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US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and...

EXPLAINER: What’s behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup...

Ukraine seeks stronger Western backing amid Russian buildup

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top diplomat asked Thursday for stronger Western backing, saying “words of support aren't enough” amid escalating tensions in the...

France asks citizens to leave Pakistan amid violent protests

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all of its nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country after...

Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a...

Ousted Myanmar ambassador appeals for UK government help

LONDON (AP) — The ousted Myanmar ambassador to Britain has appealed to the British government to help him as he faced eviction from his...

Months after hack, US poised to announce sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is preparing to announce sanctions in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies,...

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the "forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept....

Greece, Libya to discuss delineating maritime boundaries

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Libya are to discuss delineating maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean, the Greek prime minister's office said Wednesday after...

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank —...

Pakistan forces try to clear sit-ins by protesting Islamists

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces swinging batons and firing teargas moved before dawn Wednesday to clear sit-ins by protesting Islamists in the...

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on...

Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border...

Swiss program plots post-COVID future for science, diplomacy

GENEVA (AP) — With COVID-19, space exploration and climate change high on many minds, a so-called “do tank” in Geneva, bankrolled by Switzerland's government,...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S....

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S....

Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban spokesman said Monday the religious militia won’t attend a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey,...

EXPLAINER: Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the...

Blinken heads to Brussels for talks on Afghanistan, Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Brussels for talks with European and NATO allies about Afghanistan, Ukraine and other...

Jordanian prince makes first public appearance since arrest

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Prince Hamzah on Sunday made his first public appearance since he was placed under house arrest last week, reciting...

Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at...

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

LONDON (AP) — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during...

Myanmar junta limits internet, seizes satellite TV dishes

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An information blackout under Myanmar's military junta worsened Thursday as fiber broadband service, the last legal way for ordinary people...

Turkey rejects claims of sexist snub towards von der Leyen

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday strongly rejected accusations that it snubbed Ursula von der Leyen — one of the European Union’s most...

Inside secret Syria talks aimed at freeing American hostages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last summer, two U.S. officials ventured into hostile territory for a secret high-stakes meeting with American adversaries. ...

Northern Ireland leaders seek calm after violence escalates

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Authorities in Northern Ireland sought to restore calm Thursday after Protestant and Catholic youths in Belfast hurled bricks, fireworks...

AP Sources: El Salvador president snubs visiting Biden envoy

MIAMI (AP) — El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele refused to meet with a visiting senior U.S. diplomat this week over what he sees as...

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing...

Top US envoy Blinken urges Kosovo resume talks with Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, has told Kosovo that the normalization of talks with Serbia is essential in...

Myanmar ambassador to UK says he is locked out of embassy

LONDON (AP) — Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, who has criticized the military coup in his country, says he has been locked out...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals...

Jordan king doubles down on sedition claims against brother

BEIRUT (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II addressed the unprecedented public rift within the royal family for the first time Wednesday, portraying it as...

EXPLAINER: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and some options

The U.S. State Department says it's talking with allies about China's human rights record and how to handle next year's Beijing Winter Olympics. ...

The Latest: N Korea says it still has no coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea continues to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World...

US boosts aid to Palestinians as some in Congress cry foul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving again to increase U.S. assistance to the Palestinians as it fires up a new Mideast policy...

Turkey summons China’s ambassador over Twitter posts

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned China’s ambassador after the embassy suggested on Twitter that it could take action against two Turkish politicians who...

Myanmar’s online pop-up markets raise funds for protest

BANGKOK (AP) — With security forces in Myanmar having shot dead at least 570 protesters and bystanders in the past two months, many of...

North Korea says it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea became the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears, a decision...

The Latest: Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after receiving his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine....

Minorities in Myanmar borderlands face fresh fear since coup

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Before each rainy season Lu Lu Aung and other farmers living in a camp for internally displaced people in Myanmar's...

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for 2nd season

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A controversial Iranian TV spy thriller is once again generating buzz in the Islamic Republic, drawing the ire...

