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This image taken with a slow shutter speed on Oct. 2, 2019, and provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 (Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty

Oct. 21, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging countries that have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons to withdraw their support as the pact nears the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, which supporters say could happen this week. The U.S. letter to signatories, obtained...

A group of Indigenous march during a national strike in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Workers' unions, university students, human rights defenders, and Indigenous communities have gathered for a day of protest in conjunction with a national strike across Colombia. The protest is against the assassinations of social leaders, in defense of the right to protest and to demand advances in health, income and employment. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Protesters in Colombia decry government pandemic response

Oct. 21, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Protesters filled a historic square in Colombia’s capital Wednesday to demonstrate against the government’s handling of a wide range of issues including the economic fallout of the pandemic and implementation of the peace accord. Indigenous leaders, students and union...

European Council President Charles Michel addresses the chamber on a report of last weeks EU summit during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

Oct. 21, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in hope of striking a deal within weeks to avoid a messy economic breakup at the end of he year. The announcement came five days after...

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

Oct. 20, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia inched closer Tuesday to a deal to extend their last remaining arms control pact, after U.S. threats to allow the deal to expire early next year. The two sides signaled they are ready to accept compromises to salvage the New START treaty just two weeks ahead...

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a press conference after talks with European Union envoy for the negotiations Miroslav Lajcak in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The EU has mediated the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the two former wartime foes for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia mulls Russian Defense Ministry presence

Oct. 20, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is thinking of allowing a Russian Defense Ministry presence in the Balkan country, something that could further strain its relations with the West. Serbia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that “legal proceedings” have been launched that...

People walk opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK's Lords condemns Brexit bill as UK-EU talks stay stalled

Oct. 20, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff continued between the U.K. and the European Union over future trade relations. The House of Lords voted 395-169 to add words...

Emirati officials pay first Israel visit after forging ties

Oct. 20, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A delegation of senior Emirati officials visited Israel on Tuesday for the first time since the two countries agreed to normalize relations, where they signed a slew of bilateral agreements meant to solidify their new ties. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accompanied Emirati Finance...

This image taken with a slow shutter speed on Oct. 2, 2019, and provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 (Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong/U.S. Air Force via AP)

Pentagon estimates cost of new nuclear missiles at $95.8B

Oct. 19, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 arsenal that has operated continuously for 50 years, officials said Monday. The estimate is up about $10 billion from four years ago. The weapons,...

English flags and a Union flag fly above a souvenir stand opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK, EU inch toward more Brexit talks but hurdles remain

Oct. 19, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union edged toward resuming their troubled trade talks on Monday, after the bloc's chief negotiator said he was ready to “intensify” negotiations on the legal text of an agreement. Britain's chief Brexit minister hailed that as evidence of significant...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center left, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, visit the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga is on an official visit to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool)

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Oct. 19, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on Monday, Suga and...