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Biden to lay out in Japan who's joining new Asia trade pact

May. 22, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday is set to launch a new Indo-Pacific trade pact designed to signal U.S. dedication to the region and address the need for stability in commerce after the chaos caused by the pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The White House says...

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit

May. 22, 2022 21:48 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new prime minister was sworn in Monday ahead of a Tokyo summit with President Joe Biden while vote counting continued to determine whether he will control a majority in a Parliament that is demanding tougher action on climate change. Prime...

Biden says monkeypox cases something to 'be concerned about'

May. 22, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden said Sunday that recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States were something “to be concerned about.” In his first public comments on the disease, Biden added: “It is a concern in that...

Taliban enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors

May. 22, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Sunday began enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. The move is part of a hard-line shift drawing condemnation from rights activists. After the order was announced...

Taiwan not included in launch of new Biden Indo-Pacific pact

May. 22, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday is expected to come out with a list of nations that will join a long-anticipated Indo-Pacific trade pact, but Taiwan won't be among them. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed that Taiwan isn't among the governments...

Pakistan's defiant ex-premier calls for march on Islamabad

May. 22, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's defiant former Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Sunday for his supporters to march peacefully on Islamabad on May 25th, to press for fresh elections. Khan, who served as prime minister for over three and half years, was ousted in a...

Pakistani police arrest 6 for killing 2 sisters for honor

May. 22, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police arrested six men from the same family on Sunday, accused of murdering two sisters who were from the same village but also had Spanish citizenship. Police said that Urooj Abbas, 21, and Anisa Abbas, 23, were severely tortured and shot dead in...

Pope voices hope church in China can operate in freedom

May. 22, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his spiritual closeness to Catholics in China, voicing hope that the church there operates in “freedom and tranquility,’’ but making no mention of a 90-year-old cardinal who was recently arrested in Hong Kong. Addressing...

Biden pushes economic, security aims as he ends SKorea visit

May. 22, 2022 06:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden tended to both business and security interests Sunday as he wrapped up a three-day trip to South Korea, first showcasing Hyundai's pledge to invest at least $10 billion in the United States and later mingling with troops at a nearby military base. ...

Bangkok votes for governor in 1st election since 2014 coup

May. 22, 2022 05:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Voters in the Thai capital headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor in a contest delayed by a military coup that still reflects a divided country with main candidates either supported by the conservative establishment or the liberal opposition. A record 31...