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US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

Dec. 02, 2021 03:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region” and vowed the U.S. would maintain its capability to deter potential threats posed by China. Austin made the...

Lebanese businesses pay steep price for standoff with Saudis

Dec. 02, 2021 01:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese DJ was days away from moving to Riyadh to play for a month in one of the newest entertainment centers in Saudi Arabia's capital when a brief, polite Whatsapp message informed her that the contract won’t go through. The head of a Beirut-based...

UN chief says aid and flights resuming to Ethiopia's Tigray

Dec. 01, 2021 20:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief had a piece of good news Wednesday in the midst of Ethiopia’s year-long war against forces from the Tigray region: 157 trucks with food and humanitarian aid arrived in Tigray’s capital for the first time in more than six weeks and another aid convoy...

Action delayed on Myanmar and Afghan requests for UN seats

Dec. 01, 2021 16:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee decided Wednesday to delay action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations. The announcement by the chair of the General Assembly’s...

Putin demands NATO guarantees not to expand eastward

Dec. 01, 2021 15:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would seek Western guarantees precluding any further NATO expansion and deployment of its weapons near his country's borders, a stern demand that comes amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. ...

Blinken says Russia could move on Ukraine 'on short order'

Dec. 01, 2021 12:27 PM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin could quickly order an invasion of Ukraine if he had a pretext for doing so but that NATO allies stand ready to inflict heavy sanctions on Russia’s economy if that happens. ...

Iceland police say homemade bomb found in Reykjavik dumpster

Dec. 01, 2021 09:25 AM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Three men were arrested after a homemade bomb was found in a residential neighborhood of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, police said Wednesday. The explosives were discovered Tuesday in a dumpster near an apartment building that houses the U.S....

Russia warns some US diplomats will have to leave by Jan 31

Dec. 01, 2021 08:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia warned Wednesday that a number of U.S. diplomats will have to leave Russia before the end of next month, the latest salvo in a diplomatic tug-of-war between Moscow and Washington. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said those U.S....

EXPLAINER: What are Colombia's ex-FARC splinter groups?

Dec. 01, 2021 00:07 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Biden administration revoked the terrorist designation of Colombia’s former FARC guerrilla army on Tuesday, five years after the rebel group signed a peace deal with the government. However, it imposed the same designation on two splinter groups that are still...

UN envoy warns of risk of new Israel-Palestinian violence

Nov. 30, 2021 20:02 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Tuesday that without quick and decisive action to address the key drivers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the region risks plunging into “another deadly escalation of violence.” Tor Wennesland told the U.N....