Biden lifts Trump sanctions on international court officials

President Joe Biden on Friday lifted sanctions that Donald Trump had imposed on two top officials of the International Criminal Court, undoing one of...

‘First step:’ US, Iran to begin indirect nuclear-limit talks

The United States and Iran said Friday they will begin indirect negotiations with intermediaries next week to try to get both countries back into...

Italy: Officer held for spying says he had no sensitive info

ROME (AP) — An Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents to Russia says he didn’t have access to any information that would...

Myanmar cuts wireless internet service amid coup protests

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, local providers said, as protesters...

Myanmar still mired in violence 2 months after military coup

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar on Thursday marked two months since the military seized power by again defying the threat of lethal...

Russian FM says relations with West have ‘hit the bottom’

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Thursday that the country's relations with the United States and its allies have “hit the bottom” and...

Imprisoned Palestinian leader’s entry shakes up planned vote

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A popular Palestinian leader imprisoned by Israel has registered his own parliamentary list in May elections, his supporters said...

Junta’s foes woo ethnic allies with new Myanmar constitution

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Opponents of Myanmar’s military government declared the country’s 2008 constitution void and put forward an interim replacement charter late Wednesday...

UN envoy: Myanmar faces possibility of major civil war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Wednesday that the country faces the possibility of civil war “at an unprecedented...

Biden administration quietly ramping up aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is quietly ramping up assistance to the Palestinians after former President Donald Trump cut off nearly all aid....

Italy orders 2 Russian Embassy officials expelled for spying

ROME (AP) — Italy ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled Wednesday and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the...

US orders some diplomats to leave Myanmar as unrest grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential U.S. diplomats and their families to leave Myanmar, as a deadly government crackdown on...

Myanmar junta deepens violence with new air attacks in east

MAE SAM LAEP, Thailand (AP) — The military launched more airstrikes Tuesday in eastern Myanmar after earlier attacks forced thousands of ethnic Karen to...

Embattled Central African Republic president begins 2nd term

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — President Faustin Archange Touadera was sworn in for a second term Tuesday in Central African Republic as he...

Blinken ends Trump rights plan promoting conservative agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp rebuke to Trump-era policies, Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday formally scrapped a blueprint championed by his...

US eyes additional UN action on N. Korea after missile tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it's looking at “additional actions” that the United Nations might take to respond to North Korea’s...

WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

GENEVA (AP) — A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans...

Myanmar forces kill scores in deadliest day since coup

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and...

Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is including rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first...

Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is including rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first...

UN renews mandate of North Korea experts, asks missile probe

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday to renew the mandate of U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North...

VP to focus on border diplomacy; no immediate plans to visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris won’t be on the ground at the Southwest border anytime soon as she leads efforts to address...

China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a...

China sanctions Britons over West’s Xinjiang criticism

LONDON (AP) — China slapped sanctions on several British politicians and organizations Friday after the U.K. joined the European Union and others in sanctioning...

Sticky bombs latest weapon in Afghanistan’s arsenal of war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Sticky bombs slapped onto cars trapped in Kabul’s chaotic traffic are the newest weapons terrorizing Afghans in the increasingly lawless...

Australian envoy reportedly describes China as ‘vindictive’

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s ambassador to Beijing has reportedly described China as a “vindictive” and “unreliable” trading partner as Australian officials revealed steep...

US gives $15 million to Palestinians to deal with COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Thursday it is giving $15 million to vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza...

Biden not ruling out chance US stays longer in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday did not rule out the possibility of U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan through the end of...

UN warns of `alarming’ crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian official warned Thursday of an ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s conflict-torn Tigray region, pointing to targeted civilian killings,...

EU offers Turkey aid, trade help despite rights concerns

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday offered new incentives to Turkey to improve cooperation on migration and trade despite democratic backsliding in...

EU top diplomats in Libya to support interim authorities

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of France, Italy and Germany met with Libyan officials Thursday to show support for the country's newly elected...

Myanmar junta uses force on streets; US, UK target finances

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar's junta used violence again Thursday to try to suppress protests against the military's takeover, the United States and...

