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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell addresses a video press conference at the conclusion of a video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

EU's top diplomat urges 'more robust strategy' toward China

May. 25, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat has called for the bloc to have a “more robust strategy” toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the center of global power. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told a gathering of German ambassadors on Monday that...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad said May 7 that he called for the release of Mark R. Frerichs, ab American citizen captured by Taliban-linked militants in discussions with Taliban leadership as continued violence threatens to scuttle a peace deal to end America’s longest-running war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

May. 23, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to participate in a group photo at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The Trump administration is notifying international partners that it is pulling out of a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct unarmed, observation flights over each other’s territory — overflights set up decades ago to promote trust and avert conflict. The administration says it wants out of the Open Skies Treaty because Russia is violating the pact and imagery collected during the flights can be obtained quickly at less cost from U.S. or commercial satellites. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EU urges US to reconsider military overflight treaty pullout

May. 22, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday urged the United States to reconsider its plan to withdraw from a military treaty allowing observation flights over more than 30 countries, as NATO insisted that Russia has long flouted its commitments under the agreement. President Donald Trump said Thursday...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to participate in a group photo at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The Trump administration is notifying international partners that it is pulling out of a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct unarmed, observation flights over each other’s territory — overflights set up decades ago to promote trust and avert conflict. The administration says it wants out of the Open Skies Treaty because Russia is violating the pact and imagery collected during the flights can be obtained quickly at less cost from U.S. or commercial satellites. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump: US may rethink decision to exit surveillance treaty

May. 21, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the U.S. to stay in a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other's territory, but he hinted it's possible the U.S. will reconsider the decision to withdraw. Trump's...

Delegates wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

China may pass bill to crack down on Hong Kong opposition

May. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature will take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in Hong Kong, a move that could limit opposition activity in the semi-autonomous territory and signals the central government's determination to take greater control after months of pro-democracy...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Cuba's Director-General of U.S. Affairs Carlos Fernandez de Cossio makes a statement to reporters, in Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s top diplomat in charge of relations with the United States said Thursday, May 21, 2020 that relations have sunk to a new low, and potentially could sink even lower with the appointment of Florida Senator Marco Rubio as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

Cuba’s top diplomat for US relations says ties at new low

May. 21, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s top diplomat in charge of relations with the United States said Thursday relations have sunk to a new low, and potentially could sink even lower with the appointment of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Carlos Fernandez de Cossio...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the Presidential Palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The Presidential Palace via AP)

US envoy working to resuscitate flagging Afghan peace deal

May. 21, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first visit to Kabul by Washington’s peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement comes amid increased violence blamed mostly on an Islamic State affiliate that has been targeted in stepped-up U.S. bombing. Zalmay...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, Chinese police stand guard in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. This year's version of China's biggest political meeting of the year will be unlike any other. Delayed from March because of the then-spiraling coronavirus outbreak, the decision to go ahead with the gathering signals a partial return to normalcy in the country where the pandemic first broke out.

White House report blasts Chinese 'malign activities'

May. 21, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond its hard-hitting rhetoric against China over its handling of the coronavirus, the White House has issued a broad-scale attack on Beijing's predatory economic policies, military buildup, disinformation campaigns and human rights violations. The 20-page report does not signal a...

FILE - In this  Monday, May 11, 2020, file photo, Nepalese students shout slogans during a protest against the Indian government inaugurating a new road through a disputed territory between India and Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal. India’s territorial dispute with its tiny Himalayan neighbour flared up with New Delhi rejecting Nepal’s claim for the second time within a week over an area where India has built a road leading to a revered Hindu pilgrimage site in the Tibetan plateau. In a strongly-worded statement issued late Wednesday, India objected to the Nepalese government releasing a revised official map of Nepal that includes parts of what it claims to be Indian territory.  Nepal says the road passes through its territory. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

India-Nepal territorial dispute flares over road to Tibet

May. 21, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A long-running territorial dispute between India and Nepal has flared over a new Indian-built road to a revered Hindu pilgrimage site in Tibet that Nepal says passes through its territory. India has issued a strongly worded statement in which it objected to a new map issued by the Nepalese...