As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more

South Korea’s Yoon warns at NATO summit of threat to ‘universal values’

South Korea‚Äôs President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks at a meeting with US President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, during a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, June 29, 2022. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, … Read more

Crypto crash threatens North Korea’s stolen funds as it ramps up weapons tests

SEOUL, June 29 (Reuters) – The nosedive in cryptocurrency markets has wiped out millions of dollars in stolen funds by North Korean hackers, four digital investigators say, threatening a key source of funding for the sanctions-stricken country and its weapons programs. North Korea has poured resources into stealing cryptocurrencies in recent years, making it a … Read more

China becoming more ‘coercive and aggressive’ – US defense chief

SINGAPORE, June 11 (Reuters) – The United States will do its part to manage tensions with China and prevent conflict even though Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in the Asian region, including near Taiwan, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday. Relations between China and the United States have been tense in recent months, … Read more

US and China likely to trade blows at Asian security meeting

SINGAPORE, June 9 (Reuters) – The United States and China are expected to use Asia’s top security meeting this week to trade blows over everything from Taiwan’s sovereignty to the war in Ukraine, although both sides have indicated a willingness to discuss managing differences. The Shangri-La Dialogue, which attracts top-level military officials, diplomats and weapons … Read more