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EU urges N Macedonia to back proposed deal with Bulgaria

Jul. 05, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel urged North Macedonia on Tuesday to back a French-proposed compromise on ending a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria that's blocking the country's long-delayed European Union accession bid. Violent protests...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Israel's Lapid meets Macron in Paris on first trip as PM

Jul. 05, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday used his first trip abroad since taking office to urge world powers to step up pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities, calling the Islamic republic a threat to regional stability. Lapid met in Paris on...

US seeks focus on 'urgent' needs of Ukraine at Swiss meeting

Jul. 05, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat on Tuesday urged allies of Ukraine to help the war-battered country meet its “immediate and urgent” needs — not only longer-term rebuilding — as scores of countries wrapped up a two-day conference aimed at helping Ukraine recover from...

UK: Johnson revises story after ex-civil servant goes public

Jul. 05, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former top British civil servant said Tuesday that Boris Johnson’s office wasn’t telling the truth about sexual misconduct allegations against a senior member of the prime minister's government. Johnson has faced pressure to explain what he knew about previous...

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals — and possible political trouble in Turkey. The move further increases...

Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

Jul. 05, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart this week in Indonesia at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of the world’s leading industrialized nations, the State Department said Tuesday. Blinken will see...

Rwanda, Congo leaders to meet in Angola amid tensions

Jul. 05, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries, a Congolese government spokesman said. The two leaders on Wednesday will discuss bilateral relations and...

Spain boosts military spending to close gap with NATO goal

Jul. 05, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain is increasing military spending as it works toward meeting a NATO commitment by dedicating 2% of gross domestic product to defense, the government said Tuesday. Cabinet members approved a one-off expenditure of almost 1 billion euros (around $1.04...

Germany considers aid for struggling energy firms

Jul. 05, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has drawn up a plan that would allow it to aid struggling energy companies more easily — a move that comes amid efforts to shore up Uniper, Germany's biggest importer of Russian gas. The plan, approved Tuesday by the Cabinet but still requiring...