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WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan planned to hold a flag-lowering ceremony on Friday in Kabul with NATO allies but the event was cancelled at the last moment amid questions over what the ceremony was meant to signify, according to three U.S. Defense officials. The flag-lowering ceremony at the Kabul headquarters for NATO’s “Resolute Support” mission, which trains and advises Afghan security forces, was called off only hours before it was due to begin, the Defense officials said. The ceremony likely would be held at another date, two Defense officials said, and would only include officers and officials already working at the headquarters due to concerns over Covid-19. U.S. troops already have handed over several bases and airfields to Afghan security forces and C-17 cargo planes are continuously flying out equipment. The Defense Department “continues to pursue, analyze and refine the best options available and will announce corresponding decisions and implementation plans as they become available and appropriate,” Lodewick said.
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Kaine and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., the country's first openly gay U.S. senator, led the introduction of the resolution. “Throughout our history, far too many people serving our nation have lived in fear of retribution or persecution because of their sexual orientation,” Kaine said in a statement. “It’s time to acknowledge the harm caused to these Americans, their families, and our country by depriving them of the right to serve as federal civil servants, diplomats, or in the Armed Services. At that time, then-President Bill Clinton issued an executive order that prohibited the government from denying security clearance based solely on sexual orientation. Diplomacy Center and a board to review difficulties facing LGBTQ diplomats and their families, among other actions, though the bill never passed.
Persons: Sen, Tim Kaine, Kaine, Tammy Baldwin, ” Kaine, , Dwight D, Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Baldwin, , Ben Cardin, Bob Menendez Organizations: Armed Services, LGBT, American Psychiatric Association, State Department, Department of State, National Security Agency, CIA, Pride, Democratic, Bob Menendez of New, LOVE, U.S . Diplomacy, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: D, U.S, Virginia, United States, America, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bob Menendez of, Bob Menendez of New Jersey
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his country to prepare for "both dialogue and confrontation" with the United States, state media reported Friday — but more for confrontation. At a ruling party meeting Thursday, Kim gave a "detailed analysis" of Biden's North Korea policy, the state-controlled KCNA news agency reported. Kim's comments also come days before a visit to South Korea by Sung Kim, the top U.S. official on North Korea. Like previous administrations, it says it is aiming for "the complete denuclearization" of North Korea. Whereas Trump said he "fell in love" with Kim, Biden has called him "a murderous dictator" and "a thug."
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Two sources with direct knowledge of the tender told Reuters that the project reached a stalemate due to security concerns raised within the island nations over HMN Tech's bid. "The Chinese government has always encouraged Chinese companies to engage in foreign investment and cooperation according to market principles, international regulations and local laws." The three island nations involved in the project were represented on the bid assessment committee. The project was designed to connect to the HANTRU-1 undersea cable, a line primarily used by the U.S. government that connects to Guam. Nauru, which has strong ties to Australia and is a Pacific ally to Taiwan, initially raised concerns over the bid lodged by the Chinese company.
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The probe - one of the biggest into refugee program fraud in recent history - is fueling reservations among some in Joe Biden's administration as they debate whether to create a similar program to assist Afghan refugees as American troops withdraw after 20 years of war, U.S. officials told Reuters. The reports show the investigation is more far-reaching and serious than U.S. officials have disclosed since announcing in January a 90-day freeze of the Iraqi "Direct Access" refugee program. The program aimed to speed resettlement in the United States of Iraqis endangered by working for the U.S. government. The State Department reports, the unsealed indictment and court documents do not categorically state the alleged scheme's purpose. More than 47,570 Iraqis have been resettled in the United States through the program, according to one State Department document.
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SEOUL, June 18 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged preparation for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, particularly the latter, state news agency KCNA said on Friday, in his first direct comment on U.S. President Joe Biden's administration. Kim laid out "appropriate strategic and tactical counteraction" to deal with Washington in a detailed analysis of its North Korea policy at Thursday's plenary meeting of his ruling Workers' Party's central committee, KCNA said. Kim's remarks came two days before the newly appointed U.S. envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, is set to arrive in South Korea on his first visit since taking up the role last month. "Given reports of North Korea's food and COVID-19 situation, one presumes that Kim is also happy to avoid a near-term confrontation." In their first summit in May, Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in injected fresh urgency into efforts to bring the North back to denuclearisation negotiations.
