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Deputy Secretary Sherman says US 'doubling down' on Pacific

Aug. 09, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States is doubling down on its investment in the Pacific, said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Tuesday as she concluded a five-nation visit to the region. “The future will be written here in the Pacific,” Sherman said...

Voters in 4 states to decide secretary of state nominees

Aug. 09, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

Voters in four states on Tuesday will determine their party’s nominees for the statewide office that typically oversees elections. Much of the attention will center on Wisconsin, where the secretary of state does not have any role with elections. Republicans want to change that...

Chad's junta, rebel groups sign pledge in Qatar before talks

Aug. 09, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chad's military government signed a pledge Monday with more than 40 rebel groups and opposition figures ahead of planned national reconciliation talks, though the deal did not include the country's main rebel group. Under the terms of the deal in...

Cambodian ambassador: Looted artworks are 'souls' of culture

Aug. 08, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States said Monday that the transfer of 30 antiquities by U.S. law enforcement authorities to his country was a return of the “souls of our culture.” Ambassador Keo Chhea spoke at a ceremony where a 10th century sculpture,...

US official says Solomon Islands leader 'missed opportunity'

Aug. 08, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. deputy secretary of state said Monday the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an important opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is...

UN envoy: Only peace can end Israel-Palestinian violence

Aug. 08, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. Mideast envoy warned Monday that the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants is “fragile” and the “cycles of violence" will only stop when an independent Palestinian state lives side-by-side with Israel. Tor Wennesland called on...

Russia halts U.S. inspections of its nuclear arsenals

Aug. 08, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday announced a freeze on U.S. inspections of its nuclear arsenals under a pivotal arms control treaty, claiming that Western sanctions have hampered similar tours of U.S. facilities by Russian monitors. The move reflects soaring tensions between Moscow...

Walz votes early; defends Minnesota's election integrity

Aug. 08, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz took advantage of the chance to vote early in Tuesday's primary, then joined a fellow Democrat, Secretary of State Steve Simon, on Monday to defend the integrity of Minnesota's election system. Walz, accompanied by his wife, Gwen, and his...

China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

Aug. 08, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases...

Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal end, produce 'final text'

Aug. 08, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Talks to revive Tehran's tattered nuclear accord with world powers in Vienna ended Monday as the parties closed a final text and key negotiators prepared to consult with their capitals, diplomats said. After 16 months of torturous on-and-off...