On Ukraine, Biden Flusters European Allies by Stating the Obvious

The president laid bare divisions over Russian meddling in Ukraine, even if they have long been there for all to see.

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Court in Ukraine Declines Request to Arrest Former President

A feud between President Volodymyr Zelensky and his predecessor, Petro O. Poroshenko, has carried on despite the risk the country is facing from Russia.

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Blinken Visits Ukraine, Warning of ‘Short Notice’ Russian Attack

The U.S. secretary of state met with Ukraine’s president before a meeting Friday with Russia’s foreign minister, with Russian forces massed along the Ukrainian border.

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Blinken Will Meet With Russia as U.S. Pushes for More Diplomacy

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will meet with Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia in Geneva on Friday as the United States warns that Russia could soon attack Ukraine.

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The U.S. and Iran Move Closer to a Nuclear Deal

As negotiations reach a critical stage, neither side wants to betray weakness by seeming too eager to reach a deal.

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Blinken Halts Asia Trip After Journalist Tests Positive for Covid

Citing the need for caution, the secretary of state expressed “deep regret” to Thailand’s deputy prime minister before returning to the United States earlier than planned.

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Blinken, in Indonesia, Stresses Soft Power to Counter China

The U.S. secretary of state seeks to make the case that the United States is a better bet as a partner than China, even if it’s not spending so lavishly in the region.

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Diplomats Warn Russia of ‘Massive Consequences’ if It Invades Ukraine

The foreign ministers for the Group of 7 urged Russia to pull back from the tense border standoff. Moscow has massed as many as 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s eastern, northern and southern frontiers.

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Iran’s Nuclear Program Ignites New Tension Between U.S. and Israel

Strains emerged during talks this week after a short period of strong relations between a new Israeli government and new American one.

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U.S. Will Not Send Government Officials to Beijing Olympics

American athletes will still be able to compete in the Winter Games, but the diplomatic boycott is a slap at China for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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United States Will Not Send Government Officials to Beijing Olympics

Athletes will still be able to compete in the Winter Games in Beijing, but the diplomatic boycott is a response to human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Head for Collapse Unless Tehran Shifts, Europeans Say

In Vienna talks, the new hard-line Iranian government has staked out positions that are incompatible with the 2015 deal, European negotiators say.

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Blinken Trades Warnings With Russia’s Lavrov Over Ukraine, NATO

The secretary of state said that President Biden is ‘likely’ to speak soon with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

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Putin and West Spar Over NATO’s Military Ties to Ukraine

Tensions over Ukraine escalated as Russia’s leader demanded “legal guarantees” that the Western military alliance would not expand to the East, a position NATO regards as untenable.

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U.S. Removes Colombia’s FARC Rebel Group From Terrorist List

The move is a Biden administration effort to support the country’s fragile 2016 peace agreement.

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How Far Would Biden Go to Defend Ukraine Against Russia?

U.S. officials are vague about when and how they might punish new Russian aggression. President Vladimir V. Putin may doubt their resolve.

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China’s Influence Looms Over Blinken’s Africa Visit

On a stop in Nigeria, the secretary of state said the U.S. would no longer treat African countries as pawns in a global game. But American competition with Beijing was hard to overlook.

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Intractable African Crises Flare as Biden’s Top Diplomat Visits Kenya

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken hoped to ease the turmoil engulfing Sudan and Ethiopia in his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. Both worsened on his first full day.

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Russia Acknowledges Antisatellite Missile Test

The test forced astronauts on the International Space Station to briefly take shelter in re-entry capsules.

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Blinken Heads to Africa as U.S. Tries to Avert Ethiopia Disaster

The conflict between rebels and the country’s government has already featured numerous alleged atrocities, and experts say it threatens the stability of all of East Africa.

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How a Dispute Over Groceries Led to Artillery Strikes in Ukraine

In a sign of volatile East-West relations, a dispute over shopping in the Ukrainian conflict zone spiraled into fighting that sent war jitters rippling through Europe and the U.S.

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Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

The Gulf nation will also help process visas for thousands of people trying to flee the Taliban.

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Blinken Warns Russia Against Making a ‘Serious Mistake’ in Ukraine

Appearing with Ukraine’s foreign minister, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the intentions behind Moscow’s latest military buildup were unclear.

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U.S. Holocaust Museum Says China ‘May Be Committing Genocide’ Against Uyghurs

Its report found that the government’s attacks against the group of Muslims in Xinjiang had escalated and most likely included “forced sterilization, sexual violence, enslavement, torture, and forcible transfer.”

