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Marks & Spencer blames Brexit for store closures in France

Sep. 16, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British retailer Marks & Spencer said Thursday that it will close 11 of its stores in France, mainly in Paris, as a result of fresh and chilled food supply issues related to Britain's departure from the European Union. The group blamed Brexit...

UK's Johnson replaces foreign secretary in Cabinet shake-up

Sep. 15, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister in a major government shakeup Wednesday, as he tried to move on from a series of political missteps and revive his promise to “level up” prosperity across the U.K. ...

India, Australia call for global action in Afghanistan

Sep. 11, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Top ministers from India and Australia on Saturday called for international anti-terror efforts in Afghanistan, bolstering mutual security ties and blunting China's growing regional assertiveness. Australia's foreign and defense ministers met their...

Australia won't allow UN climate goals in UK free trade deal

Sep. 09, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government confirmed Thursday that it refused to allow climate change goals to be written into a proposed free trade deal with Britain, as pressure mounts on it to make more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions. Prime...

2 Australian ministers begin 4-nation visit ending in US

Sep. 08, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign and defense ministers are visiting Indonesia, India, South Korea and the United States to bolster economic and security relationships within the Asia-Pacific region, where tensions are rising with China. Foreign Minister...

Israel President meets Jordanian king to cultivate ties

Sep. 04, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president met with the Jordanian king this past week, in a new sign of improved relations between the two countries, the president's office said Saturday. At the king's invitation, new President Isaac Herzog met King Abdullah II at his palace...

North Macedonia, Greece, see trade boost after key name deal

Aug. 31, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The foreign ministers of North Macedonia and Greece agreed Tuesday that bilateral ties have improved steadily since the two countries reached a deal that changed the name of Greece's small Balkan neighbor. North Macedonia’s foreign...

Workers at Mexico GM plant end contract, oust union in vote

Aug. 19, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers at a General Motors plant in Mexico have voted to end a collective bargaining contract negotiated by an old guard union accused of intimidation tactics in earlier votes. It was an early display of the effectiveness of labor mechanisms negotiated under the...

China dismisses Canadian protests over cases tied to Huawei

Aug. 12, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday dismissed Canada's protests of harsh sentences handed down by Chinese courts to Canadians whose cases are seen as linked to the arrest in Vancouver of a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Foreign Ministry and the Chinese...

China sentences Canadian to 11 years in case tied to Huawei

Aug. 11, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

DANDONG, China (AP) — A Canadian entrepreneur was sentenced to 11 years in prison in a spying case linked to Beijing’s effort to push his country to release an executive of tech giant Huawei, prompting an unusual show of support for Canada by the United States and 24 other governments. ...