White House: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion
The White House says U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct “a false-flag operation” in eastern Ukraine.
Biden: "Severe consequences" for Putin if he attacks Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden says that he has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow will face a severe economic pain if it tries to attack Ukraine, but promised prospective talks to address Russia’s concerns about NATO’s expansion.
Biden Tells Putin Where to Shove His ‘Red Lines’
SPUTNIKPresident Joe Biden was “crystal clear” on the consequences Russia will face should Moscow decide to invade Ukraine, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing following a two-hour-long video call between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.“[Biden] told President Putin directly that if Russia further invades Ukraine, the United States and our European allies would respond with strong economic measures,” said Sullivan. “We would provide additional dnews.yahoo.com
U.K. ditches burning coal for power as part of sustainability
Coal made up nearly a third of planet-warming carbon emissions in 2018, and critics say countries need to cast it aside at a much faster rate. But in the U.K., where coal was once king, its use has been plummeting. From Northern England, Roxana Saberi shows us how it's being done.news.yahoo.com
US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuke talks
The United States and its closest partners are stepping up pressure on Iran to return to stalled nuclear negotiations, warning that it will face greater international isolation, new economic penalties and possibly military action if does not.
Taliban takeover prompts fears of a resurgent al-Qaida
The speedy Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has revived alarms about a resurgent al-Qaida and new terrorism threats against the U.S. The group's danger to the United States had been eclipsed in the past two decades by other threats, but experts are concerned that al-Qaida could again be given unfettered safe harbor by the Taliban.
White House admits failure of stalling evacuation in attempts to slow collapse of Afghan government
National security adviser Jake Sullivan admitted to reporters on Monday that despite warning signs about the looming Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the Biden administration decided not to start the evacuation process sooner in an effort to slow the collapse of the Afghan government.news.yahoo.com
Biden to address nation at 3:45pm after Taliban seize power in Afghanistan
President Biden will return to the White House from Camp David and deliver an address on the crisis in Afghanistan at 3:45pm ET on Monday, following the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban's declaration of victory.Why it matters: Biden has faced intense criticism for his silence as the Taliban captured Kabul and chaos erupted at the city's international airport, where the U.S. is attempting to evacuate thousands of Afghans who assisted the military during the 20-year war.Get marketnews.yahoo.com
Biden administration sounds alarm on rising energy prices
President Joe Biden's administration is raising alarms at home and abroad about rising energy prices slowing the nation's recovery from the pandemic-induced recession. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Wednesday called on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to move faster to restore global supply of petroleum to pre-pandemic levels, as the White House asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the domestic gasoline market for any anti-competitive behavior that could be increasing prices. The joint actions Wednesday come as the Biden administration is increasingly sensitive to rising prices across the economy as it faces both political and policy pressure from inflation.news.yahoo.com
Belarus opposition leader seeks new US sanctions on country
The main leader of Belarus’ embattled opposition on Tuesday sought and apparently won U.S. support for increasing pressure on the country’s authoritarian leader. In meetings with senior U.S. officials, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she asked the Biden administration for “active and non-symbolic” measures to be taken in response to a massive crackdown on Belarus dissidents by President Alexander Lukashenko’s government. In response, the White House said national security adviser Jake Sullivan pledged to hold the government accountable for its actions to quell massive protests against disputed elections last year, including through the imposition of new sanctions on the former Soviet republic.news.yahoo.com
Kim Yo Jong Revelling in Her Role as Biden’s Nemesis
GettyNorth Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong has a blunt message for U.S. officials looking for dialog with the North: Don’t get your hopes up.With a long record of attacking both the U.S. and South Korea on behalf of her brother, Kim Yo Jong warned the U.S. against even “greater disappointment” in response to U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s seeming optimism about prospects for renewed talks.Kim Yo Jong, who greeted President Joe Biden in March with the advicenews.yahoo.com
US will be able to keep embassy in Afghanistan after Turkey agrees to secure airport
Turkey will secure the Afghan capital's airport after American troops withdraw, in an agreement designed to help the US, Britain and others to keep their embassies open. Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, told Joe Biden that his nation would take a lead role to safeguard the air link out of an increasingly beleaguered Kabul. Contingency plans to continue the safety of the airport had become a priority for diplomats working out how to operate after US troops leave by September. Officials had sainews.yahoo.com
Covid-19 live updates U.S., allies on track to produce 1 billion vaccine doses for Indo-Pacific
The U.S. and its Quad allies had said they would help manufacture Novavax and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for primary use in Southeast Asia, which has seen a resurgence of covid infections.washingtonpost.com
National security adviser Sullivan says Biden invited Ukrainian president to visit the White House
During a press briefing on Monday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said President Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by phone earlier in the day. Sullivan said Biden told Zelensky that he looks forward to welcoming him to the White House this summer.news.yahoo.com