US vice president, top officials visit UAE to pay respects

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris led a high-powered American delegation to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to pay respects to the federation’s late ruler and meet with the newly ascended president. The trip marks the highest-level visit by Biden administration officials to oil-rich Abu Dhabi, a potent show … Read more

4 Air Force cadets may not graduate due to vaccine refusal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be commissioned as military officers this month because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine, and they may be required to pay back thousands of dollars in tuition costs, according to Air Force officials. It’s the only military academy, so far, where … Read more

US, Russian defense chiefs speak for 1st time since invasion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu spoke with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday after months of refusing direct contact with his American counterpart. But officials said the call did not appear to signal any change in Moscow’s war in Ukraine. A senior Defense Department official said Friday that while Austin … Read more

Fears over global dominant growth sentiment

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open lower on Wednesday as global markets remain mixed, with fears persisting over the global growth outlook. The UK’s FTSE index is seen opening 10 points lower at 7,374, Germany’s DAX 102 points lower at 13,664, France’s CAC 40 down 42 points at 6,374 and Italy’s FTSE MIB … Read more

Austin’s assertion that US wants to ‘weaken’ Russia underlines Biden strategy shift

Washington CNN — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has transformed into a grinding war of attrition with no longer meaningful peace deal in sight, the US and its allies have begun to convey a new, term goal for the war: to defeat Russia so decisively on the battlefield that it will be deterred from launching … Read more

Blinken and Austin sneak into Ukraine’s capital to meet with Zelenskyy

Near the Polish-Ukrainian border — After a secrecy-shrouded visit to Kyiv, US Secretary of State Blinked said Russia is failing in its war aims and “Ukraine is succeeding.” The trip by Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was the highest-level American visit to Ukraine’s capital since Russia invaded in late February. The top officials from … Read more

Blinken: Russia is failing in war aims, Ukraine ‘succeeding’

NEAR THE POLISH-UKRAINIAN BORDER (AP) — American Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday after a secrecy-shrouded visit to Kyiv that Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy is committed to winning his country’s fight against Russia and that the United States will help him achieve that goal. “He has the mindset that … Read more

Ukraine official: Zelenskyy meets top-level US delegation

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The US secretaries of state and defense met Sunday night with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the highest-level visit to the war-torn country’s capital by an American delegation since the start of Russia’s invasion. The meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed … Read more

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Kyiv meeting set with US officials

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president says he will meet Sunday in Kyiv with the U.S. secretary of state and secretary of defense. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of the plans Saturday during a press conference. He did not immediately share more detail about the visit from Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin. The White House declined to … Read more