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Biden angers China with vow to defend Taiwan
by Sebastian Smith - May 24, 2022 - 8:37am
Speaking in Tokyo, Biden compared China's threat to self-ruled Taiwan to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, delivering his strongest remarks to date on the issue amid rising tensions over Beijing's growing economic...
Biden arrives in Japan with no response on outreach to North Korea
by Sebastian Smith - May 23, 2022 - 8:31am
Biden, making his first trip to Asia as president, flew from South Korea into Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo, where he will meet with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and emperor on Monday, as well as unveiling...
Supreme Court leak ignites US abortion firestorm
by Sebastian Smith - May 4, 2022 - 8:22am
For many women, the potential loss of abortion rights across swaths of the United States raises the prospect of being forced to travel hundreds of miles for the procedure or giving birth in traumatic circumstan...
Biden to press Xi to get in line over condemnation of Russia
by Sebastian Smith - March 18, 2022 - 8:50am
It's "an opportunity for President Biden to assess where President Xi stands," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
Zelensky urges US help against Russia -- and gets $1 bn more weaponry
by Sebastian Smith - March 17, 2022 - 11:40am
Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky made a desperate appeal for help against Russia to the US Congress on Wednesday, and within hours of the speech, President Joe Biden responded by promising $1 billion in new weapons...
US expresses 'deep concerns' on Russia-China 'alignment'
by Sebastian Smith - March 15, 2022 - 8:42am
"We do have deep concerns about China's alignment with Russia," a senior US official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding: "It was a very candid conversation."
Biden to celebrate West's unity against Russia in State of Union speech
by Sebastian Smith - March 2, 2022 - 8:36am
US President Joe Biden will tout Western unity against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in a State of the Union speech Tuesday where the dangerous crisis will overshadow domestic politics.
Biden says Putin has decided to invade Ukraine
by Sebastian Smith - February 19, 2022 - 9:27am
President Joe Biden said he is "convinced" that Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine within the week, an event that would trigger Western sanctions set to turn Russia into what a US official called a "p...
US challenges Russia to step back from Ukraine attack
by Sebastian Smith - February 18, 2022 - 8:41am
The United States said Thursday that Russia is on the verge of unleashing a massive military attack against Ukraine, dismissing Moscow's claim to be pulling forces back, as artillery fire hit a Ukrainian k...
US warns Russia could attack Ukraine 'any day'
by Sebastian Smith - February 12, 2022 - 9:22am
The United States dramatically raised the alarm over Ukraine, warning that a Russian invasion starting with civilians caught under aerial bombing could begin in days and telling US citizens to leave within 48 h...
Biden touts 'enormous progress' in pandemic-blighted first year
by Sebastian Smith - January 20, 2022 - 9:04am
In a rare news conference marking his first 12 months, Biden touted a period of unprecedented job creation, infrastructure improvements and a growing economy that he said would help counter inflation and supply chain...
Biden tears into Trump on anniversary of 'insurrection'
by Sebastian Smith - January 7, 2022 - 8:56am
"This was an armed insurrection," Biden declared from Statuary Hall inside the Capitol, where a year ago thousands of people brandishing Trump flags trampled over police to invade the chamber, forcing lawmakers to...
US halves isolation guidelines for asymptomatic COVID-19
by Sebastian Smith - December 28, 2021 - 8:40am
The CDC recommendations, which cut isolation for asymptomatic cases from 10 to five days, open the way for people to return to work sooner — minimizing the prospect of mass labor shortages in key parts of the...
Biden rings the alarm on state of democracy worldwide
by Sebastian Smith - December 10, 2021 - 8:29am
China and Russia, which Biden describes as leaders of the autocracies camp, were demonstratively excluded, prompting scathing complaints.
Biden convenes more than 100 nations for world 'democracy' summit
by Sebastian Smith - December 9, 2021 - 12:30pm
President Joe Biden, who took office amid the biggest US political crisis in decades, hosts representatives of more than 100 countries for a democracy summit Thursday that is drawing fire from China and Russia.
Biden opens winter battle against COVID-19
by Sebastian Smith - December 3, 2021 - 8:38am
Urging the nation — in particular his political rivals — to unite behind the strategy, Biden unveiled a raft of actions designed to tamp down Covid-19 in the coming months, as the latest Omicron...
US mulls diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
by Sebastian Smith - November 19, 2021 - 8:05am
President Joe Biden said Thursday he was considering a US diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, in what would be an attempt to show toughness over China's rights abuses without impacting US athl...
Biden to pressure Xi on respecting 'rules' in video summit
by Sebastian Smith - November 16, 2021 - 7:47am
The meeting is "an opportunity to set the terms of the competition with China" and to insist the leadership in Beijing "play by the rules of the road," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
US to end travel bans for vaccinated passengers
by Sebastian Smith - September 21, 2021 - 7:42am
The United States announced Monday it will lift Covid travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing.
Australia to get nuclear subs in new US, British partnership
by Sebastian Smith - September 16, 2021 - 7:45am
The United States, responding to growing rivalry from China, announced a new alliance Wednesday with Australia and Britain to strengthen naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific with a new Australian nuclear submarine...
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