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French minister decries 'duplicity' in U.S. submarine deal

Sep. 18, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister on Saturday denounced what he called the “duplicity, disdain and lies” surrounding the sudden rupture of France's lucrative contract to make submarines for Australia in favor of a U.S. deal and declared that a crisis is at hand among the Western...

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal

Sep. 17, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — America’s oldest ally, France, recalled its ambassador to the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger that dwarfed decades of previous rifts. The relationship conceived in 18th century revolutions appeared at a tipping point after the...

Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal

Sep. 17, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily...

Nuclear submarine deal will reshape Indo-Pacific relations

Sep. 16, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they're forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The alliance will see a reshaping of relations in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Here's what it might...

Australia: Strategic shifts led it to acquire nuclear subs

Sep. 16, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has canceled a contract with France for conventional submarines and instead will build nuclear-powered submarines using U.S. technology because of changing strategic conditions in the region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday. ...

Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia

Sep. 15, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It's...

Biden, leaders of Australia, India, Japan to meet in person

Sep. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to host the leaders of Australia, India and Japan for a four-way meeting later this month to strategize about COVID-19, climate change and other issues. Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced Monday that Australian Prime Minister...

India, Australia call for global action in Afghanistan

Sep. 11, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Top ministers from India and Australia on Saturday called for international anti-terror efforts in Afghanistan, bolstering mutual security ties and blunting China's growing regional assertiveness. Australia's foreign and defense ministers met their...

Indonesia, Australia urge Taliban to respect rights of women

Sep. 09, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The foreign minister of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, urged the Taliban on Thursday to respect the rights of women and not allow Afghanistan to become a breeding ground for extremist activities. Retno Marsudi made the...

Australia won't allow UN climate goals in UK free trade deal

Sep. 09, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government confirmed Thursday that it refused to allow climate change goals to be written into a proposed free trade deal with Britain, as pressure mounts on it to make more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions. Prime...