Persons: Kim Jong Un, KCNA, Joe Biden's, Kim, Kim's, Sung Kim, Biden, Vipin Narang, Yang Moo, Yang, Moon Jae, Zhao Lijian, Sangmi Cha, Chris Reese Organizations: Washington, Workers, South Korean, State Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Central Committee of, Workers ' Party of, Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, University of North Korean Studies, South, Thomson Locations: SEOUL, United States, North Korea, South Korea, Seoul, Pyongyang, U.S, Workers ' Party of Korea, Washington, Korea, China, denuclearisation, Beijing
"Crimes against humanity will be committed, and they'll be broadcast live for the world to see," said the co-founder of "No One Left Behind," an organization that helps get special visas for interpreters from Iraq and Afghanistan. "Their blood is going to be on our hands if we don't take care of them now, we have to do this, it's a 'never again' moment in the making," Zeller told CNBC on Friday. President Biden has set a Sept. 11 deadline to remove all troops from Afghanistan. That puts an 85-day clock on getting interpreters out of the country safely, Zeller said. Zeller told host Shepard Smith that the U.S. military's mission in Afghanistan would not have been possible without interpreters.
Persons: Matthew Zeller's, , Zeller, Joe Biden, they're, Biden, CNBC's, Shepard Smith, We've Organizations: CNBC, State Department Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, U.S, Vietnam, firefights
Judge under U.S. sanctions set to take over Iran presidency
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Parisa Hafezi | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
"I urge everyone with any political view to vote," judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi, the front-runner in the contest, said after casting his ballot. BOYCOTT1/12 Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gestures after casting his vote during presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran June 18, 2021. "Our Iran policy is designed to advance U.S. interests, regardless of who is in power," said the spokesperson on condition of anonymity. Iran has never acknowledged the mass executions, and Raisi has never publicly addressed allegations about his role. Raisi's main rival is the moderate former central bank governor Abdolnaser Hemmati, who says a win for any hardliner will mean more sanctions.
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President Joe Biden walked out of his summit with Putin on Wednesday with few of the "deliverables" — concrete outcomes — that diplomatic negotiators obsess over. But Biden did deliver a succinct message to his Russian counterpart: Stop messing with the U.S. and international norms. "The bottom line is I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules," Biden said at a news conference in Geneva. "I hope that President Biden was firm about that." In effect, Biden was drawing a line around them and warning Putin that he would be accountable if Russians — the government or independent entities — abrogated that line.
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Veering from democracy, Nicaragua defies U.S. rebukes
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Diego Oré | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Central American leaders such as Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele are already rejecting U.S. criticism of their record on democracy and human rights. Nicaragua was also uncowed by the U.S. sanctions last week on four members of the ruling clique. FAMILY RIVALRYOrtega first took power in Nicaragua after the 1979 overthrow of U.S.-backed right-wing dictator Anastasio Somoza by the Sandinista rebels. The backlash prompted the United States to blacklist top Nicaraguan officials, including Murillo. Washington should coordinate an international response to show Nicaragua that it would lose international financing if the candidates were not released, he said.
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U.S. blacklists Guatemalan lawmaker for corruption
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday banned Guatemalan lawmaker Boris España Cáceres and his immediate family from entering the U.S. due to "his involvement in significant corruption," the State Department said. The sanctions stem from alleged bribery and "interfering with public processes" in ways that undermined the stability of Guatemala's democratic government, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. In addition, Biden issued a memorandum earlier this month that called on agencies to take steps to combat corruption worldwide. The visa sanctions announced on Thursday come after the State Department released a report in May naming officials from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who were "credibly alleged" to be corrupt. read moreThe list, released by the office of U.S. Representative Norma Torres, prompted El Salvador President Nayib Bukele to praise China, and El Salvador's congress to ratify a 2019 cooperation agreement with that country.
