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Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' US commitment to Israel

Apr. 11, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration's efforts to revive nuclear negotiations...

Jordanian prince makes first public appearance since arrest

Apr. 11, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Prince Hamzah on Sunday made his first public appearance since he was placed under house arrest last week, reciting Quranic verses together with King Abdullah II at the graves of their forefathers. The gesture appeared to be an attempted show of unity on a...

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

Apr. 10, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer...

Today in History

Apr. 10, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 10, the 100th day of 2021. There are 265 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey purchased the contract of...

US urges arms embargo and sanctions against Myanmar military

Apr. 09, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged the international community to take “concrete action” against the military in Myanmar on Friday including an arms embargo and sanctions against its holding companies and those who profit from them, saying this is the...

Greece OKs Venezuelan Embassy assets seizure in legal case

Apr. 09, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Justice Ministry has authorized a court order to seize assets from the Venezuelan Embassy in Athens following a court case linked to sexual misconduct and wrongful dismissal allegations made by former female staff members. The court...

UN chief: Sudan-South Sudan dispute will keep UN in Abyei

Apr. 09, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has informed the Security Council that he couldn’t provide options to reduce and terminate the nearly 3,700-strong peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border because of differences between...

Myanmar junta limits internet, seizes satellite TV dishes

Apr. 08, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An information blackout under Myanmar's military junta worsened Thursday as fiber broadband service, the last legal way for ordinary people to access the internet, became intermittently inaccessible on several networks. Authorities in some areas...

Northern Ireland leaders seek calm after violence escalates

Apr. 08, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Authorities in Northern Ireland sought to restore calm Thursday after Protestant and Catholic youths in Belfast hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and each other. It was the worst mayhem in a week of street violence in the region, where...

Turkey rejects claims of sexist snub towards von der Leyen

Apr. 08, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday strongly rejected accusations that it snubbed Ursula von der Leyen — one of the European Union’s most powerful executives — because of her gender after a protocol gaffe during a meeting at the Turkish presidential palace ignited a public...