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Libya conference aims to salvage planned December elections

Oct. 21, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya is hosting an international conference aimed at resolving the country's thorniest issues ahead of general elections planned for December. Western, regional and United Nations representatives are meeting Thursday in the capital, Tripoli. According to...

Hungary comes to Poland's defense over EU court ruling

Oct. 09, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government resolution Saturday welcoming a Polish constitutional court ruling that challenges the primacy of European Union law, and accusing EU institutions of overextending their powers. In the...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

Oct. 09, 2021 02:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the United States and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

Oct. 08, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the U.S. and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is determined to...

Australia welcoming back French ambassador after sub spat

Oct. 07, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed France’s decision to return its ambassador to Australia and said Thursday the bilateral relationship was bigger than the canceled submarine contract. Morrison dismissed suggestions that Australia needed...

US, France edge closer to rapprochement after AUKUS spat

Oct. 05, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France and the United States edged closer Tuesday toward rapprochement after the Biden administration’s exclusion of Washington’s oldest ally from a new Indo-Pacific security initiative ignited French anger. French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S....

Dubai's Expo 2020 reveals 3 worker deaths from COVID-19

Oct. 03, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's Expo 2020 acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that three workers had died from the coronavirus over the course of building the world's fair during the pandemic, as the prestigious event draws scrutiny of labor conditions in the United Arab...

Dubai Expo 2020 offers conflicting figures on worker deaths

Oct. 02, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s Expo 2020 on Saturday offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and...

US tries to make nice with France after Australia sub snub

Oct. 01, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit France next week as the Biden administration tries to smooth over hurt feelings and potentially more lasting damage caused by its exclusion of America’s oldest ally from a new Indo-Pacific security initiative, the State...

Sub snub just one symptom of longtime French unease with US

Sep. 24, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty and Fraternity, yes. Equality, not so much. Born of a revolution fought for liberty, ties between the United States and its oldest ally, France, have long been fraternal, but they've also been marked by deep French unease over their equality. ...