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US seeks focus on 'urgent' needs of Ukraine at Swiss meeting

Jul. 05, 2022 11:44 AM 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...

UK: Johnson revises story after ex-civil servant goes public

Jul. 05, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former top British civil servant said Tuesday that Boris Johnson’s office wasn’t telling the truth about sexual misconduct allegations against a senior member of the prime minister's government. Johnson has faced pressure to explain what he knew about previous...

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals — and possible political trouble in Turkey. The move further increases...

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

Jul. 05, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart this week in Indonesia at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of the world’s leading industrialized nations, the State Department said Tuesday. Blinken will see...

Rwanda, Congo leaders to meet in Angola amid tensions

Jul. 05, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries, a Congolese government spokesman said. The two leaders on Wednesday will discuss bilateral relations and...

Spain boosts military spending to close gap with NATO goal

Jul. 05, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain is increasing military spending as it works toward meeting a NATO commitment by dedicating 2% of gross domestic product to defense, the government said Tuesday. Cabinet members approved a one-off expenditure of almost 1 billion euros (around $1.04...

Germany considers aid for struggling energy firms

Jul. 05, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has drawn up a plan that would allow it to aid struggling energy companies more easily — a move that comes amid efforts to shore up Uniper, Germany's biggest importer of Russian gas. The plan, approved Tuesday by the Cabinet but still requiring...

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...

The 30 NATO allies have signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 05:34 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies have signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland.