As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more

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Exclusive: US weighs possible resumption of offensive arms sales to Saudis

WASHINGTON / RIYADH, July 11 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is discussing the possible lifting of its ban on US sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, but any final decision is expected to hinge on whether Riyadh makes progress toward ending the war in neighboring. Yemen, according to four people familiar with the matter. … Read more

Mother of Abe killing suspect is Unification Church member, church says

TOKYO, July 11 (Reuters) – The mother of the man arrested for the killing of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is a member of the Unification Church, the head of its Japanese arm said on Monday. Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 41-year-old, has been identified by police as the suspect who approached Abe and opened … Read more

South Korea’s Yoon warns at NATO summit of threat to ‘universal values’

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks in a meeting with US President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, during a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, June 29, 2022. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register SEOUL, … Read more

Sweden, Finland on course to join NATO as Russia, China focus allies

Turkey wins security pledges from Finland, Sweden Russia to be called ‘main threat’ after Ukraine invasion ‘You will not win,’ Spain’s Sanchez tells Putin in speech NATO summit to agree more reinforcements for Baltics NATO to pay more attention to China’s military rise MADRID, June 29 (Reuters) – Sweden and Finland on Wednesday looked set … Read more

Turkey lifts veto on Finland, Sweden joining NATO, clearing path for expansion

Leaders of Turkey, Finland, Sweden held talks in Madrid Sweden, Finland, Turkey sign goodwill memorandum Invitation to join to be made during NATO summit Western strategic shift after Russian invasion of Ukraine MADRID / HELSINKI, June 28 (Reuters) – NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance … Read more