• FILE: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/AFP.

    Blinken heads to Qatar on Afghan crisis mission

    Qatar, a major US military base, has been the gateway for 55,000 people airlifted out of Afghanistan, nearly half the total evacuated by US-led forces after the Taliban's stunningly swift victory amid a US withdrawal.

  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R) welcomes Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah for the Second Berlin Conference on peace in Libya at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin on 23 June 2021. Picture: Michael Sohn/POOL/AFP

    World powers in new push for Libya peace

    The efforts to end a decade-long spiral of violence in Libya are the second round held in Berlin, after the first attended by the presidents of Turkey, Russia and France in January 2020, before the pandemic.

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem, on 25 May 2021. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/AFP

    Blinken arrives in Egypt on mission to shore up Gaza truce

    The US top diplomat already met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to throw Washington's support behind the Friday truce that ended 11 days of heavy Israeli bombing of Gaza and rocket fire from the enclave into Israel.

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about climate change, at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland, on 19 April 2021. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP

    Blinken urges 'need to end rocket attacks' in call with Abbas

    "I spoke with President Abbas about the ongoing situation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza," the US top diplomat posted on Twitter. "I expressed condolences for the loss of life. I emphasised the need to end rocket attacks and deescalate tensions."

  • FILE: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP.

    Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers resume in-person talks

    Many of the G7 nations have rallied to India's aid as the world's most populous democracy confronts a terrifying surge of coronavirus cases, although the pandemic is ebbing elsewhere in the West thanks to mass vaccination drives.