Author: Laura Kelly

Senate Democrats demand that US investigate shooting death of Palestinian-American journalist in West Bank

Two dozen Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Biden to get the U.S. “directly involved” in an investigation into last month’s shooting death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed while reporting on an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.  In a letter sent to the president, the senators…

Biden’s antisemitism envoy to travel to Saudi Arabia

The top U.S. official combatting antisemitism globally will travel to Saudi Arabia on her first international trip, the State Department announced Thursday. Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, the president’s special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, will also travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates beginning on June 26. “Saudi Arabia is a very important country…

Biden assessing how to help Afghanistan after earthquake

The White House on Wednesday said that President Biden is working to respond to a devastating earthquake in eastern Afghanistan by assessing how U.S. humanitarian assistance can address immediate needs. At least 1,000 people are believed to have been killed and nearly 1,000 injured after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Tuesday. Both…

In Georgia, fears of Russia aggression amplified by Ukraine war

NEAR THE GEORGIAN-SOUTH OSSETIAN BOUNDARY — The two Russian soldiers ducked to the ground on top of the steep Georgian hills in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia, hoping to elude monitors from the European Union watching their steps through binoculars just hundreds of yards away. Seconds before, the soldiers, rifles slung over their shoulders,…

Menendez, Graham propose overhaul of U.S. policy toward Taiwan

Senate lawmakers on Friday introduced bipartisan legislation to overhaul U.S. policy toward Taiwan, defining key American commitments to the democratic island’s defense against a Chinese military invasion. The legislation, called the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, was introduced by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The lawmakers said the proposed bill represents the…

GOP lawmaker: ‘I was excited’ to meet Saudi crown prince

President Biden’s decision to sit down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is fraught with controversy given the Saudi leader’s approval of the gruesome killing of a U.S.-based journalist, repression of political dissidents at home and a human rights record that has faced international criticism. But for three House Republican lawmakers who visited the…

White House confirms Biden to meet Saudi crown prince in Middle East

President Biden will visit Saudi Arabia in July on a trip that will include a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a senior administration official told reporters Monday night. The announcement that the president would meet Mohammed had been expected for weeks and has drawn scrutiny from human rights advocates and tacit approval…

Biden trip to Middle East expected in July

President Biden is looking to visit the Middle East in July, a spokesperson for the National Security Council told The Hill on Wednesday. The White House has yet to publicly announce the trip. The spokesperson said that the administration had considered adding the Middle East visit onto the president’s trip to Europe in June, but…

US sanctions Bosnian president, official for threatening peace accords

The Biden administration on Monday issued sanctions against the president of Bosnia and Herzegovina for undermining democratic and peace efforts in the Western Balkans. The U.S. said that Marinko Čavara, president of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has obstructed or threatened the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords — the nearly three-decade-old framework for…