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Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

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France and the United States Seek an Elusive Reconciliation

The Biden administration is poised to offer the French some defense-related emollients after their falling out over a sabotaged submarine deal. But some damage may last.

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State Department Eases Restrictions for Diplomats Abroad

The State Department is easing some restrictions after employees said that their jobs overseas were harder than they needed to be.

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Blinken Cites ‘Democratic Reckoning’ in South America

Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned of an eroding trust in democracy in the Western Hemisphere and described challenges posed to open government by authoritarian leaders.

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Colombians Are Uniting Around Land Reform. Here’s Why.

Helping farmers is an idea that unites the country’s left and right.

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Biden Needs to Overhaul the U.S. Strategy Toward Latin America. This Is How.

A bold commitment to trade and investment could restore our soured relations with the region.

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U.S.-Venezuela Tensions Heat Up Again After Extradition of Maduro Ally

As Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to the region, the window of opportunity for a political resolution has slammed shut. At least for now.

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U.S. Regains Seat at U.N. Human Rights Council, 3 Years After Quitting

The Trump administration called the 47-nation council hypocritical and said it was vilifying Israel. The Biden administration says the U.S. can be more effective as a member.

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Cases of ‘Havana Syndrome’ Reported at U.S. Embassy in Colombia

The State Department is investigating new complaints of mysterious brain injuries before Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s visit to the country next week.

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At Mexico-U.S. Security Talks, Migration Question Is Largely Avoided

As diplomats from both countries began negotiating a new security agreement on Friday, the focus was on stopping criminal activity while the border crisis was conspicuously sidestepped.

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Biden Signs Bill to Compensate ‘Havana Syndrome’ Victims

The bill leaves it up to the heads of the C.I.A. and State Department to make their own determinations as to who is covered and how much compensation they receive.

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Blinken, in Paris, Tries to Restore Trust After Submarine Snub

The American secretary of state met privately with the French foreign minister for more than an hour. But French anger remained palpable, even as both sides tried to move on.

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Antony Blinken Has a Delicate Job in Paris After Submarine Row

The secretary of state’s close ties with France will be valuable in smoothing over the diplomatic spat last month over a U.S. submarine deal with Australia.

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Ted Cruz Is Blocking Biden Nominees

Dozens of nominations have been held up by a fight between the Texas senator and the Biden administration over a Russian gas pipeline project.

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Rebuking Biden, Iran’s Chief Diplomat Demands More Sanctions Relief

The foreign minister for Iran’s new hard-line government said it would demand a higher price for limiting its nuclear program than it did in the 2015 deal.

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In Biden’s Foreign Policy, Friends and Foes Claim Echoes of Trump

President Biden’s speech at the U.N. was a stark contrast to President Donald J. Trump’s. But it came amid complaints that some of Mr. Biden’s policy moves echoed his predecessor’s approach.

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How the U.S. Helped, and Hampered, the Escape of Afghan Journalists

The secretary of state cites a “massive effort” by the government, but people involved in the evacuation instead describe bureaucratic snags.

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The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

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Afghanistan Outcome Affirms a Warning: Beware the Blob

The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan exposed the shortcomings of views within the foreign policy establishment, also known as ‘The Blob.’

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Live: Blinken Is Grilled on Afghanistan in Congress

Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken is appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where lawmakers are asking questions about the withdrawal.

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Blinken’s Speech on Afghanistan: Full Transcript

Shortly after the last U.S. troops left Afghanistan, the secretary of state outlined a plan to use diplomacy to try to extract remaining Americans and Afghan allies.

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Transcript of Blinken’s Speech on ‘New Chapter’ in Afghanistan

Shortly after the last U.S. troops left Afghanistan, the secretary of state outlined a plan to use diplomacy to try to extract remaining Americans and Afghan allies.

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Blinken Says American Diplomats Have Left Kabul

The disintegration of U.S. diplomacy came as efforts continued to work toward peace, however tenuous, with a government that would share power with the Taliban.

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U.S. Conducts Drone Strike in Kabul and Winds Down Airlift as Deadline Nears

The strike eliminated what U.S. officials called an imminent terrorist threat. With the military evacuation of Afghans over, the United States and others say they will still get people out.

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U.S. Says 1,500 Americans in Afghanistan as Withdrawal Deadline Nears

The State Department is frantically trying to track down U.S. citizens. Tens of thousands of Afghan allies will all but certainly be left behind.

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How the U.S. Informed a Crisis in Afghanistan

President Biden promised an orderly withdrawal. That pledge, compounded by missed signals and miscalculations, proved impossible.

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