US intel report says North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year

North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year as a way to force President Joe Biden’s administration to enter into dialogue, US intelligence experts said in a report released Tuesday. “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may take a number of aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions to reshape the regional security environment and drive wedges […]

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German politicians commemorate Holocaust victims at Buchenwald camp

Commemoration of the liberation of concentration camps in Germany – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivers a speech at the German National Theatre during an event commemorating the liberation of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps 76 years ago. – Ronny Hartmann/AFP-POOL/dpa German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the premier of the state of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, […]

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Harry, Meghan honor Prince Philip as funeral travel plans awaited

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s foundation Archewell paid tribute to Britain’s Prince Philip following his death Friday as speculation builds about their plans to attend the funeral. The foundation updated the archewell.com website so that it just displayed a single message without any drop-down menus or links to other pages. “In Loving Memory of […]

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US agrees to move ‘remaining combat troops’ from Iraq

The United States agreed in talks Wednesday with Iraq to remove all remaining combat forces deployed to fight Islamic State extremists, although US forces will still provide training. After a first “strategic dialogue” under President Joe Biden’s administration, the two nations said that the Iraqi military had made substantial improvements. “The parties confirmed that the […]

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US restores aid to Palestinians with $235 million in funds

The United States said Wednesday it was restoring assistance to the Palestinians severed under former president Donald Trump with an announcement of $235 million. President Joe Biden’s administration said the United States would again support the UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees with a contribution of $150 million. The United States will also offer $75 […]

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US steps up sanctions on powerful Mexican cartel

US President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday expanded sanctions on a powerful Mexican drug cartel, stepping up pressure as its violent campaign prompts growing concern. The Treasury Department blocked any US assets and criminalized transactions with three people affiliated with Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, which was suspected in the brazen assassination in December of […]

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US lifts Trump-imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor

The United States said Friday it would lift sanctions imposed by former president Donald Trump’s administration on the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, calling for a more cooperative relationship. Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo last year imposed sanctions and refused visas for the outgoing prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, after she launched an investigation […]

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Two children dropped over US-Mexico border wall

Two small Ecuadoran girls, three and five years old, were hoisted over and dropped from the top of a 14-foot wall marking the US-Mexican border in the middle of the night before being picked up by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, the agency said Wednesday. “On Tuesday evening, a Santa Teresa agent utilizing […]

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US trade war was pushing China to steal tech and talent: Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The China-U.S. trade war is pushing Beijing to step up its efforts to steal technology and poach talent from Taiwan to boost China’s semiconductor industry’s self-sufficiency, the government of the tech-powerhouse island said on Wednesday. Washington has taken aim at China’s tech industry during the bitter trade dispute, putting sanctions on firms […]

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Senior Pyongyang official calls Biden North Korea remarks an ‘encroachment’ and ‘provocation’: KCNA

A senior Pyongyang official said US President Joe Biden’s condemnation of North Korea’s test firing of two missiles amounted to an “encroachment” and “provocation,” the state-run KCNA news agency reported Saturday. “Such remarks from the US president are an undisguised encroachment on our state’s right to self-defence and provocation to it,” Ri Pyong Chol, who […]

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US to blacklist Myanmar military companies after deadly crackdown

By Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is planning to impose sanctions on two conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military over the generals Feb. 1 takeover and a deadly crackdown, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The move by the U.S. Treasury to blacklist Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) and Myanmar Economic […]

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‘Bibi whisperers’: Republican strategists bolster Netanyahu’s grip on Israeli politics

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu first stormed to power a quarter of a century ago and has since refashioned Israeli politics with the help of Republican strategists from the United States. In power continuously since 2009, Israel’s longest-serving leader is seeking a record sixth term in Tuesday’s election, the fourth such vote in just two years. […]

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Russian envoy to US back in Moscow after Biden calls Putin a killer: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s ambassador to the United States arrived in Moscow on Sunday for discussions on how to address sliding U.S.-Russia relations after U.S. President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer, the TASS news agency reported. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday it was recalling its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, […]

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Gilead, Merck team up to develop long-acting HIV drug

American pharmaceutical companies Gilead and Merck announced Monday they have partnered to develop a new HIV therapy that could see daily medications replaced by a treatment that can be taken at longer intervals. The companies aim to combine two of their existing medications to “provide new, meaningful treatment options for people living with HIV,” the […]

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