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Small islands caught between tourism economy, climate change

Sep. 27, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Come visit the Maldives, its president entreated the world at this year's United Nations General Assembly, moments before switching to an impassioned plea for help combating climate change. The adjacent appeals illustrated a central dilemma for many small island developing...

India's farmers renew protests, challenging Modi government

Sep. 27, 2021 04:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indian farmers blocked traffic on major roads and railway tracks outside of the nation's capital on Monday, marking one year of demonstrations against government-backed laws that they say will shatter their livelihoods. The farmers have...

Cyclone floods parts of India's east coast, knocks out power

Sep. 27, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A cyclone flooded parts of India's eastern coast with heavy rains and uprooted thousands of trees and power poles, knocking out electricity, before weakening to a deep depression Monday. Heavy rains lashed the town of Kalingapatnam in Andhra...

India's eastern coast on high alert as cyclone hits land

Sep. 26, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in two Indian coastal states are on high alert, with evacuations and preparations underway as a cyclone hit the eastern seaboard late Sunday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department said Cyclone Gulab, coming in from the Bay of Bengal,...

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...

Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban

Sep. 25, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia, China, Pakistan and the United States are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises, especially to form a genuinely representative government and prevent extremism from spreading, Russia’s foreign minister said...

At UN, turmoil in Haiti, Ethiopia draws global concern

Sep. 25, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

The speeches may be scripted, but the U.N. General Assembly can sometimes be the only direct window into the regional challenges that command global concern. On Saturday, world leaders were speaking on behalf of some of the most unstable and unsettling current conflicts....

India's Modi targets neighbors at UN, but not by name

Sep. 25, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't directly mention Pakistan or China in his Saturday speech to the United Nations General Assembly, but the targets of his address were clear. In a roughly 20-minute speech delivered in-person and in Hindi, he...

US, Pakistan face each other again on Afghanistan threats

Sep. 25, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban's takeover of Kabul has deepened the mutual distrust between the U.S. and Pakistan, putative allies who have tangled over Afghanistan. But both sides still need each other. As the Biden administration looks for new ways to stop terrorist...

Security troops kill 6 separatists in raid in SW Pakistan

Sep. 25, 2021 05:30 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces overnight killed six militants of a separatist group in a raid at their hideout in the mountains of southwestern Baluchistan province, the military said Saturday. Counterterrorism police arrested three others from the...