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Biden looks to turn page on 20 years of war in UN address

Sep. 20, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden began his first visit to the U.N. General Assembly ready to make the case to world leaders that after closing the book on 20 years of war, the U.S. aims to rally allies and adversaries to work together on a slew of crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic,...

'Crisis of trust': France bristles at US submarine deal

Sep. 20, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s top diplomat declared Monday that there is a “crisis of trust” in the United States after a Pacific defense deal stung France and left Europe wondering about its longtime ally across the Atlantic. France canceled meetings with...

France, Australia agree submarine row won't stop trade deal

Sep. 20, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — French and Australian officials said Monday that France’s anger over a canceled submarine contract will not derail negotiations on an Australia-European Union free trade deal. France withdrew its ambassadors to the United States and...

UK says relations with France strong despite sub deal anger

Sep. 20, 2021 05:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that Britain's relationship with France is “ineradicable,” despite fury in Paris over a U.S.-U.K.-Australia submarine deal. A meeting between French Defense Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart,...

Australia says France knew of 'grave' submarine concerns

Sep. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — France would have known Australia had “deep and grave concerns” that a submarine fleet the French were building would not meet Australian needs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday after the contract's cancellation set off a diplomatic crisis. ...

French minister decries 'duplicity' in US-Australia sub deal

Sep. 18, 2021 22:45 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister on Saturday denounced what he called the “duplicity, disdain and lies” surrounding the sudden rupture of France's lucrative contract to make submarines for Australia in favor of a U.S. deal and declared that a crisis is at hand among the Western...

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...

France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in submarine deal backlash, French foreign minister says

Sep. 17, 2021 15:48 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in submarine deal backlash, French foreign minister says.

Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal

Sep. 17, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily...

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...