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US forces returning to Philippines to counter China threats

Feb. 08, 2023 19:51 PM EST

SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Once-secret ammunition bunkers and barracks lay abandoned, empty and overrun by weeds — vestiges of American firepower in what used to be the United States' largest overseas naval base at Subic Bay in the northern Philippines. But that may change in...

Today in History: FEB 6, Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years

Feb. 07, 2023 15:01 PM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2023. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as...

Indigenous senator quits party over Australian referendum

Feb. 06, 2023 00:56 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia: (AP) — An Indigenous senator in Australia quit the minor Greens party on Monday in a disagreement over a referendum to be held this year that would create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Sen. Lidia Thorpe’s resignation illustrates deep divisions among...

ASEAN vows to conclude pact with China on disputed territory

Feb. 05, 2023 07:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers vowed to finalize negotiations with China over a proposed pact aimed at preventing conflicts in the disputed South China Sea in their annual retreat on Saturday in Indonesia’s capital. In the final session of their...

Regional leaders urge immediate cease-fire in eastern Congo

Feb. 04, 2023 13:12 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Regional heads of state have called for an immediate cease-fire by all parties in eastern Congo, where tensions have grown amid talk of war as Congo and neighboring Rwanda trade allegations of backing armed rebels. The communique issued Saturday at the end of...

Pope says South Sudan's future depends on treatment of women

Feb. 04, 2023 12:38 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that South Sudan’s future depends on how it treats its women, as he highlighted their horrific plight in a country where sexual violence is rampant, child brides are common and the maternal mortality rate is the highest in the world. ...

Pope in South Sudan warns leaders as peace process stalls

Feb. 03, 2023 13:52 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis, on a novel ecumenical peace mission to the world’s youngest country, warned South Sudan’s political leaders on Friday that history will judge them harshly if they continue to drag their feet implementing a 2018 peace accord. Accompanying...

Ethiopia's PM meets Tigray leaders for first time since war

Feb. 03, 2023 12:56 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister has met the leaders of rival Tigray forces for the first time since a devastating two-year conflict ended with a peace deal late last year. State media on Friday showed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed meeting with the Tigray side’s lead...

NATO urges Russia to respect nuclear pact with the US

Feb. 03, 2023 07:38 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO called Friday on Russia to respect the only treaty it has with the United States aimed at keeping a lid on nuclear weapons expansion and urged Moscow to allow on-the-ground inspections of military sites to resume. The so-called New START Treaty was signed by...

Israel FM: Fully normalized ties with Sudan later this year

Feb. 02, 2023 17:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel expects to fully normalize ties with Sudan sometime later this year, Israel's foreign minister said Thursday, after returning from a lightning diplomatic mission to the Sudanese capital. Eli Cohen spoke to reporters after a one-day trip to Khartoum that...