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US-Russia set 2nd round of strategic talks under Biden admin

Sep. 27, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia will hold their second round of strategic talks later this week as the two sides attempt to resolve myriad differences ranging from nuclear weapons to cyberspace, the State Department said Monday. The department said the...

Swiss approve same-sex marriage by wide margin in referendum

Sep. 26, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Cheers rang out, hugs were exchanged and rainbow-colored flags waved overhead across Switzerland as the Swiss resoundingly voted to allow same-sex couples to marry, final results of a nationwide referendum showed Sunday. Official results showed the...

UN and Afghanistan's Taliban, figuring out how to interact

Sep. 26, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

It's been little more than a month since Kalashnikov-toting Taliban fighters in their signature heavy beards, hightop sneakers and shalwar kameezes descended on the Afghan capital and cemented their takeover. Now they’re vying for a seat in the club of nations and seeking what no country...

'Marriage for all'? Swiss voters to decide same-sex marriage

Sep. 25, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland will decide Sunday whether to allow same-sex marriages in the rich Alpine country, one of the few in Western Europe where gay and lesbian couples do not already have the right to wed. Switzerland has authorized same-sex civil...

France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term

Sep. 24, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Germany and France said they and other European Union countries have nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization. This marks the first time that a candidate for the top job at the U.N. health agency...

UN: In war, 16 million Yemenis 'marching' toward starvation

Sep. 23, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency is warning that 16 million people in Yemen “are marching towards starvation” and says food rations for millions in the war-torn nation will be cut in October unless new funding arrives. David Beasley said...

UN agency: Innovation continued even as coronavirus emerged

Sep. 20, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property agency said Monday that innovation marched forward last year despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries boosted their investments, even as hard-hit sectors like transport and travel eased...

The Latest: American Samoa reports first case of coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii this week. ...

While urging vaccination, WHO declines jab data on its staff

Sep. 17, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' health agency, which has repeatedly urged the world to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and other illnesses, on Friday declined to say how many of its own staffers have followed that advice. “We won’t have that because it’s...

After coronavirus pause, Davos to host world's elites again

Sep. 16, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual Davos conference will host the high-profile gathering of elites in the Swiss Alps in-person again in January. The World Economic Forum said Thursday that its next annual...