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France's role in NATO not in question despite US rift

Sep. 24, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As tensions between France and the United States simmered this week over an Indo-Pacific defense deal that sank a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract, a French general handed the baton of a key NATO command center to a fellow French air force officer. ...

NATO leader: Allies need to stand together amid sub flap

Sep. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With some powerful NATO allies at odds over a submarine sale, the alliance's leader suggested Tuesday that members need to focus on “the big picture” and not let the dispute between France and the U.S. and Britain open an ongoing rift. During...

After Norway election, Labor leader poised to become new PM

Sep. 14, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leader of Norway’s Labor Party will start talks Tuesday in an attempt to build a coalition after the center-left bloc beat the incumbent Conservatives and won Norway's general election. With all votes now counted, the Labor Party and its...

Norway's center-left heads to victory in general elections

Sep. 13, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The center-left bloc headed to a victory in Norway's elections Monday as official projections pointed to the governing Conservatives losing power after a campaign dominated by climate change and the future of the country’s oil and gas exploration industry. ...

NATO chief urges China to join nuclear arms control talks

Sep. 06, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged China on Monday to join international efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons amid concerns that the Asian superpower is rapidly developing missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads. Laying out his...

The Latest: New Zealand unable to get everyone out it wanted

Aug. 27, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand says it was not able to get everybody it wanted out of Afghanistan in time before the deadly attacks near Kabul’s airport brought its rescue mission to an end. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday she is not yet sure how...

G-7 leaders can't sway Biden to delay Afghanistan withdrawal

Aug. 25, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States clashed with some of its closest allies over President Joe Biden’s insistence on sticking to an Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal date that will shut down a frantic international evacuation effort from Taliban rule. Biden insisted...

The Latest: Official Taliban websites abruptly go offline

Aug. 20, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

BOSTON — Taliban websites that delivered the victorious insurgents’ official messages to Afghans and the world at large in five languages have abruptly gone offline. It is not immediately clear why the sites in the Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, English and Dari languages went...

NATO commits to improving operations at Kabul airport

Aug. 20, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers committed Friday to focus on ensuring the safe evacuation from Afghanistan of their citizens and of Afghans deemed at risk after the Taliban takeover, centering on improving operations at Kabul airport first. Faced with continuing...

The Latest: Food agency warns of hunger in Afghan conflict

Aug. 18, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — UNITED NATIONS — The head of the U.N. food agency in Afghanistan says a humanitarian crisis is unfolding with 14 million people facing severe hunger following the Taliban takeover of the country. Mary Ellen McGroarty, the World Food...