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Official: US at turning point in dealing with Myanmar crisis

Oct. 21, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States is at a turning point in deciding how to handle the crisis in military-ruled Myanmar, weighing further political and economic steps to pressure the government to change its behavior, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. ...

Israeli minister sees opportunity at UN climate conference

Oct. 21, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new environmental protection minister has set some ambitious goals: She believes she can use her office to play an important role in the global battle against climate change while also promoting peace in the volatile Middle East. Tamar...

UN urges leaders in central Africa to help end conflicts

Oct. 20, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged leaders in central Africa’s Great Lakes region Wednesday to seize the momentum of recent positive political developments to make progress toward ending conflicts and the illegal exploitation of gold and other natural resources in...

North Korea says its sub-launched missile didn't target US

Oct. 20, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hit back at U.S. criticism over its test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile this week, saying it was rightfully exercising its rights for self-defense and that the weapon doesn’t specifically target the United States. The...

US and EU ambassadors: Enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea

Oct. 20, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and several European countries on Wednesday condemned North Korea’s recent missile tests and said Pyongyang’s technical advances demonstrate the urgent need to ramp up implementation of U.N. sanctions on its nuclear and missile programs and its...

Ambassador pick emphasizes US strengths in countering China

Oct. 20, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick for ambassador to Beijing told lawmakers considering his nomination on Wednesday that Americans should "have confidence in our strength” when dealing with the rise of China, a nation he said the U.S. and its allies could manage. ...

Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for an inclusive government

Oct. 20, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday involving senior representatives of the Taliban and neighboring nations, a round of diplomacy that underlined Moscow's clout in Central Asia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the talks and...

U.S. Defense Secretary visits Romania amid Black Sea tour

Oct. 20, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Romania Wednesday as part of a three-country tour to reassure Black Sea allies on security issues amid ongoing tensions with Russia. Austin met with his Romanian counterpart Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, and...

U.S. congressmen complain about Mexico energy changes

Oct. 20, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Texas congressmen complained Tuesday about the Mexican government's attempts to limit competition in the electrical power sector. In a letter to U.S. Ambassador Ken Salzar, about 20 Texas congressmen and senators criticized changes proposed by...

N Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

Oct. 19, 2021 23:45 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday that it had test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine, in its first such underwater test-launch in two years and one it says will bolster its military's undersea capabilities. The test Tuesday...