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Live updates | Putin calls on Ukraine to remove sea mines

May. 27, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Ukraine should remove sea mines from areas near its ports to allow safe shipping. Putin made the statement in Friday’s call with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, according to the Kremlin readout of the conversation. It said...

US levels new sanctions after North Korea missile launches

May. 27, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. targeted two Russian banks Friday as part of new sanctions over alleged support for North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions come after what the U.S. says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on...

'We don't have food': African leaders meet as crises grow

May. 27, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

DJIBO, Burkina Faso (AP) — African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups. Leaders called for...

'Relentless': Russia squeezes Ukrainian strongholds in east

May. 27, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia-backed separatists claimed they captured a railway hub city in eastern Ukraine as Moscow's forces pushed to gain more ground Friday by pounding another Ukrainian-held area where authorities say 1,500 people have died since the start of the war. ...

Al Jazeera says it will go to ICC over killing of journalist

May. 27, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Al Jazeera news network says it will submit a case file to the International Criminal Court on the killing of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead earlier this month during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank. The Qatar-based network and the...

G-7 pledges put coal on notice, could boost climate aid

May. 27, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Officials from the Group of Seven wealthy nations announced Friday that they will aim to largely end greenhouse gas emissions from their power sectors by 2035, making it highly unlikely that those countries will burn coal for electricity beyond that date. Ministers...

NATO: Turkey urges 'concrete steps' from Sweden, Finland

May. 27, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday that Sweden and Finland must now take “concrete steps” to alleviate his country’s security concerns to overcome Ankara’s objections to their NATO membership bid. Delegations from the two Nordic countries have returned...

China criticizes US as tensions rise in South Pacific

May. 27, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken focused on relations between the world’s top two economic powers, saying the U.S. was seeking to smear Beijing's reputation. In his Thursday address, Blinken said the administration of...

China's Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer

May. 27, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the U.S. and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of traditional American naval dominance. But China upped...

Iran lodges protest over ship seized in Greek waters

May. 27, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state media reported Friday that Tehran has demanded the release of a ship seized by Greek authorities in their waters allegedly under pressure by Washington last month. The foreign ministry summoned the Swiss envoy, who represents the United States in...