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Biden adviser headed to Egypt as Israel-Hamas tensions rise

Sep. 28, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan is heading to Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egyptian government officials about rising tensions between Israel and Hamas. The Biden administration is leaning heavily on Egypt, which...

Haiti PM: Elections, referendum to be held next year

Sep. 28, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's prime minister said Tuesday that he plans to hold a referendum to modify the country's constitution by February, and he hopes to organize presidential and legislative elections early next year. In an interview with The Associated...

'Neglected danger': Nukes not in forefront in speeches at UN

Sep. 28, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the Marshall Islands' turn to speak, and the president wanted to remind world leaders of a cause the United Nations has espoused since its founding. “No effort should be spared," President David Kabua told the U.N. General Assembly this month,...

$5B conservation plan offers new approach, but faces hurdles

Sep. 28, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

A pledge by nine grantmakers to give $5 billion to conservation efforts that address threats to biodiversity and to help curb climate change is taking a different approach than philanthropy has embraced in the past — one that may require those organizations to do things differently. ...

UN: New meeting in October to draft Syria constitution

Sep. 28, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria announced Tuesday that invitations have been issued for a sixth meeting of the committee charged with producing a new constitution for war-torn Syria in October. After the failure of the five previous meetings of...

Albania complains its EU accession bid is being held hostage

Sep. 28, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister complained Tuesday about the delay in the launch of European Union membership negotiations with his country, saying Bulgaria’s veto was holding the process hostage. Edi Rama spoke at a news conference with European...

France to reduce visas for North Africans in migration spat

Sep. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far-right politicians on centrist President...

Macron wants Europeans to boost defense, be 'respected'

Sep. 28, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — European nations must boost their defense plans and make themselves “respected,” French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday as his country opens talks with the United States following a submarine contract dispute that led to a diplomatic crisis. ...

Female Afghan health workers, educators urge release of aid

Sep. 28, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female Afghan health workers, teachers and rights defenders Tuesday urged the international community to resume financial aid to Afghanistan, saying non-payment has disproportionally impacted women. Aqela Noori, a teacher, said at a news...

Young activists bemoan climate inaction, demand more say

Sep. 28, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Youth climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg chastized global leaders Tuesday for failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth and for delivering too much “blah blah blah’’ as climate change wreaks havoc around the world. ...