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Biden delivered straight talk on Taiwan - contradicting a deliberately ambiguous U.S. policy. Did he misspeak?
"Are you saying that the United States would come to Taiwan's defense if China attacked?" host Anderson Cooper interjected.
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We have a commitment," Biden quickly responded.
Putin Won't Go to Glasgow for Climate Conference
MOSCOW - President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia will not attend a United Nations climate summit later this month that is seen as pivotal to reducing emissions of planet-warming gasses, but he may deliver a speech by video link, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
Google warns of surge in activity by state-backed hackers
Google has warned of a surge in activity by government-backed hackers this year, including attacks from an Iranian group whose targets included a UK university.
Greece ratifies landmark intra-NATO defence pact with France
Athens hails security deal, saying it gives new substance' to defence of European interests in the Mediterranean.
Boris Johnson picks navy chief as head of British armed forces
Boris Johnson has selected the head of the navy for the first time in 20 years as the next chief of Britain's armed forces, a choice intended to reinforce the UK's post-Brexit switch in focus to the Indo-Pacific region.
Iran looking for big jump' in Russia relations with Moscow talks
Iran's new FM Amirabdollahian is in Moscow to hold talks with his Russian counterpart.
Taiwan and China: line that Biden must tread is finer than ever
A surge of Chinese aerial sorties over the sea separating mainland China and Taiwan has served as a reminder that the strait has the potential to be one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
Once again, Trump aide paints a picture of a White House wracked by chaos, infighting
Stephanie Grisham attends the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2019.
New Japan PM to call snap election on 31 October, say reports
Japan's new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, has decided to seek an early public mandate, amid reports that he is about to call an election for the end of the month, several weeks earlier than expected.
Analysis | A Poker World Series Vet Runs the Odds Against Covid
Today, in Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker recommences after a 16-month interruption.