hospital blast appears done by ‘other team’
"I’m deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday," Biden said.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner in Washington on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Biden considers Israel visit, while warning against Gaza occupation
The U.S. leader also acknowledged concerns voiced by Palestinians in Gaza and Arab leaders across the region over Israel's moves.
U.S. President Joe Biden (second from rigt), U.S. first lady Jill Biden (right), Hawaii Gov. Josh Green (second from left) and Jaime Green, first lady of Hawaii, visit an area devastated by wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Monday.
WORLD / Society
Aug 22, 2023
Biden vows to help Maui rebuild after ‘unimaginable tragedy’
"Whatever you need, you’re going to get,” Biden said in the historic town of Lahaina, which was ravaged by the fires, vowing to help residents rebuild.

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