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Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda

Oct. 18, 2021 05:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage. ...

ASEAN downgrades Myanmar presence in summit in major rebuke

Oct. 16, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers have agreed to downgrade Myanmar's participation in an upcoming summit in their sharpest rebuke yet of its leaders following a Feb. 1 military takeover. Myanmar objected to the decision by the Association...

ASEAN to exclude Myanmar's leader from summit in key rebuke

Oct. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers decided at an emergency meeting Friday not to invite Myanmar's military leader to an annual summit for refusing to let an envoy meet ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior regional diplomat said. The...

Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss COVID-19, climate

Oct. 14, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings. Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Prince William: Before travelling to space, save the planet

Oct. 14, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has criticized some of the world's richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead. William voiced his disapproval in an interview with the BBC...

IMF head pledges renewed efforts to protect data integrity

Oct. 13, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The embattled head of the International Monetary Fund, who successfully fought to keep her job following a data-manipulation scandal, on Wednesday pledged renewed efforts to bolster data integrity while focusing on the main job of helping countries recover from a...

Energy agency urges bigger global push to cut emissions

Oct. 13, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The International Energy Agency is urging governments to make stronger commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions at an upcoming U.N. climate summit, warning the world is not on track to meet environmental goals and that new investment in clean energy was needed...

Qatar diplomat emphasizes engagement with Taliban at forum

Oct. 12, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's diplomatic point man on Afghanistan said Tuesday countries should engage the country's new Taliban rulers, warning that isolation could lead to instability and a wide-reaching security threat, as happened when al-Qaida used the country as a base to...

G20 demands humanitarian access to Afghans, EU pledges cash

Oct. 12, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union pledged 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in support for the Afghan people, and the Group of 20 countries vowed to accelerate aid Tuesday amid concerns that an already precarious humanitarian and financial situation will grow catastrophic over the winter. ...

Serbia's leader defends right to buy weapons where he wants

Oct. 12, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia will continue arming itself with Russian, Chinese and other weapons, its president said Tuesday, despite fears in the region and the West that the Balkan country's recent military buildup could lead to more tensions in part of Europe which is still reeling...