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G-20 meeting may lead to wider divisions over war in Ukraine

Jul. 06, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign ministers from the world’s largest nations are looking to address Russia's war in Ukraine and its impact on global energy and food security when they meet in Indonesia this week. Yet instead of providing unity, the talks may well exacerbate existing divides over the...

Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

Jul. 05, 2022 22:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will see his Chinese counterpart this week at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of nations that will likely exacerbate splits over Russia’s war in Ukraine. While strained U.S.-China ties will be the focus...

US: Israeli fire likely killed reporter; no final conclusion

Jul. 04, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday the bullet that killed veteran Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was likely fired from an Israeli position. But they said it was too badly damaged to reach an absolute determination, and that there is “no reason to believe” she was deliberately...

Iran-US nuclear talks in Qatar end without making progress

Jun. 29, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers ended Wednesday in Qatar after failing to make significant progress amid a growing crisis over the Islamic Republic's atomic program, diplomats said. ...

US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

Jun. 27, 2022 22:50 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S. to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives. ...

Former Iran conscripts say unfairly blocked from US travel

Jun. 26, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two years ago, Leili Ghazi quit studying biomedical engineering in Iran and seized the chance to travel to the United States to build a new life for herself and her parents. Now, the 22-year-old is separated indefinitely from her family because her father...

Afghan aid auditor accuses State, USAID of withholding info

Jun. 22, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressionally mandated watchdog for U.S. assistance to Afghanistan is accusing the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development of illegally withholding information from it about the American withdrawal from the country last year and current policy. ...

State Dept confirms death of 2nd American in Ukraine war

Jun. 21, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is confirming the death of a U.S. citizen in Ukraine who is believed to be only the second American to have been killed in the conflict there. The department said Tuesday that Stephen Zabielski had died in Ukraine and that it is in touch with...

Brazil police: Remains found those of British journalist

Jun. 17, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police said Friday that human remains found in Brazil’s remote Amazon have been identified as belonging to British journalist Dom Phillips, who went missing almost two weeks ago along with a Brazilian Indigenous expert in a case that drew world attention. ...

U.S. veterans missing in Ukraine formed bond over background

Jun. 16, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh are both military veterans from Alabama, so it was natural that they formed a bond once they met in Ukraine, where each traveled separately with the intention of helping defend democracy against Russian invaders. “They became...