Alarming number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S.
There is an alarming number of children being hospitalized with COVID-19. Among children under 5 years old, who are not eligible for the vaccine, four in 100,000 are currently in the hospital, a pandemic record, according to the CDC. Janet Shamlian reports from the ICU at Texas Children's Hospital, where cases of children with COVID are soaring.news.yahoo.com
Prospects dim as US, Russia prepare to meet over Ukraine
With the fate of Ukraine and potentially broader post-Cold War European stability at stake, the United States and Russia are holding critical strategic talks that could shape the future of not only their relationship but the relationship between the U.S. and its NATO allies.
Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine
Russia’s decision to send paratroopers into Kazakhstan, where a crackdown on violent anti-government protests has left dozens dead, injects additional uncertainty into upcoming talks over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The question is whether the unrest in Kazakhstan has changed the calculations of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he weighs his options in Ukraine. The instability in Kazakhstan may even add new urgency to Putin's desire to shore up Russia's power in the region.news.yahoo.com
NATO weighs Russia's security offer to end Ukraine standoff
NATO foreign ministers on Friday discussed Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine amid skepticism about the credibility of President Vladimir Putin’s offer to ease tensions, ahead of a week of high-level diplomacy aimed at ending the standoff. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts held online talks to prepare for the first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in more than two years. It’s all part of a flurry of meetings involving NATO, senior U.S. and Russian officials and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe set for next week.news.yahoo.com
US, Germany support Lithuania in spat with China over Taiwan
The United States and Germany are backing Lithuania in its spat with China, saying the pressure exerted by Beijing against the tiny Baltic nation is unwarranted, Lithuania broke with diplomatic custom last year by letting the Taiwanese office in Vilnius bear the name Taiwan, instead of Chinese Taipei.
After he asked Biden to help his own state of Kentucky, Rand Paul lashed out at critics who brought up his history of opposing disaster relief bills
Paul voted against relief for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2013 and in 2017 voted against relief after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.news.yahoo.com
Blinken competes with top Russian official in Indonesia
Fresh from delivering a stern new warning to Russia over Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Indonesia on Monday to find a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin already in Jakarta for security talks. Just a day after joining his Group of Seven foreign minister colleagues in issuing the blunt demand for Russia to step back from a military escalation near the Ukrainian border, Blinken began a 48-hour visit to Indonesia with his plane parking in the shadow of that of Putin’s national security adviser Nikolay Patrushev.news.yahoo.com
US issues sanctions, visa bans to mark Human Rights Day
The U.S. issued financial sanctions and visa bans on former and current government officials and entities in nine countries Friday — including China, Myanmar and Russia — as part of coordinated actions with Canada and the U.K. to coincide with International Human Rights Day.
Kremlin says Ukraine may use force to reclaim rebel regions
The Kremlin voiced concern Thursday about what it described as belligerent rhetoric of the Ukrainian leadership, saying it raises concerns about a possible escalation of fighting in a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian and Western officials have worried about a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, fearing it could herald an invasion. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that “the Ukrainian authorities' aggressive and increasingly intensive provocative action on the line of contact” gives grounds for concerns about a possible flare-up of hostilities.news.yahoo.com
Rally against anti-Asian hate in London devolves into brawl as Hong Kong and Chinese protestors clash
A group of Hong Kongers clashed with Chinese protesters who were holding a rally against racism over the weekend in London. The Chinese side: Human rights group Min Quan Legal Centre and several organizations were conducting a rally against anti-Asian hatein London’s Chinatown on Saturday when a group of Hong Kong immigrants arrived and held a counter-rally against them, reported The Standard. Groups that participated in the protest included the Monitoring Group, the Federation of UK Fujian Chinese and the London Chinatown Chinese Association.news.yahoo.com
In Africa, Blinken sees limits of US influence abroad
Traveling across Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saw firsthand the limits of America’s influence abroad. Blinken confronted authoritarianism, growing threats from newly energized extremists, and persistent challenges posed by COVID-19 and climate change, all of which have stubbornly resisted various U.S. interventions. Before leaving the continent at his last stop in Senegal, Blinken said he had been well received by all three leaders he met.news.yahoo.com
Blinken warns of global "democratic recession" as he visits Africa amid simmering crises in Ethiopia and Sudan
3-nation visit is part of a long-delayed mission aimed, at part, in answering China's outreach to the continent, but it comes amid war in Ethiopia and a military takeover in Sudan.cbsnews.com
U.S. and Europe eye "rather worrying" Russian military maneuvers near Ukraine, and now in Belarus
Moscow insists it's "no threat to anyone," but amid a troop buildup along Ukraine's border and snap paratrooper drills with Belarus, Washington and Europe are warning Moscow against any "serious mistake."cbsnews.com
Blinken raised concerns about Taiwan with China
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as part of the Group of 20 summit on Sunday — an outreach designed to ensure that the intensely competitive relationship between the world's two largest economies doesn't veer into open conflicts. Senior State Department officials described the conversations as candid, constructive and productive, saying that Blinken was clear about U.S. concerns during the roughly hourlong meeting. One of the U.S. goals is to maintain an open line of communication with China and set a virtual meeting later this year between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.news.yahoo.com