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The Latest: Dutch foreign minister resigns over Afghanistan

Sep. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Sigrid Kaag has resigned after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover of the country. In a...

Nuclear submarine deal will reshape Indo-Pacific relations

Sep. 16, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they're forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The alliance will see a reshaping of relations in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Here's what it might...

EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy, tries to allay China fears

Sep. 16, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday unveiled a new strategy for boosting economic, political and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific, just hours after the United States, Britain and Australia announced a new security alliance likely to reshape their relations with the vast region. ...

Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia

Sep. 15, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It's...

China imposes local lockdowns as COVID-19 cases surge

Sep. 15, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China tightened lockdowns and increased orders for mass testing in cities along its east coast Wednesday amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Checks have been set up in toll stations around the city of Putian in Fujian province, with a dozen of them...

Chinese property developer's debt struggle rattles investors

Sep. 15, 2021 05:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s biggest real estate developers is struggling to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt, prompting concern about a broader economic fallout and protests by buyers of unfinished apartments. Evergrande Group appears likely to be...

China affirms UN peacekeeping role with multinational drills

Sep. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

QUESHAN, China (AP) — China has emphasized its role in United Nations peacekeeping operations with its hosting of multinational exercises that ended Wednesday. The 10 day-long drills in the central province of Henan featured around 1,000 troops from China, Mongolia,...

Hong Kong activists jailed over Tiananmen crackdown vigil

Sep. 15, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Nine Hong Kong activists and ex-lawmakers on Wednesday were handed jail sentences of up to 10 months over their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen Square candlelight vigil, the latest blow in an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the city. The nine...

Chinese ambassador to UK barred from Parliament

Sep. 14, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — China’s ambassador to Britain has been barred from Parliament and told he could not enter the building for a talk he was scheduled to give on Wednesday. Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said Tuesday it was not “appropriate” for the Chinese ambassador,...

Beijing court rules against woman in China #MeToo case

Sep. 14, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court ruled against a Chinese woman on Tuesday in a #MeToo case that wound through the courts for three years, in a blow to the tamped-down movement whose legacy remains uncertain. The Haidian People's Court said in a judgment released late...