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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What Comes After the 9/11 Era?

The battle to define the next American grand strategy.

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U.S. Citizens and Afghans Wait for Evacuation Flights From Country’s North

The Taliban have left hundreds of people stranded in Afghanistan awaiting approval for departure.

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Inside the Afghan Evacuation: Rogue Flights, Hope and Chaos

President Biden has insisted that the evacuation of Kabul was done as efficiently as possible. But key documents obtained by The New York Times suggest otherwise.

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China Tells Kerry Strained Ties Could Sink Climate Cooperation

John Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, is in China this week pushing leaders to aggressively cut greenhouse gases. But the worsening U.S.-China relationship is taking center stage.

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Ramstein Air Base Becomes Temporary Refuge for Afghans

About a fifth of all people evacuated from Kabul were brought to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where they await the next leg of their journey, to the United States.

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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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Military Ramps Up Evacuations From Kabul, but Bottlenecks Persist

The Pentagon has increased the number of flights, but questions remain about whether the military can sustain the pace as the deadline to end the operation draws near.

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Taliban Reject Extended Deadline as U.S. Races to Finish Evacuation

Tens of thousands are still hoping for rescue, with priority recently being given to Americans over Afghan allies, according to a U.S. official and those involved in the effort.

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Women in Afghanistan Wait for US Protection, as Promised

Afghan women who worked with the U.S. or international groups are frantically erasing any trace of those links for fear that they will be targeted by the Taliban.

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Body Parts Found in Landing Gear of Flight From Kabul, Officials Say

Harrowing video of the chaos, recorded by Afghan media, have circulated around the world. The Air Force said the incident is under investigation.

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$5,800 Whiskey Bottle, a Gift From Japan to Pompeo, Is Missing, U.S. Says

The State Department is investigating what happened to it.

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In Stinging Rebuke, China Tells U.S. Diplomat That Its Rise Can’t Be Stopped

Beijing accused Washington of a “thinly veiled attempt to contain and suppress China,” in remarks released before talks with a visiting U.S. diplomat had ended.

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Do You Need to Renew Your Passport? Good Luck.

An appointment to renew or obtain a passport is an elusive proposition these days, as those who let their documents lapse during the pandemic are finding out.

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Behind Biden’s Pledge to Share 80 Million Vaccine Doses

A shipment to Pakistan was part of a new phase of the administration’s pandemic response: a round-the-clock effort to clear regulatory and logistical hurdles to share doses with countries in need.

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Congress Rushes to Help Afghans Seeking Visas for Helping U.S.

With President Biden planning to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is rushing to bring Afghans facing retribution to the United States.

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Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

The decision brings to 11 the number who have been approved to be sent elsewhere, but the Biden administration has yet to name a point person to negotiate transfers with other governments.

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Samantha Power Still Believes America Can Help Save the World

Can the new head of U.S. foreign aid make America good again?

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U.S. Lifts Some Sanctions on Iranians Before Nuclear Talks

The move was unrelated to negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal, a State Department spokesman said. The United States also imposed new sanctions on other Iranians.

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As U.S. Withdraws, Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Behind

A program to bring people employed by the American military to the United States is backlogged, with thousands of applicants denied.

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Ilhan Omar Again Sets Off a Fight Among Democrats

Ms. Omar appeared to equate American and Israeli “atrocities” with those of Hamas and the Taliban, prompting outrage from Jewish House Democrats.

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C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.

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Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Agency

Microsoft reported that it had detected the intrusion and that the same hackers behind the earlier SolarWinds attack were responsible.

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U.S. Says It Will Not Rejoin Open Skies Treaty With Russia

The 30-year-old agreement was put in place to ensure that Russia and the United States could monitor each other’s military movements.

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With Tokyo Olympics Weeks Away, U.S. Warns Americans Not to Travel to Japan

The move’s effects are likely to be minimal, as Japan’s borders are largely shut because of the pandemic and American athletes are expected to participate in the Games regardless.

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Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

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Kremlin Escalates Fight With U.S.-Funded Journalists, Officials Say

The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.

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Publicly Supportive, Biden Is Said to Sharpen His Tone With Netanyahu in Private

Mr. Biden has spoken publicly about how he once sent Mr. Netanyahu a photograph with the inscription, “Bibi, I don’t agree with a damn thing you say, but I love you.”

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State Dept. Ends Citizenship Policy in Win for Same-Sex Families

The previous policy, which predated the Trump administration, required a child born abroad to have a biological connection to the American parent.

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Iran’s Oil Exports Rise as U.S. Looks to Rejoin Nuclear Accord

The effectiveness of U.S. sanctions is being called into question as Iran and its oil buyers test whether penalties are worth the risk amid diplomatic negotiations.

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They Live in the U.S., but They’re Not Allowed to Come Home

Thousands of immigrants who live in the United States on temporary visas and traveled to India in recent weeks have been stranded there under the Biden administration’s travel ban.

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White House to Investigate Brain Injuries Within C.I.A.

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

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Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

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Violence in Israel Challenges Biden’s ‘Stand Back’ Approach

The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.

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For Biden, Ukraine Is a ‘Déjà Vu’ Problem That’s Hard to Fix

American officials have been delivering the same message to Kyiv for more than seven years, but little has changed — or is likely to, analysts say.

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Nuclear Talks With Iran Could Reach Agreement Within Weeks, U.S. Says

Significant hurdles remain. But it was an optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers could be within reach.

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U.S. Could Return to Iran Nuclear Deal in Weeks, Official Says

It was the most optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers was within reach.

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‘Are You Like This Doggy?’ U.S. Embassy Asked Chinese Students. It Backfired.

In a social media post about visa applications, the consular section in Beijing posed a question that some critics called racist.

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Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problems

Consular appointments for U.S. citizens overseas are nearly impossible to come by as many embassies, plagued by Covid restrictions and staff reductions, remain all but closed.

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Blinken Will Visit Ukraine in Show of Support Against Russia

The secretary of state will first meet with British officials and other American allies in London.

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Dubai’s Ruler Is Entangled in a Kentucky Derby Controversy

Essential Quality could win the Kentucky Derby. Activists concerned about Sheikha Latifa, the owner’s daughter, don’t think the horse should run at all.

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Biden’s Climate Summit Won’t Save the World

There is only one way for the Biden administration to make good on its emissions commitments.

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Chevron Lobbies to Head Off New Sanctions on Myanmar

The oil company is arguing against efforts to restrict its involvement in a gas operation in Myanmar that provides funding for the junta there.

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Mike Pompeo Had State Department Employees Do Personal Tasks, Report Says

A State Department inspector general’s report found that Mr. Pompeo had deployed government employees to perform personal tasks.

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U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

The Biden administration is close to completing a review of Trump-era weapons sales to the two Gulf Arab states. Democrats in Congress oppose the deals.

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Once a Backer of Military Force, Biden Nominee Now Embraces Soft Power

If confirmed to oversee the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power will confront adversaries by bolstering democracy and human rights. China is an early focus.

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In New Holocaust Survivor Testimony, Hate Speech Is a Dangerous Seed

A new campaign called #ItStartedWithWords features short videos from Holocaust survivors on the origins of World War II and offers a timely message amid an outbreak of anti-Asian hate.

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Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China

As China grows stronger and bolder, some experts want to end Washington’s decades-long policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

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Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians

The move will once again make the United States a leading donor to the United Nations agency that assists about 5.7 million Palestinians in the Middle East.

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