EXPLAINER: What N Korean missile tests mean for US relations

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New U.S. president, same old North Korean playbook. Almost. ...

Philippines deploys more patrol ships amid rift with China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military has ordered more navy ships to be deployed for “sovereignty patrols” in the South China Sea, where...

Israel appears mired in deadlock as votes are tallied

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday appeared to be barreling toward another political stalemate after what was shaping up to be its fourth inconclusive...

US, Turkey remain divided over purchase of Russia’s S-400s

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Top U.S. and Turkish diplomats failed on Wednesday to overcome sharp differences over Turkey’s purchase of an advanced Russian air...

No clear winner in Israeli election, signaling more deadlock

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli parliamentary elections on Tuesday resulted in a virtual deadlock for a fourth time in the past two years, exit polls...

China summons foreign diplomats in protest over sanctions

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday said it summoned foreign diplomats in protest after the United States, the European Union, Canada and Britain jointly...

Far-right party set to gain new influence after Israeli vote

JERUSALEM (AP) — An alliance of far-right groups including openly racist and homophobic candidates appears poised to enter Israel's parliament, possibly as an indispensable...

Xi, Kim share messages reaffirming China-N. Korea alliance

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of China and North Korea are reaffirming their traditional alliance following contentious talks between top diplomats from...

China-Europe sanctions fight shatters image of amicable ties

BEIJING (AP) — China looked to Europe as an amicable partner as the continent's leaders resisted being drawn into President Donald Trump’s conflicts with...

Rivals seeking to gain as Biden mulls approach to Syrian war

The Biden administration is mulling over America’s role in Syria’s ongoing conflict as the U.S. tries to break away from Middle East wars, but...

Saudi Arabia offers cease-fire plan to Yemen rebels

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Monday offered a cease-fire proposal to Yemen's Houthi rebels that includes reopening their country's main...

US officials to hold talks in Mexico on migration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico announced Monday that several top U.S. advisers on border and immigration issues will meet with Mexican officials on Tuesday...

EU, US, UK, Canada target China officials over Uyghur abuses

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, Britain, Canada and the United States on Monday launched coordinated sanctions against officials in China over human rights...

Bulgaria to expel 2 Russian diplomats accused of espionage

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian diplomats accused by Bulgarian prosecutors of espionage will be expelled from the country, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry announced Monday. ...

2nd Canadian goes on trial in China on spying charges

BEIJING (AP) — A second Canadian citizen held for more than two years on spying charges in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a...

In Kabul, Pentagon chief speaks of ‘responsible end’ to war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, on his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, said Sunday that the Biden administration...

Philippine defense chief asks Chinese flotilla to leave reef

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief on Sunday demanded more than 200 Chinese vessels he said were manned by militias leave a...

N. Korean diplomats leaving Malaysia after ties are severed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korean diplomats vacated their embassy in Malaysia and were expelled Sunday, after the two nations cut diplomatic relations...

US ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as President Joe Biden tries to assert America's place...

Afghan president appoints 2 ministers, angers ruling partner

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made two key Cabinet changes, a move condemned on Saturday as “unacceptable” by his powerful...

After N. Korea cuts ties, Malaysia orders its diplomats out

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia on Friday ordered all North Korean diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours, an escalation of a...

Canadian tried in China on spy charges, no verdict announced

DANDONG, China (AP) — China on Friday put on trial one of two Canadians held for more than two years in apparent retaliation for...

US moves to reengage Europe in person after Trump snubs

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top diplomat is heading to Europe next week as the Biden administration moves to restore closer U.S. ties with European...

Taliban expect US withdrawal, vow to restore Islamic rule

MOSCOW (AP) — The Taliban warned Washington on Friday against defying a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from...

US, China spar in first face-to-face meeting under Biden

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials offered sharply different views of each other and the world on Thursday as the two...

Burns confirmed as CIA director as US faces diverse threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without opposition, the Senate confirmed veteran diplomat William Burns as CIA director on Thursday, giving him control of the nation's premier...

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