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UN Security Council condemns attacks on Afghan civilians

Aug. 03, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned deliberate attacks on civilians in Afghanistan and all instances of terrorism “in the strongest terms” on Tuesday, while declaring its opposition to restoration of rule by the Taliban. In a press statement...

Diplomats: ASEAN waiting on Myanmar approval of envoy

Aug. 03, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats have tentatively chosen a special envoy to help deal with the violent political crisis gripping Myanmar but must wait on approval from the military-ruled nation’s leaders before announcing it, two diplomats said Tuesday. ...

Ambassador: US orders 24 Russian diplomats out by Sept. 3

Aug. 02, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ambassador to the United States says Washington has ordered 24 Russian diplomats to leave the country by Sept. 3, a move that comes shortly after the U.S. said it had laid off nearly 200 local staffers working for its diplomatic missions in Russia. ...

Afghan president seeks defense of cities as Taliban advance

Aug. 02, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president on Monday blamed the American troops' speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said that his administration would now focus on protecting provincial capitals and major urban areas in the face of the rapidly advancing...

Pashinyan officially appointed Armenia's prime minister

Aug. 02, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has been officially appointed to the post by the country's president after Pashinyan's party won an early parliamentary election in June. The newly elected parliament convened for the first time on...

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

Aug. 02, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in...

Olympics Latest: Chen wins badminton gold in women's singles

Aug. 01, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Chen Yu Fei of China won gold in women’s singles...

Myanmar military extends emergency, promises vote in 2 years

Aug. 01, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader on Sunday declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years. “We...

First evacuation flight brings 221 Afghans, many kids, to US

Jul. 30, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home. ...

US bids 'do svidaniya' to Russian staff at Moscow embassy

Jul. 30, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States said Friday it has laid off nearly 200 local staffers working for its diplomatic missions in Russia ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline set by the Kremlin for their dismissal. The move is just the latest in a series of measures taken by both sides that have strained...