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Biden pledges new commitments, respect for tribal nations

Nov. 30, 2022 19:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged to give Native Americans a stronger voice in federal affairs, promising at the first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years that he will bolster tribal consultations, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in decision-making and...

Germany quits energy treaty, says it hampers climate goals

Nov. 30, 2022 08:34 AM EST

Germany has formally decided to abandon an international energy accord that fossil fuel companies had used to oppose measures against climate change, the country's energy minister said Wednesday. The move follows similar decisions by Italy, France, Spain and other European countries...

Russia says nuclear talks with US delayed amid differences

Nov. 29, 2022 16:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow has postponed a round of nuclear arms control talks with the United States set for this week because of stark differences in approach and tensions over Ukraine, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the decision to...

Russian diplomat says prisoner swap with US remains possible

Nov. 29, 2022 15:19 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and the United States have repeatedly been on the verge of agreement on a prisoner exchange, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday, adding that a deal is still possible before the year's end. The Biden administration has been trying for months to negotiate the...

Attorneys: 'Botched' execution caused pain and torture

Nov. 28, 2022 18:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prison staff strapped an inmate to a death chamber gurney, despite a court order in place at the time blocking the execution from going forward, and later subjected him to numerous needle jabs, including in the neck and collarbone region while an official held his...

US says Russia abruptly postpones arms control talks

Nov. 28, 2022 15:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that Russia has abruptly and without explanation postponed the scheduled resumption of arms control talks this week. The State Department said Russia had “unilaterally postponed” a meeting of the Bilateral Consultative...

Kidnappings, looting cited in Ethiopia's Tigray after truce

Nov. 27, 2022 02:41 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Allies of Ethiopia’s federal military are looting property and carrying out mass detentions in Tigray, according to eyewitnesses and aid workers. The accounts raise fresh concern about alleged atrocities more than three weeks after the warring parties...

Venezuela's gov, opponents resume talks; US eases sanction

Nov. 26, 2022 15:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuela’s government and its opposition on Saturday agreed to create a U.N.-managed fund to finance health, food and education programs for the poor, while the Biden administration eased some oil sanctions on the country in an effort to boost the newly restarted talks...

Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

Nov. 25, 2022 23:24 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international wildlife conference moved to enact some of the most significant protection for shark species targeted in the fin trade and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade. The Convention on International...

Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq's southern marshes

Nov. 23, 2022 05:13 AM EST

CHIBAYISH, Iraq (AP) — Abbas Hashem fixed his worried gaze on the horizon — the day was almost gone and still, there was no sign of the last of his water buffaloes. He knows that when his animals don't come back from roaming the marshes of this part of Iraq, they must be dead. ...