Persons: Boris España Cáceres, Ned Price, Joe Biden, Biden, Norma Torres, Nayib Bukele, Susan Heavey, Tim Ahmann, Chris Reese Organizations: State Department, State, U.S, El Salvador, Thomson Locations: United States, Central America, U.S, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, China, El
A US Marine stands guard in front of the US embassy December 21, 2001 in Kabul, Afghanistan. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Embassy in Kabul was placed on lockdown on Thursday as Covid cases surge in Afghanistan, pushing the nation's fragile health care system to its limits. 95% of our cases are individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated," the Embassy wrote in a statement. People who don't follow the policies could face removal from the post "on the next available flight," the Embassy added. On Tuesday, the Pentagon said it surpassed the midpoint in its herculean task of withdrawing troops and equipment out of Afghanistan.
Persons: WASHINGTON –, Mark Milley Organizations: Embassy, International Federation of Red, Red Crescent Societies, Lawmakers, Capitol, Army, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senate Armed, Committee, U.S, NATO, State Department, Pentagon, . Central Command Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON – The U.S, U.S, The U.S
Live Covid Live Updates: Outbreak Forces Lockdown at U.S. Embassy in Kabul as Virus Surges Across Afghanistan Japan will relax its state of emergency as its latest outbreak recedes and vaccinations slowly pick up. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that most of the state’s coronavirus restrictions would be lifted earlier than planned. As of Thursday, the state’s coronavirus tracker showed that only 61 percent of residents had received at least one shot. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:35 - 0:00 transcript Tokyo Relaxes Coronavirus Restrictions Ahead of Olympics Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that Japan would ease emergency coronavirus restrictions before next month’s Olympic Games. Credit Credit... Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty ImagesAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyThe U.S. will spend $3 billion on developing antiviral pills to treat Covid-19.
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Joe Biden is meeting Russia's Vladimir Putin for a summit in Geneva on Wednesday. Biden and his team have taken steps to avoid traps Putin likes to set to gain advantage. President Joe Biden is holding his first summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin Wednesday — and has taken careful steps to avoid the traps the Russian leader likes to set. Putin kept Donald Trump waiting for 1 hour ahead of their summit in Helsinki in 2018, and President Barack Obama was made to wait for 40 minutes before meeting Putin in 2012. Whereas Biden would likely take time to consult Blinken and national security officials about what to say about the outcome of the summit, Putin goes through no such consultation process.
Persons: Joe Biden, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Biden, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Glen Johnson, John Kerry, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Pope, Michael McFaul, State Anthony Blinken, Sergey Lavrov, Trump, McFaul, Johnson, Russia's Organizations: Wednesday, Biden's, Grange, State, Russian, NBC, State Department, NPR, Trump Locations: Geneva, Russia, Axios, Helsinki, Villa, Russian, Syria, Iran
U.S. envoy for N.Korea to visit S.Korea for three-way meet -Kyodo
  + stars: | 2021-06-16 | by ( ) + 0.98   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstSEOUL, June 16 (Reuters) - The newly appointed U.S. envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, will make his first visit to neighbouring South Korea this week for a possible three-way meeting with counterparts from Seoul and Tokyo, the Kyodo news agency said on Wednesday. The visit, from Saturday to June 24, comes after President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held their first summit in May, injecting fresh urgency into efforts to engage the North in talks on its nuclear weapons. read moreKyodo said arrangements were being made for the visit during which the officials of the three nations would discuss the future direction of the Biden administration’s attempts to open dialogue with North Korea in pursuit of denuclearisation. Takehiro Funakoshi, director-general of the Japanese foreign ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, will participate, as will Noh Kyu-duk, the South Korean foreign ministry's special representative for Korean peninsula peace and security affairs. read moreReporting by Sangmi Cha in Seoul and Elaine Lies in Tokyo; Editing by Clarence FernandezOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Sung Kim, Joe Biden, Kim, Moon Jae, Jonathan Ernst SEOUL, Biden, Takehiro Funakoshi, Noh Kyu, Barack Obama, Donald Trump's, Kim Jong Un, Sangmi Cha, Elaine Lies, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: State Department, South, White, REUTERS, Kyodo, Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Thomson Locations: U.S, North Korea, Washington , U.S, South Korea, Seoul, Tokyo, Korea, South Korean, Korean, American
A record year for RaineIn Raine's investment-banking business, Jeff Sine was one of the top dealmakers in America in 2020. After facing off as rival media bankers for years, Joe Ravitch and Jeff Sine banded together to found The Raine Group. For Sine, Masa could hardly have been a better client to have throughout Raine's 12-year run. Masayoshi Son and Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's founder, were both clients of Jeff Sine and also collaborated on deals around the turn of the century. Moelis assured McDermott he was assembling a murderer's row, with Jeff Sine as Exhibit A.
