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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

Oct. 20, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia inched closer Tuesday to a deal to extend their last remaining arms control pact, after U.S. threats to allow the deal to expire early next year. The two sides signaled they are ready to accept compromises to salvage the New START treaty just two weeks ahead...

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a press conference after talks with European Union envoy for the negotiations Miroslav Lajcak in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The EU has mediated the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the two former wartime foes for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia mulls Russian Defense Ministry presence

Oct. 20, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is thinking of allowing a Russian Defense Ministry presence in the Balkan country, something that could further strain its relations with the West. Serbia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that “legal proceedings” have been launched that...

People walk opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK's Lords condemns Brexit bill as UK-EU talks stay stalled

Oct. 20, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff continued between the U.K. and the European Union over future trade relations. The House of Lords voted 395-169 to add words...

Emirati officials pay first Israel visit after forging ties

Oct. 20, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A delegation of senior Emirati officials visited Israel on Tuesday for the first time since the two countries agreed to normalize relations, where they signed a slew of bilateral agreements meant to solidify their new ties. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accompanied Emirati Finance...

This image taken with a slow shutter speed on Oct. 2, 2019, and provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 (Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong/U.S. Air Force via AP)

Pentagon estimates cost of new nuclear missiles at $95.8B

Oct. 19, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 arsenal that has operated continuously for 50 years, officials said Monday. The estimate is up about $10 billion from four years ago. The weapons,...

English flags and a Union flag fly above a souvenir stand opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK, EU inch toward more Brexit talks but hurdles remain

Oct. 19, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union edged toward resuming their troubled trade talks on Monday, after the bloc's chief negotiator said he was ready to “intensify” negotiations on the legal text of an agreement. Britain's chief Brexit minister hailed that as evidence of significant...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center left, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, visit the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga is on an official visit to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool)

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Oct. 19, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on Monday, Suga and...

Cars are parked to be exported at Yokohama port, near Tokyo on Sept. 29, 2020. The drop in Japanese exports diminished last month, according to government data released Monday, Oct. 10, 2020, underlining how the blunt of the trade damage from the coronavirus pandemic may be gradually easing.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan exports fall amid slow recovery from pandemic downturn

Oct. 19, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports fell at a slower pace in September in a sign that trade damage from the coronavirus pandemic is easing, according to Finance Ministry data released Monday. The report showed Japan’s exports in September declined 4.9%, better than the nearly 15% drop in August. The...

The newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar talks to his supporters after winning the Turkish Cypriots election in the Turkish occupied area in the north part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Ersin Tatar, a hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with rival Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff. (AP Photo/Nedim Enginsoy)

Hardliner wins Turkish Cypriot leadership election

Oct. 18, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who won a Turkish Cypriot leadership election said Sunday he's ready to resume dormant talks aimed at ending Cyprus' 46-year ethnic division, as long as rival Greek Cypriots come to grips with Turkey's regional might. Ersin Tatar, who favors fully aligning Turkish Cypriot...

The Union flag flies above a souvenir stand in front of Big Ben in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK minister: Door 'still ajar' for post-Brexit talks with EU

Oct. 18, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A senior British official said Sunday the door is “still ajar” for post-Brexit talks to continue with the European Union if officials in the bloc change their position on key points. Michael Gove's comments came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said Friday...