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Norway says it will operate Kabul medical facility after troop withdrawal if security of personnel is assured

The Norwegian prime minister said the offer would not extend beyond the first quarter of 2022 as a new civilian hospital is established.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Amid strained U.S.-Turkey relations, Biden and Erdogan to meet on sidelines of NATO summit

Several key issues, such as Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defense system, appear intractable.
  • Jun 13, 2021

NATO allies seek clarity on maintaining secure facilities in Afghanistan following troop withdrawal

U.S. partners have concerns about protecting embassies, medical facilities and the international airport.
  • Jun 13, 2021

U.S., Iran make progress in indirect talks but as sixth round begins, final agreement still elusive

Iran wants guarantees that a future U.S. administration will not reverse any accord, and the United States wants follow-on talks on other issues, including Iran’s missile programs.
  • Jun 12, 2021

Blinken heads to Central America as relations with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala fray

The Biden administration wants to stem the flow of migrants from the three countries but leaders in the region are bristling at U.S. allegations of corruption.
  • May 27, 2021

Blinken heads to Middle East to support cease-fire, organize aid for Gaza

Challenges include overcoming donor fatigue and ensuring that aid to Gaza does not benefit Hamas, U.S. official says.
  • May 24, 2021

Israeli airstrikes kill 42 in Gaza as Biden, regional partners push for cease-fire

Predawn Israeli airstrikes buried several Palestinian families beneath mounds of rubble; rockets bombarded Tel Aviv and southern Israel; and Arab-Israeli civil unrest has expanded into the West Bank.
  • May 16, 2021

An Israeli warning, an airstrike and then outrage over hit on Gaza media building

The Committee to Project Journalists expressed concerns that Israel was "deliberately targeting media facilities in order to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza."
  • May 15, 2021

Samantha Power wants to restore U.S. prestige by getting American-made vaccines ‘into arms’ around the world

The new head of USAID argues that the United States can win a global soft-power contest with China by helping other countries in their “hour of greatest need.”
  • May 11, 2021

Fourth round of talks on reviving Iran nuclear deal to resume in Vienna

The U.S. and Iran are still in disagreement on what is required to comply with the accord.
  • May 6, 2021