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Blinken faces global challenges in round-the-world trip

Dec. 08, 2021 13:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will confront a number of daunting global challenges as he embarks this week on an around-the-world diplomatic tour that will test the Biden administration’s resolve on various fronts . From Russia and Ukraine to China and...

Biden: "Severe consequences" for Putin if he attacks Ukraine

Dec. 08, 2021 12:32 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow will face a severe economic pain if it tries to attack Ukraine, but promised prospective talks to address Russia's concerns about NATO's expansion. Biden said he was...

Serbia moves to defuse protests over Rio Tinto lithium mine

Dec. 08, 2021 12:26 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia's populist government decided Wednesday to suspend two key laws that would help mining giant Rio Tinto launch a lithium mine in western Serbia. For two consecutive weekends, thousands of protesters...

Slovakia eases virus lockdown but not for the unvaccinated

Dec. 08, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government decided Wednesday to ease the country's current lockdown for vaccinated people and those who have recovered from COVID-19 but the restrictions for the unvaccinated. Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky said starting on Friday, all...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 08, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 7 The Kansas City Star on Sen. Bob Dole and the spirit of compromise: Robert J. Dole — war hero, senator, presidential candidate, Kansan — has died, at the age of 98. ...

Czechs to deploy troops in Poland to guard Belarus border

Dec. 08, 2021 11:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government approved a plan Wednesday to deploy 150 service members in Poland to help guard the border with Belarus. Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said they will have a mandate to stay in Poland for 180 days. Both houses of Czech Parliament...

Bosnian security chief accused of corruption in weapons sale

Dec. 08, 2021 10:34 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia’s security minister has been formally charged with malfeasance and corruption over the irregular sale of weapons and military equipment a decade ago when he held the post of defense minister. The Balkan country's top court on Wednesday...

Germany-wide police raids target alleged worker trafficking

Dec. 08, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police and customs officers conducted dozens of raids across the country Wednesday and arrested at least nine people in a crackdown on the alleged human trafficking of temporary workers from outside the European Union. Federal police in Berlin tweeted that the...

Japanese tourists dock at International Space Station

Dec. 08, 2021 10:01 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Japanese billionaire and his producer rocketed to space on Wednesday and reached the International Space Station several hours later, the first visit by self-paying space tourists to the orbiting outpost in more than a decade. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and...

Nigerian migrant found dead in Polish forest near Belarus

Dec. 08, 2021 09:53 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The body of a migrant believed to be from Nigeria was found in a forest near Poland's border with Belarus, Polish police said Wednesday, the latest death resulting in a standoff at the European Union's eastern border. The death was reported a day after a...