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Czechs expel more Russians in dispute over 2014 depot blast

Apr. 22, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic on Thursday ordered more Russian diplomats to leave the country, further escalating a dispute between the two nations over the alleged involvement of Russian spies in a massive ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Foreign Minister Jakub...

Relics seized from smugglers are returning to Afghanistan

Apr. 22, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Precious relics of Afghanistan’s ancient past are returning home as the nation confronts deepening uncertainty about its future. A collection of 33 artifacts seized from a New York-based art dealer who authorities say was one of the world's most...

Czechs to Russia: Let our diplomats back or more of yours go

Apr. 21, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic demanded on Wednesday that Russia should allow its expelled diplomats to return to Moscow, threatening that otherwise more Russian diplomats would be asked to leave Prague. The Czech request looks set to further escalate a diplomatic...

States suspend Syria's OPCW rights over chemical attacks

Apr. 21, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In an unprecedented vote Wednesday, member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog suspended Syria's voting rights at the organization as a punishment for the repeated use of toxic gas by Damascus. The vote, which required a...

Pakistan frees 669 men from radical group as it ends rallies

Apr. 21, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities freed nearly 669 supporters of an outlawed radical Islamist group, hours after it agreed to end a week of violent protests following talks with the government. Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan's leader, however, will remain behind bars...

New Czech foreign minister sworn in amid crisis with Russia

Apr. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's new foreign minister, Jakub Kulhanek, was sworn in Wednesday, amid a fierce diplomatic conflict with Moscow over allegations Russian agents were involved in a massive Czech ammunition depot explosion. Russia ordered 20 Czech diplomats...

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk

Apr. 21, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan's warring sides to a power-sharing deal and ensure an orderly U.S. exit from the country has been postponed, its sponsors announced Wednesday. They cited a lack of prospects for...

Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo

Apr. 21, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime sexual slavery and their relatives who sought compensation from Japan's government. The Seoul Central District Court based its decision on diplomatic...

Cyprus president in Athens before Geneva talks

Apr. 21, 2021 06:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The president of the ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus met with Greece’s prime minister on Wednesday before informal talks to be held in Switzerland next week. The Geneva talks will be attended by representatives of Turkish Cypriots and...

Envoy: China not discriminating against foreign journalists

Apr. 21, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China continued to welcome foreign journalists and discriminated against none, a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday, contradicting an Australian reporter's opinion that they were “barely tolerated.” Wang Xining, the Chinese Embassy in...