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Biden: No Private Meeting With Saudi Crown Prince

Reuters reports: President Joe Biden said on Friday he was not going to have a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman during a trip next month and that he was only seeing the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader “international meeting.” Biden’s plan for talks with the crown prince, known as MBS, were part …

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Biden To Nominate New US Ambassador To Ukraine

Axios reports: President Biden announced on Monday that he intends to nominate Bridget Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The U.S. has not had an ambassador to Ukraine since former President Trump removed Marie Yovanovitch from the position in 2019. The White House’s announcement follows Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr …

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Russia Expels Senior US Diplomat Amid Shelling Claims

The Washington Post reports: Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists accused each other Thursday of violating a cease-fire in the eastern part of the country, a potential flash point in what Western officials say are Russian preparations for a possible attack by growing forces massed near Ukraine’s borders. In Moscow, the Russian government ordered the expulsion of the U.S. Embassy’s second-ranking diplomat, …

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“External Energy Source” May Cause Havana Syndrome

The Washington Post reports: An external energy source may explain disorienting and sometimes debilitating symptoms suffered by U.S. government personnel, a panel of experts has found, reaching a conclusion that, while not definitive, suggests that a foreign power could have mounted attacks on U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and military personnel serving overseas. The findings by the expert panel, which was …

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Biden Nominates Jane Hartley As Ambassador To UK

The Hill reports: President Biden will nominate Jane Hartley to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the president announced on Wednesday. Hartley was the ambassador to France and Monaco during the Obama administration and the White House said in a statement that she strengthened the U.S. relationship with France while focusing on counterterrorism cooperation. The prestigious …

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Israeli Spyware Used To Eavesdrop On US Diplomats

The Washington Post reports: Apple alerted 11 U.S. diplomats that their iPhones had been hacked in recent months by spyware from NSO Group, an Israeli-based company that helps government clients in dozens of countries secretly steal files, eavesdrop on conversations and track the movements of its targets, according to people familiar with the notifications. The news, first reported by Reuters …

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Turkey Walks Back Threat To Expel Western Diplomats

The New York Times reports: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey stepped back on Monday from a threat to expel 10 Western ambassadors, averting a diplomatic storm that analysts and diplomats were warning would bring economic disaster upon Turkey and a lasting rupture in the NATO alliance. In what seemed to be a calculated move, the 10 embassies involved issued …

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Turkey Set To Expel US And Other Western Diplomats

The Hill reports: Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Saturday that he had called on his foreign minister to banish 10 ambassadors from Western countries, including the United States, after they called for the “urgent release” of a Turkish philanthropist. “I gave the necessary order to our foreign minister and said what must be done: These 10 ambassadors must be …

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Furs Gifted By Saudis To Trump Turn Out To Be Fake

The New York Times reports: The Saudi royal family showered Donald J. Trump and his entourage on his first trip abroad as president with dozens of presents, including three robes made with white tiger and cheetah fur, and a dagger with a handle that appeared to be ivory. Little that followed went right. A White House lawyer determined that possession …

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France Recalls US Ambassador Over Submarine Deal

CNN reports: The French government has immediately recalled its ambassador to the US for consultation in response to the recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia. Philippe Étienne, the French ambassador to the US, confirmed the news when reached for comment. In a statement, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, said …

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Putin Calls Summit With Biden “Quite Constructive”

The Washington Post reports: Following his summit with President Biden in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the talks “quite constructive” and said he and Biden agreed to return their ambassadors to their respective posts in Washington and Moscow. Speaking at a news conference, Putin also said he and Biden had reached an agreement to start negotiations on cybersecurity. “There …

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Biden Calls To Congratulate New Israeli Prime Minister

The Jerusalem Post reports: US President Joe Biden congratulated Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on forming a government with Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid on a phone call Sunday night after it was sworn in earlier that evening, and expressed his wishes to further strengthen ties between the two countries. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali …

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POLL: Majority Trust Biden On Foreign Negotiations

ABC News reports: In the midst of his first foreign trip since taking office, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds a majority of the American public has a great deal or good amount of trust in President Joe Biden to negotiate on the country’s behalf with other world leaders. That level of trust — 52% — roughly tracks the president’s …

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First Lady Wears “Love” Jacket To Meet British PM

The Associated Press reports: The first lady wore a black jacket with the word “love” outlined on the back in silver beading as she and the president met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Thursday. She wore the same jacket more than two years ago to kick off Biden’s presidential campaign. “We’re bringing love from America,” she …

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Biden To Visit UK And Belgium In First Overseas Trip

Axios reports: President Biden will travel to the U.K. on June 11-13 for the G7 summit, followed by a trip to Brussels on June 14 for the NATO summit, the White House announced Friday. Why it matters: Biden’s first overseas trip — which has been delayed due to the pandemic — will be used to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to …

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Russia Recalls Ambassador Over Comments By Biden

NBC News reports: Russia has recalled its ambassador to the United States after President Joe Biden made comments criticizing Russian leader Vladimir Putin that were “very bad” and without precedent, the Kremlin said Thursday. “I won’t be wordy in reaction to this,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “I will only say that these are very bad statements by the …

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Biden Tells European Allies: “America Is Back” [VIDEO]

NPR reports: President Biden on Friday gave his first speech since taking office aimed at an international audience. Making the case for his plans to turn the page on former President Donald Trump’s “America First” ethos, Biden declared: “America is back” to the virtual crowd at the Munich Security Conference — a who’s who of global national security officials. “The …

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Biden Has First Phone Call With Israel’s Netanyahu

Reuters reports: U.S. President Joe Biden made a long-awaited first phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday after a delay that had seen Washington deny it was snubbing Israel’s leader. There had been speculation that the Democratic president was signaling displeasure over Netanyahu’s close ties with former President Donald Trump, who called the right-wing leader two days …

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“Intense Jockeying” Underway For Ambassadorships

The Washington Post reports: It is a sweepstakes that comes along every four or eight years — intense jockeying in public and private as the well-heeled and well-connected seek coveted positions that come with lavish housing, a staff of chefs and an expectation that the U.S. envoy will put the digs to use for parties. With its mix of famous …

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Biden Speaks With Chinese President On Human Rights

Reuters reports: U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first telephone call as leaders, with Biden saying a free and open Indo-Pacific was a priority and Xi warning confrontation would be a ‘disaster’ for both nations. Biden also underscored his “fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair practices, its crackdown in Hong Kong, reported human …

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