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Russia suspends its mission at NATO, shuts alliance's office

Oct. 18, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday suspended its mission at NATO and ordered the closure of the alliance's office in Moscow in retaliation for NATO's expulsion of Russian diplomats. Earlier this month, NATO withdrew the accreditation of eight Russian officials to its...

Reaction to Colin Powell's death from US and world figures

Oct. 18, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World figures are reacting to the death of Colin Powell, a Vietnam War veteran who rose to the rank of four-star general and became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then secretary of state. Powell died Monday of COVID-19 complications at age 84. ...

'He lied': Iraqis still blame Powell for role in Iraq war

Oct. 18, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — For many Iraqis, the name Colin Powell conjures up one image: the man who as U.S. secretary of state went before the U.N. Security Council in 2003 to make the case for war against their country. Word of his death Monday at age 84 dredged up feelings of...

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

Oct. 18, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers looked at ways on Monday to stop the illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia. The EU has accused the government of...

German minister faults airlines on Belarus migrant arrivals

Oct. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says airlines that fly would-be migrants to the European Union to Belarus should ask themselves whether they want to be part of a “smuggling ring” run by the country's authoritarian leader. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas'...

Hungary comes to Poland's defense over EU court ruling

Oct. 09, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government resolution Saturday welcoming a Polish constitutional court ruling that challenges the primacy of European Union law, and accusing EU institutions of overextending their powers. In the...

EU leaders fear Polish exit following court ruling

Oct. 08, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior officials from two founding members of the European Union expressed fears Friday that a Polish ruling challenging the supremacy of EU laws could trigger the country's exit from the 27-nation bloc. France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune,...

Germany, Denmark bring children, women home from Syrian camp

Oct. 07, 2021 04:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Denmark have brought home 11 women and 37 children from a camp in northeastern Syria where suspected Islamic State group members have been held, the German foreign ministry said Thursday. Germany repatriated 23 children and their eight mothers...

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

Sep. 28, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders. ...

Berlin memorial to Polish WWII victims moves a step closer

Sep. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A memorial in Berlin to the Polish victims of World War II has moved a step closer to realization, and Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday that construction should start during the next German parliament's four-year term. The project was mandated...