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Balloon bursts hopes for end to spiraling US-China tensions

Feb. 07, 2023 07:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday was supposed to be a day of modest hope in the U.S.-China relationship. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was going to be in Beijing, meeting with President Xi Jinping in a high-stakes bid to ease ever-rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies. ...

Olympic bans and boycotts go back a century

Feb. 03, 2023 11:41 AM EST

Ukraine and the three Baltic countries, all former Soviet republics, moved a step closer Friday to boycotting next year’s Paris Olympics because of the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes. The International Olympic Committee plans to allow Russians and Belarusians to...

Shlomo Perel, Holocaust survivor, film subject, dies at 98

Feb. 03, 2023 10:44 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shlomo Perel, who survived the Holocaust through surreal subterfuge and an extraordinary odyssey that inspired his own writing and an internationally renowned film, died on Thursday in central Israel. He was 98. Perel was born in 1925 to a Jewish family in...

Baltic leaders: Olympic boycott possible if Russians compete

Feb. 03, 2023 08:28 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The prime ministers of the three Baltic countries urged the International Olympic Committee to ban Russian athletes from next year’s Paris Games because of the war in Ukraine, saying Friday a boycott was a possibility. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja...

Mali defends Russian ties and opposes options for UN force

Jan. 28, 2023 01:39 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mali’s foreign minister defended the military government’s cooperation with Russia on Friday and rejected three options proposed by the U.N. chief to reconfigure the U.N. peacekeeping force in the west African country where Al-Qaida and Islamic State extremist groups are...

Paul Henderson to celebrate 80th with grandson on the ice

Jan. 27, 2023 16:44 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Long accustomed to being recognized in most every rink he enters in Canada, Paul Henderson enjoys attending his grandson’s college hockey games in relative anonymity while seated with his wife Eleanor in Section 10 of Buffalo’s Harborcenter. Perhaps,...

Czechs pick successor to Milos Zeman in presidential runoff

Jan. 27, 2023 11:15 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs started voting Friday for a new president, choosing between a retired army general and a populist billionaire in a two-day runoff election to succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial post. Gen. Petr Pavel and Andrej Babis, who is a...

Today in History: JAN 27, Auschwitz and Birkenau liberated

Jan. 27, 2023 00:16 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2022. There are 338 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1967, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire...

Victor Navasky, historian and Nation editor, dies at 90

Jan. 24, 2023 13:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Navasky, an award-winning author and journalist who for years presided over the liberal weekly The Nation and wrote influential books on the anti-Communist blacklist and Robert F. Kennedy’s justice department, has died at age 90. Navasky's death was...

EXPLAINER: Tensions high over isolated Azerbaijan region

Jan. 22, 2023 02:41 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two years after Azerbaijan and Armenia ended a war that killed about 6,800 soldiers and displaced around 90,000 civilians, tensions between the countries are again high in a dispute over a six-kilometer (nearly four-mile) road known as the Lachin Corridor. The...