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Biden looks to turn page on 20 years of war in UN address

Sep. 20, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden began his first visit to the U.N. General Assembly ready to make the case to world leaders that after closing the book on 20 years of war, the U.S. aims to rally allies and adversaries to work together on a slew of crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic,...

'Crisis of trust': France bristles at US submarine deal

Sep. 20, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s top diplomat declared Monday that there is a “crisis of trust” in the United States after a Pacific defense deal stung France and left Europe wondering about its longtime ally across the Atlantic. France canceled meetings with...

UN climate talks: Faint progress on money, none on pollution

Sep. 20, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

Opening pocketbooks wider to fight climate change? That’s looking slightly more doable. Closing more smokestacks for the same goal? Not yet sold. World leaders made “faint signs of progress” on the financial end of fighting climate change in a special United Nations...

'We were them:' Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees

Sep. 20, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents...

Stocks drop the most since May on worries over China, Fed

Sep. 20, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

Stocks on Wall Street closed sharply lower Monday, mirroring losses overseas and handing the S&P 500 index its biggest drop in four months. Worries about heavily indebted Chinese real estate developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they...

Defense chief orders new review of mistaken US drone strike

Sep. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that found that 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed in an Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that the Pentagon initially said had killed an Islamic State fighter....

Korean War soldier killed in 1950 buried after remains IDed

Sep. 20, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Cpl. Walter Smead was finally laid to rest Monday near his rural upstate New York hometown, seven decades after he was killed in the Korean War and months after his remains were officially accounted for with help from DNA analysis. He was...

The Latest: EU official: US isn't being loyal or transparent

Sep. 20, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ UNITED NATIONS -- The top European Union official is criticizing the United States for a “lack of transparency and loyalty” towards its trans-Atlantic partners, as evidenced by...

The AP Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid Cold War

Sep. 20, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the...

The Latest: Taliban fire director of Afghan cricket board

Sep. 20, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have sacked the executive director of Afghanistan’s cricket board. Hamid Shinwari posted on his official Facebook page Monday he had been fired by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister Sirajuddin...