• FILE: US President Joe Biden speaks during remarks on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, DC on 15 March 2021. Picture: Eric Baradat/AFP

    Biden unmoved on Afghan exit as Taliban sweep provinces

    For Biden, who long championed ending America's longest-ever war, there is a cold calculation, nothing more could be achieved and the United States long ago accomplished its stated goal of defeating Al-Qaeda in the region following the September 11, 2001 attacks, though the Taliban have yet to cut their ties with the group.

  • US President Joe Biden speaks about lives lost to COVID-19 after death toll passed 500,000, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, DC, 22 February 2021. Picture: AFP

    Biden announces end of US combat operations in Iraq

    Eighteen years after the US invaded Iraq to remove strongman Saddam Hussein, and seven years after a US-led coalition battled Islamic State extremists who threatened the country, Washington turned its focus to other types of assistance.

  • US President Joe Biden. Picture: AFP.

    'Boring' but 'important': Biden hits six-month mark at White House

    On Tuesday, when the 78-year-old Biden brought his cabinet together to mark six months in office, he reiterated some of the key themes of his presidency, which he has been hammering home since January. He said the United States was in a "defining competition" with countries such as China that "believe autocracy is the future."

  • FILE: Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Picture: AFP

    US efforts 'to destroy Cuba' have failed: President Diaz-Canel

    "The United States has failed in its efforts to destroy Cuba, despite spending billions of dollars to do so," the Communist leader tweeted, five days after historic anti-government protests saw one death, dozens of injuries and more than 100 arrests.