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EU to make it harder for migrants to enter from Belarus

Dec. 01, 2021 13:18 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union migration officials offered Wednesday to ease the asylum-evaluation rules for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to what the EU has called a “hybrid attack” by Belarus to destabilize the bloc using migrants and refugees. The...

Belarusian leader accuses Lithuania of dumping dead migrants

Nov. 29, 2021 13:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday accused Lithuanian authorities of dumping the bodies of migrants on the border between the two countries — a claim rejected by Lithuania amid soaring border tensions between Belarus and its European Union neighbors. ...

Baltic lawmakers meet Taiwan's Tsai, stepping up cooperation

Nov. 29, 2021 04:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lawmakers from all three Baltic states met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday in a sign of further cooperation between European Union nations and Taiwan. It is the first joint visit to Taiwan by members of parliament from Latvia,...

Second group of Iraqis return after failed Europe gamble

Nov. 26, 2021 05:48 AM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Defeated but somewhat relieved, a second group of Iraqis on Friday returned home to northern Iraq after a failed quest to reach the European Union, citing maltreatment and abuse suffered at the hands of Belarusian authorities. Over 570 people...

China demands Lithuania mend rift over Taiwan relations

Nov. 22, 2021 06:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday demanded Lithuania end its newly enhanced relationship with Taiwan that has already prompted Beijing to downgrade diplomatic ties from the ambassadorial level with the EU-member nation. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said...

Poland: Belarus eyes using Afghan migrants as border pawns

Nov. 21, 2021 12:29 PM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland’s leader on Sunday warned against more possible migrant pressures on the European Union’s border with Belarus, this time coming from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke in Vilnius, the capital of...

China reduces ties with Lithuania in Taiwan spat

Nov. 21, 2021 05:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China reduced the level of its diplomatic relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level Sunday in retaliation for the Baltic nation allowing Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, to open a representative office. ...

China downgrades relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level after Baltic nation allows Taiwan to open office

Nov. 20, 2021 23:12 PM EST
BEIJING (AP) — China downgrades relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level after Baltic nation allows Taiwan to open office.

China threatens Lithuania over Taiwan office opening

Nov. 19, 2021 05:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday threatened to retaliate against Lithuania after the Baltic nation allowed Taiwan to open a representative office in its capital, Vilnius. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Lithuania would “reap what it sows,” but gave no...

Taiwan opens office in Lithuania, in move set to anger China

Nov. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Taiwan opened a representation office in Lithuania's capital Vilnius Thursday, in a move set to anger Beijing. The self-governing island and Lithuania agreed in July that the Vilnius office would bear the name Taiwan rather than Chinese Taipei...