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France seeks European support after submarine deal surprise

Sep. 20, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France canceled meetings with British and Australian officials and is trying to rally EU allies behind its push for more European sovereignty after being humiliated by major Pacific defense pact orchestrated by the U.S. Australia and Britain insisted Monday...

Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban

Sep. 18, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Every night in yet another house in Afghanistan’s capital, a U.S. green card-holding couple from California take turns sleeping, with one always awake to watch over their three young children so they can flee if they hear the footsteps of the Taliban. They’ve moved...

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal

Sep. 17, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — America’s oldest ally, France, recalled its ambassador to the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger that dwarfed decades of previous rifts. The relationship conceived in 18th century revolutions appeared at a tipping point after the...

US threatens sanctions against officials in Tigray conflict

Sep. 17, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday threatened to impose sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict gripping the Tigray region, where 10 months of fighting have left hundreds of thousands of people facing famine. ...

Israeli FM to visit Bahrain in first after diplomatic accord

Sep. 17, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister said Friday that he will visit Bahrain later this month, the first such visit by an Israeli minister to the Gulf country following a diplomatic agreement reached last year. Yair Lapid announced the visit in a conference call...

Biden angers France, EU with new Australia, UK initiative

Sep. 17, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China is angering France and the European Union. They’re feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era. The security...

Biden angers France, EU with new Australia, UK initiative

Sep. 16, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China is angering France and the European Union. They’re feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era. The security...

Group: Egypt’s security tactics 'destroy' lives of activists

Sep. 16, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A global human rights group Thursday accused Egypt’s main domestic security agency of harassing and intimidating rights advocates and activists to silence them. The Amnesty International report was the latest rebuke to Egypt’s government, which faces...

Thousands protest against Bukele government in El Salvador

Sep. 15, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in El Salvador's capital Wednesday for the first mass march against President Nayib Bukele, who protesters say has concentrated too much power, weakened the independence of the courts and may seek re-election. ...