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Sri Lanka asks China to postpone research ship's port call

Aug. 09, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has asked China to defer a port call of a scientific research ship after security concerns were reportedly raised by neighboring India. The Foreign Ministry ministry said in a statement Monday night that the Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 was...

US official says Solomon Islands leader 'missed opportunity'

Aug. 08, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. deputy secretary of state said Monday the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an important opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is...

Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions

Aug. 08, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after Beijing accused her of “finger-pointing” in her criticism of China’s military exercises in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Wong...

Ukraine grain headed for Lebanon under wartime deal delayed

Aug. 07, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The scheduled arrival Sunday of the first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal has been delayed, a Lebanese Cabinet minister and the Ukraine Embassy said. The cause of the delay was not immediately clear and Marine Traffic, which...

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns 'hostage'

Aug. 06, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan...

China cuts off vital US contacts over Pelosi Taiwan visit

Aug. 05, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China cut off contacts with the United States on vital issues Friday — including military matters and crucial climate cooperation — as concerns rose that the Communist government's hostile reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit could signal a lasting, more...

WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

Aug. 04, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow. ...

Ship Ukraine says is carrying stolen grain leaves Lebanon

Aug. 04, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian ship that Ukraine says is carrying stolen Ukrainian grain has left a Lebanese port after officials in Lebanon allowed it to sail following an investigation, Lebanon’s transport minister tweeted on Thursday. The Syrian-flagged Laodicea had been anchored at...

Lebanon clears ship Ukraine says is carrying stolen grain

Aug. 02, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prosecutor general decided a Syrian ship allegedly carrying Ukrainian grain stolen by Russia may leave a port in the country’s north, officials said Tuesday. The move came after an investigation showed the vessel wasn't carrying stolen goods. However,...

Al-Zawahri's path went from Cairo clinic to top of al-Qaida

Aug. 02, 2022 05:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The doors of jihad opened for Ayman al-Zawahri as a young doctor in a Cairo clinic, when a visitor arrived with a tempting offer: a chance to treat Islamic fighters battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan. With that offer in 1980, al-Zawahri embarked on a life that over...