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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will expand the number of Central American children eligible to apply for asylum in the U.S. while still in their home countries. The program, known as the Central American Minors Program, began in 2014, during the Obama administration, to allow children whose parents were legally in the U.S. to apply for admission, but the Trump administration stopped it. The Biden administration had been accepting applications only from children with cases that were pending when the program closed. The Biden administration had embraced the Central American Minors Program as a solution to the record number of unaccompanied children crossing the border, claiming it would encourage children to apply from home rather than make the dangerous journey north. "We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, as well as providing a legal alternative to irregular migration," the State Department spokesperson said.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Obama, Trump Organizations: Central, Central American, State Department, National Immigration Forum, Central America Locations: U.S, United States, Central
He was arrested alongside co-founder and producer Hanthar Nyein, a Myanmar national, as security forces raided their offices in early March. On Monday, Nathan Maung's lawyer Tin Zar Oo said charges against her client were dropped after the police chief withdrew the case. I think Nathan Maung got released because of a good cooperation between the embassy and the lawyers," she said. Though the charges against Nathan Maung were dropped, Hanthar Nyein remains in prison charged with spreading misinformation. Tin Zar Oo said Nathan Maung is "happy" to be released but it is bittersweet because his colleague Hanthar Nyein remains in prison.
Persons: Nathan Maung, , Hanthar Nyein, Danny Fenster, Fenster, Nathan Maung's, Tin Zar Oo, Zar, Nyein, Zar Oo, Gen, Min Aung, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, U Organizations: CNN Business, Kamayut Media, US State Department, US Embassy, State Department, Association for Political, ASEAN, Aung San Suu, Peace, U Win Locations: Myanmar, United States, Yangon, American, Washington, DC, Naypyidaw
Fiona Hill told the Financial Times that Russia "declared war quite a long time ago in the information sphere." After recent hacks and cyber attacks linked to Russia, cybersecurity is poised to be a major topic. Hill said Russia is ruthless in its pursuit of intelligence and indifferent to any damage inflicted in the process. "The Russians take great pride in their novel ways of getting at you ... in many respects it's a continuation of the Cold War," Hill said. The FBI attributed two recent cyber attacks — one that shut down a major US oil pipeline and another that disrupted production for the world's largest meat supplier — to Russia-linked ransomware gangs.
Persons: Fiona Hill, Biden's, cybersecurity, Joe Biden's, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, They've, Hill, Putin, Donald Trump's, Biden, there's, Heather Conley, George W, Bush, Conley Organizations: Financial Times, Putin, Kremlin, Financial, House, Internet Research Agency, US, Intelligence, The State Department, FBI, Analysts, State Department Locations: Russia, Geneva, Hill, United States, COVID
Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Eric Schmitt | Charlie Savage | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
“Al Shabab has had more freedom to maneuver,” Maj. Gen. Dagvin R.M. Anderson, who commands American Special Operations forces in Africa, said in an interview. But some analysts expressed pessimism about what could be accomplished there, citing Somalia’s deep-seated political, economic and security problems. Under the Trump-era rules, the United States carried out 52 drone strikes in Somalia in 2020 and 63 the year before, almost all against Al Shabab with a handful of attacks against the Islamic State in Somalia. When the Biden administration imposed the new limits on such strikes, it initially envisioned devising a new set of rules for drone strikes as part of a 60-day review of counterterrorism policy.
