Israel lobbied Biden admin not to lift ICC sanctions: Report

The US and Israel had previously condemned the Hague-based court for opening the door to a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged United States President Joe Biden not to lift sanctions imposed on International Criminal Court (ICC) officials by the administration of former President Donald Trump, according to a […]

What to watch as Biden admin ‘re-engages’ with UN

The United States Senate is set to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations this week, a major step in the administration’s drive to take a multilateral approach to foreign policy and mend Washington’s relationship with the international body. While the country has held an outsized role at the UN since […]

Biden admin ends Trump-era Houthi ‘terrorist’ designation

The administration of President Joe Biden has formally delisted Yemen’s Houthi movement as a “foreign terrorist organization” and “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”, undoing the last-minute move under former President Donald Trump that the United Nations and aid groups said threatened to further devastate the war-torn country. The move comes as the Biden administration continues to […]

11th hour: Trump admin eased sanctions on mining magnate Gertler

In its final week in office, the Trump administration issued Dan Gertler, accused of corruption in DR Congo, a licence to resume all transactions and activities otherwise prohibited by sanctions against him. In its final week in office, former United States President Donald Trump’s administration eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler that were […]

Biden says Trump admin not ‘begrudging so far’ in transition

President-elect Joe Biden, in his first interview since the election, has said the transition with the administration of President Donald Trump has begun in earnest, although he has not yet been contacted by his opponent. Biden, speaking to NBC News, said despite the “slow start”, the effort from the Trump administration has so far been […]