Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, shake hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in Amman, Jordan, Oct. 13, 2023.

The Palestinian political system needs to be rebuilt on ‘national consensus,’ says political activist

The Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank is, which is the larger of the two Palestinian territories, is backed by the international community and the US. But the PA has lost much of its sway in Gaza. To explore where the PA and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fit into the larger picture, The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Nour Odeh, a Palestinian political activist, researcher and author based in Ramallah.

The Palestinian political system needs to be rebuilt on ‘national consensus,’ says political activist
three diplomats shake hands in front of an embassy building

‘Open lines of communication’ are crucial to improving relations with Beijing, Amb Nicholas Burns says

‘Open lines of communication’ are crucial to improving relations with Beijing, Amb Nicholas Burns says
US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet smiles ahead of a meeting in Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. 

America’s top priority is to help Ukraine ‘defend itself’ as a sovereign nation, Blinken adviser says

America’s top priority is to help Ukraine ‘defend itself’ as a sovereign nation, Blinken adviser says
Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen speaks during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

US senators demand full White House investigation into shooting of Palestinian American journalist

US senators demand full White House investigation into shooting of Palestinian American journalist
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New US ambassador to Kenya arrives ahead of Tuesday's election

New US ambassador to Kenya arrives ahead of Tuesday's election
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is shown on a TV hanging on the wall in the distance with several people wearing face masks stand in the nearground.

Blinken pushes back against lawmakers' criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal.

Top of The World: The US’ top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, defended the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. And, Pope Francis has begun a four-day visit to Slovakia after a seven-hour stop in Hungary. Also, nearly 45% of young people interviewed in a global survey say they feel anxiety or distress about climate change

Blinken pushes back against lawmakers' criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is shown looking to his right while walking and wearing a dark face mask with a solider stands in the distance.

US top diplomats visit Persian Gulf to reassure allies

Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are in Qatar for talks aimed at reassuring Gulf allies that the Biden administration is not abandoning its partners in the Middle East by withdrawing from Afghanistan. And, the pre-trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is set to resume at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Also, El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender.

US top diplomats visit Persian Gulf to reassure allies
A group of military personel are shown carrying a flag-drapped coffin and walking toward US President Joe Biden and other cabinet officials.

US military flies out evacuees in waning hours of withdrawal

The steady stream of US military jets taking off and landing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan's capital continued Monday even after rocket fire targeted the airport and rockets hit a nearby neighborhood.

US military flies out evacuees in waning hours of withdrawal
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is shown wearing traditional white robes while standing next to and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wearing a suit.

China holds high-level talks with the Taliban

Top of The World: China Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on Wednesday with high-level Taliban officials. And, a vital roadway and lifeline that supplies humanitarian aid to the war-torn Tigray region in northern Ethiopia is blocked. Also, one of the world’s largest container ships that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March — causing global supply chain havoc — has reached the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands

China holds high-level talks with the Taliban
Several people are shown in a street throwing items at a tank and other armored vehicles.

Riots in Lebanon as West calls for quick Cabinet formation

Tension intensified in Lebanon on Friday, with riots leaving more than two dozen people injured in the northern city of Tripoli, including five soldiers who were attacked with a hand grenade.

Riots in Lebanon as West calls for quick Cabinet formation
Hands hold a round white cloth circle with George Floyd's face in the middle that reads, "Justice 4 all stolen lives"

Report: UN rights chief Bachelet calls for states to ‘stop denying and start dismantling racism’

A report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, sparked by George Floyd’s death, shows that police brutality against Black people around the world has been allowed to continue with impunity.

Report: UN rights chief Bachelet calls for states to ‘stop denying and start dismantling racism’
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi at a podium with an Egyptian flag behind him

Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions

Egypt has been the second-largest recipient of US military aid since the Camp David Accords in 1978.

Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken are show sitting in opposite armchairs with two wooden side tables between them.

Blinken continues diplomatic mission in the Middle East

Top of The World: Sec. Blinken announced plans to reopen a diplomatic office in Jerusalem that oversees outreach to the Palestinians. And, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko is defending his decision to divert a passenger jet. Also, Syrians living in government-held areas are heading to the polls on Wednesday, for the second presidential election since the uprising-turned-war started in the country 10 years ago.

Blinken continues diplomatic mission in the Middle East
Several people are shown wearing protective face masks and standing behind a red string with several folded paper airplanes attached.

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over Protasevich arrest

Top of The World: The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus, in response to the forced diversion of a commercial flight to detain activist and opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. And, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the Middle East following a deadly 11-day war between Israel and Hamas and vowed to aid Gaza. Also, Tuesday marks one year since the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over Protasevich arrest
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is shown wearing a blue suit and tie with a US flag pin while looking down.

Blinken off to Mideast to push peace talks after Gaza truce

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to the Middle East to press the Israelis, Palestinians and regional players to build on last week's Gaza cease-fire by laying the groundwork for an eventual resumption in long-stalled peace talks.

Blinken off to Mideast to push peace talks after Gaza truce