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Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

Some fear China could win from US spat with Marshall Islands

Nov. 26, 2021 00:33 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For decades, the tiny Marshall Islands has been a stalwart American ally. Its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has made it a key strategic outpost for the U.S. military. But that loyalty is being tested amid a dispute with...

Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Nov. 24, 2021 05:48 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded the corals fertilizing billions of...

Taiwan opens office in Lithuania, in move set to anger China

Nov. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Taiwan opened a representation office in Lithuania's capital Vilnius Thursday, in a move set to anger Beijing. The self-governing island and Lithuania agreed in July that the Vilnius office would bear the name Taiwan rather than Chinese Taipei...

The Latest: Charities offer to kick-start climate aid fund

Nov. 12, 2021 17:22 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The latest on the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow: GLASGOW, Scotland --- Several charities are offering to provide funds to kick-start a separate and independent mechanism for rich countries to support vulnerable nations from climate change. ...

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Nicaragua

Nov. 09, 2021 04:10 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua. The quake, at a moderate depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) occurred at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday. The...

Japan, Germany expand military ties as German warship visits

Nov. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Friday said Japan will step up military cooperation with Germany in the Indo-Pacific region as he welcomed a port call by the first German warship to visit Japan in about 20 years. The frigate Bayern is visiting Tokyo after...

Supply chain delays disrupt California agriculture exports

Nov. 04, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid an historic drought posing threats to future harvests, California farmers now say they have no way to export the crops they do have because of a kink in the global supply chain that has left container ships lined up off the Southern California coast with...

4 LatAm nations create fishing-free corridor in east Pacific

Nov. 03, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Four Latin American countries announced Tuesday that they will expand and unite their marine reserves to create a vast corridor in the Pacific Ocean in hopes of protecting sea turtles, tuna, squid, hammerhead sharks and other species. The new...

1 dead, 13 captured swimming across US border in San Diego

Oct. 31, 2021 00:43 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One person died and another 13 people were pulled from the Pacific Ocean after a large group attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by swimming around a barrier in San Diego, government officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a...