Persons: “ Al Shabab, Maj, Dagvin R.M, Anderson, General Anderson, Al Shabab, Al, Al Shabab’s, , Tricia Bacon, Trump, Biden Organizations: Operations, Al, Al Shabab “, American University, State Department, Trump, Islamic Locations: Africa, Al Qaeda, Somalia, United States, U.S, Al, Washington, Islamic State, Afghanistan
Afghans who worked for the United States during America's longest war fear the insurgency will target them and their families, retribution for helping foreign forces. It also plans a five-fold increase in the number of staff in the State Department working on the visas in Washington, a senior administration official told Reuters. The plan is to process at least 1,000-1,400 visa applications for Afghans who worked for the United States, not including their families, every month. The administration supports legislation in Congress that would allow Afghans to do a medical check upon arriving in the United States, instead of in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reassured Congress last week of his commitment to Afghans who worked with the United States, but also suggested any threats to their safety might not be immediate.
Persons: Charlie, Jim Hollander, Biden, aren't, Angus King, Joe Biden's, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Patrick Leahy, Leahy, Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Marine Expeditionary, U.S . Marine Corps, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S, Joe Biden's Democratic Party, NATO, America's, . Citizenship, Immigration Services, State Department, Reuters, Department of Homeland Security, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Maine, United States, Kabul, Washington, U.S, Congress, Vietnam, Saigon
Biden Names Ambassadors for Mexico and Israel
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Annie Karni | Madeleine Ngo | ) + 0.00   time to read: +43 min
Ken Salazar, who served as interior secretary in the Obama administration, was nominated by President Biden to be ambassador to Mexico. Credit... David Zalubowski/Associated Press President Biden on Tuesday announced his long-awaited first slate of ambassadors, including his nominees for key posts in Mexico and Israel, as he made his first trip abroad since taking office. Mr. Sullenberger was one of nine ambassador nominees Mr. Biden announced on Tuesday. Mr. Biden is also likely to raise the issue of the detention of Aleksei A. Navalny, the ailing opposition leader. Aides to Mr. Biden say he and Mr. Putin will spend a good amount of time debating “strategic stability,” shorthand for containing nuclear escalation.
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Nicaragua stages unprecedented roundup of opposition leaders
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Associated Press | ) + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaraguan police have arrested another opposition politician, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend. On Sunday, police also arrested prominent ex-Sandinista dissidents Dora María Téllez and Hugo Torres and, another opposition leader, Ana Margarita Vijil. Ortega has already arrested four potential opposition candidates who might have challenged his bid for a fourth consecutive term. Ortega initially led Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990 following the Sandinista revolution that ousted Somoza. Torres said Ortega has now instituted a more suffocating dictatorship than Somoza, who faced opposition from the within the church, intellectual circles and universities.
Persons: Daniel Ortega’s, Victor Hugo Tinoco, Suyen Barahona, Dora María Téllez, Hugo Torres, Ana Margarita Vijil, Tamara Dávila, Unamos, Ortega, “ It’s, , ” Tellez, Anastasio Somoza, Tellez, , Torres, ” Torres, Torres ’, Félix Maradiaga, Sebastián Chamorro, Cristiana Chamorro, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Arturo Cruz Sequeira, Somoza, outdone Somoza, Julie Chung, U.S . State Department’s Organizations: Nicaragua — Nicaraguan, Sunday, Sandinista, Associated Press, Police, Nicaragua’s National Police, White National Unity, Civic Alliance, Roman Catholic, U.S, U.S . State, Western Hemisphere, Twitter, NBC, Facebook Locations: MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Sandinista, U.S, United States, U.S .
Here is the full transcript of the NBC News interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in Moscow on June 11, 2021. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Well, I don't know. VLADIMIR PUTIN: —it conduc— it conducts—KEIR SIMMONS: Russia is—VLADIMIR PUTIN: It conducts exercises in that battlefield. KEIR SIMMONS: I don't— I don't— I don't think I heard you answer the question, the direct question— Mr. President. I don't think that anybody in the Syrian government is interested in stealing some part of this humanitarian assistance.
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But in March of this year, on another trip home, Mr. Ryder, who holds an O-1 extraordinary ability visa, got stuck in Denmark. “It was a direct result of tightening the travel-ban criteria,” Mr. Ryder said in an interview. Citizens of those countries for the most part aren’t being granted work visas even if they are vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19. In countries that aren’t banned, monthslong backlogs at consulates make it difficult for foreign workers to get visas. “People are fighting over each other’s employees.”The Biden administration allowed a Trump-era ban on work visas to expire March 31.
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