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US says nuclear talks with Iran at 'decisive moment'

Jan. 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that talks with Iran over its nuclear program are at a “decisive moment,” and warned that Washington and its allies may change tactics if a deal isn’t reached in the coming weeks. Blinken said that the longer...

Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China's rise

Jan. 20, 2022 10:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. ...

Algeria’s ambassador returns to Paris after 3-month dispute

Jan. 06, 2022 08:51 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s ambassador returned to Paris on Thursday, three months after being recalled amid tensions related to the era of French colonial rule in the North African country. The move was announced by Algeria's presidency. In October,...

EU wants place at table to discuss Ukraine, Russia crisis

Jan. 05, 2022 13:37 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief insisted on Wednesday that the 27-nation bloc must have a bigger role to play alongside Washington and Moscow to defuse the West's standoff with Russia over Ukraine. In the diplomatic flurry surrounding the Russian military...

Russian court shuts renowned rights group

Dec. 28, 2021 12:38 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s highest court on Tuesday shut down one of the country’s oldest and most prominent human rights organizations, the latest move in a relentless crackdown on rights activists, independent media and opposition supporters. The Supreme Court's ruling to close...

Germany warns Russia will pay a price if it enters Ukraine

Dec. 09, 2021 07:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Germany's foreign minister warned Russia on Thursday that it would pay a “high political and economic price” if it makes any militaristic moves against neighboring Ukraine. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock emphasized the need to coordinate a common European...

France tries to end crisis with Algeria, resume cooperation

Dec. 08, 2021 15:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — France's top diplomat sought to smooth over a months-long crisis with Algeria that stirred up colonial-era tensions, paying a visit Wednesday to Algiers, where the countries agreed to resume cooperation toward peace in Libya and on other international issues. ...

Greece: Turkey the 'common denominator' of region's troubles

Nov. 19, 2021 11:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s foreign minister Friday called neighbor Turkey “the common denominator” of threats to stability in the region, including the use of migrants as a lever to apply geopolitical pressure. Nikos Dendias accused Belarus of copying...

NATO chief wary of Russian military moves near Ukraine

Nov. 15, 2021 15:19 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Monday to be more transparent about its military activities near Ukraine but he stopped short of suggesting that Moscow might be preparing to invade its former Soviet neighbor. Ukraine claims that...

Kremlin denies plans to invade Ukraine, alleges NATO threats

Nov. 12, 2021 13:37 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday rebuffed allegations that a buildup of its troops near Ukraine reflects Moscow's aggressive intentions, saying Russia needs to ensure its security in response to alleged NATO threats. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Western...