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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...

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...

The Latest: NY teacher vaccine mandate temporarily blocked

Sep. 25, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge days before it was to take effect. The mandate for the the nation’s largest school system was set to go into...

India's Modi targets neighbors at UN, but not by name

Sep. 25, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't directly mention Pakistan or China in his Saturday speech to the United Nations General Assembly, but the targets of his address were clear. In a roughly 20-minute speech delivered in-person and in Hindi, he...

French hockey official Luc Tardif elected IIHF president

Sep. 25, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — French official Luc Tardif was elected president of the International Ice Hockey Federation on Saturday ahead of the return of NHL players to the Olympics in February. Tardif, who was born and raised in Canada, beat German candidate Franz...

Huawei executive returns as China releases 2 Canadians

Sep. 25, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — An executive of Chinese global communications giant Huawei Technologies returned from Canada Saturday night following a legal settlement that also saw the release of two Canadians held by China, potentially bringing closure to a nearly 3-year-long feud embroiling...

Kim's sister: NKorea willing to talk if Seoul shows respect

Sep. 25, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday that her country will take steps to repair ties with South Korea, and may even discuss another summit between their leaders, if the South drops what she described as hostility and double...