US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has said the United States will maintain its presence in Asia but Washington understands the need to prevent conflict.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he will travel to Qatar to meet with the country's leaders and thank them for their help with evacuees from Afghanistan, and later go to Germany for a ministerial meeting.
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken is billed to discuss Afghanistan turmoil, strengthening Indo-Pacific engagement, as well as New Delhi's recent human rights record, with Indian officials.
NATO and Kiev have warned Russia against building up troops near eastern Ukraine, prompting Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov to threaten Western countries with force if they send troops to join the fray.
A rare deep freeze in Texas raises demand for power and forces the US state's electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts, leaving nearly three million customers without electricity.
Meanwhile in Seattle, protesters clashed with Seattle police amid a wave of public anger over the Trump administration's planned "surge" of federal agents into major cities.
The first civil trial that could hold a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began in Oklahoma, a landmark case that could impact thousands of others like it. Johnson & Johnson and two other drug companies named in the lawsuit.
Tarrant County Republican Party vote 139-49 to reject the effort to purge surgeon Dr Shahid Shafi has worked for the party for about 10 years.
Seattle court halts online distribution of gun blueprints for 3-D printing, issuing an order to block a settlement the Trump administration had reached with the company which wanted to put the designs online.
A third explosion on Tuesday evening in Austin, however, was not a package bomb and officials said it did not appear to be related to the other incidents.
The storm has displaced more than 1 million people, with 46 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston.
The arrest came just hours after the University of Texas at Austin said it removed four statues tied to the Confederacy.
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