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

Jul. 05, 2022 16:48 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 seeks focus on 'urgent' needs of Ukraine at Swiss meeting

Jul. 05, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat on Tuesday urged allies of Ukraine to help the war-battered country meet its “immediate and urgent” needs — not only longer-term rebuilding — as scores of countries wrapped up a two-day conference aimed at helping Ukraine recover from...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Canada says China bars diplomats from Canadian tycoon trial

Jul. 05, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities refused to let Canadian diplomats attend the trial of a Chinese-born Canadian tycoon who disappeared from Hong Kong five years ago, Canada’s government said Tuesday. Xiao Jianhua was last seen at a Hong Kong hotel in January 2017 and was...

Russia foreign minister visits Mongolia in drive for support

Jul. 05, 2022 06:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with leaders in Mongolia on Tuesday during a trip to Asia to seek support amid his country’s diplomatic isolation by the West and punishing sanctions leveled over its invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov met with Mongolian Foreign...

Chinese envoy expresses concern over US tariffs with Yellen

Jul. 05, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s envoy to trade war talks with Washington expressed concern about U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports during a phone call Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Ministry of Commerce announced, but it gave no indication of progress toward resolving an array of...

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...

Myanmar hosts 1st regional meeting since army takeover

Jul. 04, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military government on Monday hosted its first high-level regional meeting since the army took power last year, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and counterparts from Mekong Delta nations attending. State broadcaster MRTV reported that Wang met with...

Canadian government: Tycoon in China due to stand trial

Jul. 04, 2022 04:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese-born Canadian tycoon is being put on trial in China, Canada's government said Monday, five years after he vanished from Hong Kong during an anti-corruption crackdown. Xiao Jianhua was due to stand trial Monday, a government statement said. It said Canadian...

Russian diplomats to depart Bulgaria amid soaring tensions

Jul. 03, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian airplanes departed Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said. Filip Voskresenski, a...