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India's eastern coast on high alert as cyclone hits land

Sep. 26, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in two Indian coastal states are on high alert, with evacuations and preparations underway as a cyclone hit the eastern seaboard late Sunday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department said Cyclone Gulab, coming in from the Bay of Bengal,...

Marine, wife in Virginia aid Afghan linguist seeking asylum

Sep. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marine Lt. Col. Breck Perry came to know “E.Z.” while stationed in Jalalabad, in the eastern part of Afghanistan. “E.Z. was our platoon linguist,” said Perry, who is now stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico. “I developed a...

UN and Afghanistan's Taliban, figuring out how to interact

Sep. 26, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

It's been little more than a month since Kalashnikov-toting Taliban fighters in their signature heavy beards, hightop sneakers and shalwar kameezes descended on the Afghan capital and cemented their takeover. Now they’re vying for a seat in the club of nations and seeking what no country...

Turkey could buy more Russian missiles despite US warnings

Sep. 26, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States. In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would have to...

South Korea urges North to restore hotlines for any talks

Sep. 26, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday urged North Korea to restore dormant communication hotlines, a day after the North repeated an offer to open conditional talks. The North might be seeking to extract concessions about two weeks after it raised tensions by...

Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

Sep. 26, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where "peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of...

Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban

Sep. 25, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia, China, Pakistan and the United States are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises, especially to form a genuinely representative government and prevent extremism from spreading, Russia’s foreign minister said...

At UN, turmoil in Haiti, Ethiopia draws global concern

Sep. 25, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

The speeches may be scripted, but the U.N. General Assembly can sometimes be the only direct window into the regional challenges that command global concern. On Saturday, world leaders were speaking on behalf of some of the most unstable and unsettling current conflicts....

Canadians, Chinese executive return home in prisoner swap

Sep. 25, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — China, the U.S. and Canada completed a high-stakes prisoner swap with joyous homecomings for two Canadians held by China and for an executive of Chinese global communications giant Huawei Technologies charged with fraud, potentially bringing closure to a 3-year feud that...

Liu wins Nebelhorn to give US 3rd entry for Beijing Olympics

Sep. 25, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Two-time national champion Alysa Liu won the Nebelhorn Trophy women's competition on Saturday, giving the U.S. a third qualifying spot for the figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year. Liu led after her short...