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Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Apr 15, 2021
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a wary public on President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from the country and end America's longest war.

EXPLAINER: What's behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

Apr 15, 2021
Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup near its border with the region.

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

Apr 15, 2021
The Biden administration on Thursday announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the cyber hacking of federal agencies.

A retiring Castro to bring younger face to Cuba's communists

Apr 15, 2021
This week's Communist Party congress could be the last with a Castro at the helm of Cuba's all-powerful political institution.

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Apr 15, 2021
A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region.

India's biggest cities shut down as new virus cases hit 200K

Apr 15, 2021
India's two largest cities imposed stringent restrictions on movement and one planned to use hotels and banquet halls to treat coronavirus patients as new infections in the country shot past 200,000 Thursday amid a devastating surge that is straining a fragile health system.

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand's virus stumbles

Apr 15, 2021
When Thailand's transport minister was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache.

Homeless Americans finally getting a chance at COVID-19 shot

Apr 15, 2021
Homeless Americans who have been left off priority lists for coronavirus vaccinations — or even bumped aside as states shifted eligibility to older age groups — are finally getting their shots as vaccine supplies increase.

Analysis: Biden takes a risk pulling troops from Afghanistan

Apr 15, 2021
At its start, America’s war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United States. Now it's about over.

Europe scrambles as J&J vaccine delay deals another blow

Apr 14, 2021
European countries diverged Wednesday on whether they would push ahead with giving their residents Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of very rare blood clots in a handful of recipients in the United States.