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Pandemic, politics drive Xi's absence from global talks

Nov. 03, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — This week's global climate talks in Scotland and the recent G-20 summit in Rome aren't the only international meetings that China's leader has not attended in person. Xi Jinping hasn't left China in nearly 22 months, since January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic first...

Biden cites 'overwhelming obligations' of US on climate

Nov. 01, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — In a markedly more humble tone for a U.S. leader, President Joe Biden acknowledged at a U.N. summit Monday that the United States and other energy-gulping developed nations bear much of the responsibility for climate change, and said actions taken this decade to...

Blinken raised concerns about Taiwan with China

Oct. 31, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as part of the Group of 20 summit on Sunday — an outreach designed to ensure that the intensely competitive relationship between the world's two largest economies doesn't veer into open conflicts....

Biden says pope has brought him comfort after son's death

Oct. 31, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — President Joe Biden reflected on his relationship with Pope Francis on Sunday as he neared the end of his visit to Rome, saying the pontiff has brought him “great solace” since the death of his son Beau more than six years ago. Biden was asked about his...

Biden winds up G-20 summit with dings at Russia, China

Oct. 31, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — President Joe Biden wrapped up his time at the Group of 20 summit on Sunday trying to convince Americans and the wider world that he’s got things under control — and taking Russia, China and Saudi Arabia to task for not doing enough to deal with the existential threat of...

G-20 make mild pledges on climate neutrality, coal financing

Oct. 31, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Leaders of the world’s biggest economies agreed Sunday to stop funding coal-fired power plants in poor countries and made a vague commitment to seek carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century” as they wrapped up a Rome summit before the much larger United Nations climate...

The Latest: Macron says Australia's Morrison lied to him

Oct. 31, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

The Latest on the Group of 20 summit in Rome: ROME — French President Emmanuel Macron said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him while he was secretly negotiating a submarine deal with the United States and Britain. Answering a...

'Last, best hope:' Leaders launch crucial UN climate summit

Oct. 31, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A crucial U.N. climate summit opened Sunday amid papal appeals for prayers and activists' demands for action, kicking off two weeks of intense diplomatic negotiations by almost 200 countries aimed at slowing intensifying global warming and adapting to the climate...

Highlights of what was agreed to at the G-20 summit in Rome

Oct. 31, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Leaders of the Group of 20 countries haggled for two days in Rome over steps to tackle climate change and a pandemic recovery that is diverging between rich and poor countries. Climate change dominated their summit, which ended just as an annual U.N. Climate Change Conference...

US, EU say deal on steel tariffs will help on climate change

Oct. 31, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — President Joe Biden said Sunday a new U.S. and European Union trade agreement would crack down on “dirty steel” that produces carbon emissions that are blamed for climate change and also patch up a trans-Atlantic rift over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs. ...