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Bipartisan infrastructure group swells to 21 senators

Jun. 16, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan senators’ group working on a $1 trillion infrastructure compromise more than doubled in size to 21 members Wednesday, a key threshold that gives momentum to their effort as President Joe Biden returns from overseas at a pivotal time for his big legislative...

Civil rights leaders don't budge key senator on voting bill

Jun. 08, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a “Republican assault on our democracy." ...

China hosts Southeast Asian ministers as it competes with US

Jun. 07, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is hosting foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian nations this week amid heightened competition between Beijing and Washington for influence in the region. Chinese state media said the meeting Tuesday in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing...

US senators promise vaccines for Taiwan amid China row

Jun. 06, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. will give Taiwan 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, part of President Joe Biden's move to share tens of millions of jabs globally, three American senators said Sunday, after the self-ruled island complained that China is hindering its efforts to secure...

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church's prayer wall

May. 31, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Monday for an interfaith service dedicating a prayer wall outside historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood on the centennial of the first day of one of the deadliest racist massacres in the nation. ...

US envoy in Egypt for talks on Ethiopia’s dam dispute

May. 05, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa on Wednesday met with the Egyptian president as part of Washington's new push to find a resolution to a regional decade-long dispute over Ethiopia's massive dam on the Nile River’s main tributary. Jeffrey Feltman...

Eritrea’s president visits Sudan amid tensions over Ethiopia

May. 04, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Eritrea’s president arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday for talks with Sudanese officials amid tensions over a longtime border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia. President Isaias Afwerki landed at Khartoum’s international airport and was received by Gen....

Flurry of diplomatic contacts fuel Iran deal speculation

May. 04, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic contacts and reports of major progress suggest that indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran may be nearing an agreement. That’s despite efforts by U.S. officials to play down chances of an imminent deal that would bring Washington and Tehran back...

US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran

May. 03, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top Biden administration officials and U.S. senators crisscrossed the Middle East on Monday, seeking to assuage growing unease among Gulf Arab partners over America’s re-engagement with Iran and other policy shifts in the region. ...

Senators take aim at maternal mortality in developing world

Apr. 30, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Senators from Maine and Delaware are proposing legislation that they believe would help U.S. efforts to stop preventable maternal and child deaths in the developing world. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of...