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UN envoy seeks expanded Yemen truce to spur ceasefire talks

Aug. 15, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy for Yemen said Monday he is intensifying efforts to achieve an expanded truce between the warring parties that would hopefully lead to the start of talks on a ceasefire and preparations for resuming a Yemeni-led political process. Hans...

EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers' Taiwan trips keep riling China

Aug. 15, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan is high on the summer travel list for U.S. members of Congress on their August recess this year, as U.S. lawmakers make a point of asserting American support for the self-governed island despite objections from China. The payoff photos from this week's five-member...

China announces new drills as US delegation visits Taiwan

Aug. 15, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to renew tensions between Beijing and Washington after a similar recent visit by U.S. House Speaker...

Philippines eyes US helicopters after scrapping Russian deal

Aug. 15, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials are considering a U.S. offer to provide heavy-lift helicopters like its widely used Chinooks after Manila scrapped a deal to buy military choppers from Russia due to fears of Western sanctions, the Philippine ambassador to Washington said Monday. ...

EXPLAINER: Tension between Nicaragua and the Catholic Church

Aug. 14, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Earlier this month Nicaragua shuttered seven radio stations belonging to the Catholic Church and launched an investigation into the bishop of Matagalpa, Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, accusing him of inciting violent actors “to carry out acts of hate against the population.” ...

Colombia and ELN rebels begin moving to restart peace talks

Aug. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's new government and members of the nation's last guerrilla group took steps Friday toward restarting peace talks that were suspended three years ago in Cuba. After a meeting between representatives of both sides in Havana, Colombia's national peace...

Paraguay vice president to quit after US alleges corruption

Aug. 12, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Paraguay Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno said Friday he will resign next week shortly after he was included on a U.S. corruption list for his alleged involvement in offering bribes to a public official. The inclusion of Velázquez on the corruption list,...

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...

EU diplomats visit West Bank school slated for demolition

Aug. 12, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

KAFR MALIK, West Bank (AP) — European representatives on Friday visited a small schoolhouse serving an impoverished Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank that is under threat of demolition by Israel. The EU funds such construction in order to help Palestinians maintain their...

China renews Taiwan threats, island cites 'wishful thinking'

Aug. 11, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday renewed its threat to attack Taiwan following almost a week of war games near the island. Taiwan has called Beijing's claim to the self-governing democracy “wishful thinking" and launched its own military exercises. Taiwan’s “collusion with...