US aims to counter China by opening Solomon Islands embassy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The US says it will open an embassy in the Solomon Islands, laying out in unusually blunt terms a plan to increase its influence in the South Pacific nation before China becomes “strongly embedded.” The reasoning was explained in a State Department notification to Congress that was obtained by The … Read more

Five things to know as US warns Russia could invade Ukraine ‘any day now’

Biden administration officials on Friday sounded the alarm that a Russian military invasion of Ukraine was an immediate threat, warning that it could happen before the Winter Olympics end on Feb. 20. Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – More blue states let mask mandates expire The possibility … Read more

Biden tells US citizens to leave Ukraine amid tensions with Russia

Service members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces drive a military vehicle during military exercises in Kharkiv region, Ukraine February 10, 2022. Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy | Reuters President Joe Biden has issued a warning that US citizens should leave Ukraine immediately as tensions with Russia over its military activity continue to intensify. “American citizens should leaveā€¦ Leave … Read more