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UN proposal seeks arms embargo and democracy in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve a resolution calling on Myanmar’s junta to restore the country’s democratic transition and for all countries “to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar,” diplomats said. The draft resolution...

US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

Jun. 17, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan ordered a near-complete lockdown Thursday because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees. Already on uncertain footing due to the imminent withdrawal of American forces from the country, the embassy in...

N. Ireland Unionist leader ousted amid turmoil in party

Jun. 17, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of the senior party in Northern Ireland's government resigned late Thursday after colleagues revolted over a deal to appoint new leaders to the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing administration. Edwin Poots, who was elected just a month ago,...

In trade row, UK asks EU to delay post Brexit 'sausage ban'

Jun. 17, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that Britain has asked for a three-month delay in bringing in some post-Brexit trade checks that are causing tension between the two sides, and instability in Northern Ireland. The EU’s executive Commission said the U.K....

Putin praises summit result, calls Biden a tough negotiator

Jun. 17, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the outcome of his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and called him an astute and shrewd negotiator. The two leaders concluded three hours of talks Wednesday at an opulent villa facing Lake Geneva by...

Biden abroad: Pitching America to welcoming if wary allies

Jun. 17, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first trip overseas highlighting a sharp break from his disruptive predecessor, selling that the United States was once more a reliable ally with a steady hand at the wheel. European allies welcomed the pitch — and even a longtime foe...

Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance as Islamic Republic votes

Jun. 17, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers hangs in the balance as the country prepares to vote on Friday for a new president and diplomats press on with efforts to get both the U.S. and Tehran to reenter the accord. The deal...

Macao closing office in Taipei amid rising Chinese pressure

Jun. 17, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

MACAO, China (AP) — The tiny Chinese autonomous region of Macao has joined its larger neighbor Hong Kong in closing its representative office in Taiwan as China seeks to intensify the diplomatic isolation of the self-governing island democracy. Macao gave no reason for...

Biden, Putin discuss ambassadors, nuclear weapons and more

Jun. 17, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia spent more than three hours discussing issues Wednesday at their summit in Geneva. They ticked through their respective lists so quickly and in such “excruciating detail,” Biden says, that they looked at each other and thought, “OK, what...

Biden trip takeaways: Respect, optimism, some skepticism

Jun. 17, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip put his diplomatic and negotiating philosophy on display, as he rallied traditional U.S. democratic allies to confront new and old challenges and offered an often rosy take on the possibilities of cooperation with Russian...