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China Ukraine envoy urges governments to 'stop sending weapons to the battlefield,' negotiate peace

Jun. 02, 2023 07:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ukraine envoy called on other governments Friday to “stop sending weapons to the battlefield” and appealed for peace talks at a time when Washington and its European allies are ramping up supplies of missiles and tanks to Ukrainian forces trying to recapture...

Blinken says no Ukraine cease-fire without a peace deal that includes Russia's withdrawal

Jun. 02, 2023 06:58 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that there can be no cease-fire in the war in Ukraine unless it is part of a “just and lasting” peace deal that includes Russia’s military withdrawal. Blinken said that “a cease-fire that simply freezes...

Poland's president proposes urgent amendments to law on Russian influences

Jun. 02, 2023 06:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda unexpectedly said Friday that he was proposing urgent amendments to a contentious law on Russian influences that he signed this week and that drew U.S. and European Union criticism. Duda said he was aware of the controversies,...

White House wants to engage Russia on nuclear arms control in post-treaty world

Jun. 02, 2023 05:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ready to have talks with Russia without preconditions about a future nuclear arms control framework even as it is enacting countermeasures in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to suspend the last nuclear arms control treaty between the...

Top American, Chinese defense officials vie for influence in Asia-Pacific

Jun. 02, 2023 04:59 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — As the United States and China vie to establish new partnerships and expand influence with Asia-Pacific nations, the top defense officials from both countries are preparing to try to win support this weekend from their regional counterparts, diplomats and leaders at a security...

US retaliates for Russia's suspension of New START treaty by revoking visas of nuclear inspectors

Jun. 02, 2023 04:52 AM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Biden administration is retaliating for Russia’s suspension of the New START nuclear treaty, announcing Thursday it is revoking the visas of Russian nuclear inspectors, denying pending applications for new monitors and canceling standard clearances for Russian aircraft...

Restoration lags for Syria's famed Roman ruins at Palmyra and other war-battered historic sites

Jun. 02, 2023 02:14 AM EDT

PALMYRA, Syria (AP) — At the height of the Islamic State group's rampage across Syria, the world watched in horror as the militants blew up an iconic arch and temple in the country’s famed Roman ruins in Palmyra. Eight years later, IS has lost its hold but restoration work on the...

Zelenskyy pushes for Ukraine support at European leaders' summit in Moldova

Jun. 01, 2023 21:56 PM EDT

BULBOACA, Moldova (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's unrelenting quest for more political support and security backing from NATO got a warm welcome but no concrete commitments Thursday during a sprawling summit where nearly every European leader had assembled to condemn non-invitees...

Russian minister attends meeting of developing economies as bloc discusses adding Saudi Arabia, Iran

Jun. 01, 2023 17:13 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Thursday with China's deputy foreign minister and other top diplomats from the BRICS bloc of developing economies for discussions that included the group's possible expansion to include the major oil-producing nations of...

Russian bombardment of Ukrainian capital kills at least 3, including child

Jun. 01, 2023 15:07 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched a pre-dawn missile barrage at the Ukrainian capital Thursday, killing three people, including a 9-year-old and her mother, and damaging apartment buildings, schools and a children’s hospital, officials said. It was the highest toll from a single attack on...