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Chinese, Taliban representatives to meet in Qatar

Oct. 25, 2021 07:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Taliban representatives during a trip this week to the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, an official said Monday. The talks during Wang’s visit, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, are the latest high-level...

Kosovo's president orders 2 Russian diplomats expelled

Oct. 22, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats for allegedly "endangering national security,” the Balkan country's president said Friday, accusing Russia of trying to destabilize the region. President Vjosa Osmani said in a statement...

Putin says new pipeline could quickly pump more gas to EU

Oct. 21, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia could quickly boost natural gas supplies to the European Union once German regulators allow a new pipeline under the Baltic Sea to start operation. Speaking on a wide range of international and...

Libya conference aims to salvage planned December elections

Oct. 21, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya is hosting an international conference aimed at resolving the country's thorniest issues ahead of general elections planned for December. Western, regional and United Nations representatives are meeting Thursday in the capital, Tripoli. According to...

Greece to shelter Afghan human rights workers, families

Oct. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Greece has agreed to shelter a group of 35 Afghan human rights workers and their families following a short stay in neighboring North Macedonia. North Macedonia’s government said the 35 had been transported Thursday to Greece, the latest...

NATO weighs Afghan lessons of waging major ops abroad

Oct. 21, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers are weighing Thursday what lessons to draw from the almost two-decade-long military mission in Afghanistan, including whether the world’s biggest security organization should even undertake major operations outside Europe and North America. ...

Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize Wednesday in a clear slap at President Vladimir Putin. In awarding the...

Russia ups defense ties with Belarus amid tensions with NATO

Oct. 20, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense chief on Wednesday voiced concern about a buildup of NATO forces near the country's borders, and called for stronger defense ties with neighboring Belarus. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted recent efforts to boost military cooperation...

U.S. Defense Secretary visits Romania amid Black Sea tour

Oct. 20, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Romania Wednesday as part of a three-country tour to reassure Black Sea allies on security issues amid ongoing tensions with Russia. Austin met with his Romanian counterpart Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, and...

US defense secretary underlines support for Ukraine

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine on Tuesday, underlining Washington's support for the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity amid a tense standoff with Russia. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the U.S. as...