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Participants deflate balloons in hope of neutralizing and demolishing nuclear warheads, during a memorial gathering at Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. (Kyodo News via AP)

First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force

Jan. 22, 2021 2:40 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is now part of international law,...

President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

Jan. 21, 2021 6:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is otherwise set to expire in February, the White House said Thursday. Biden proposed the extension even as he asked the intelligence community to look closely into Russia's cyberattacks, its...

NATO warns against nuclear pact expiry days before deadline

Jan. 21, 2021 10:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called Thursday on the United States and Russia to extend a major nuclear arms agreement before it expires in less than two weeks, and to later broaden the pact to include more weapons and China. The New START treaty, signed in 2010 by U.S. President...

Albanian soldier dies in Afghanistan peacekeeping mission

Jan. 20, 2021 5:22 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday reported the death of a soldier in Afghanistan, the second from the tiny Western Balkan country to die during the international peacekeeping mission. The soldier, identified as Xhevahir Jazaj, died Tuesday night at 1810 GMT (1:10 p.m....

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen addresses European lawmakers during a plenary session on the inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

Jan. 20, 2021 8:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atlantic ties will be different in the future....

Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

Jan. 20, 2021 4:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in western Libya killed three people, including two officers, a Libyan spokesman said Wednesday. It was not clear what caused the overnight blaze at the academy in the town of Janzur, about 24 kilometers (14 miles)...

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden charts new US direction, promises many Trump reversals

Jan. 20, 2021 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop. Stabilize. Then move — but in a vastly different direction. President-elect Joe Biden is pledging a new path for the nation after Donald Trump’s four years in office. That starts with confronting a pandemic that has killed 400,000 Americans and extends to sweeping...

File---File picture taken Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and United States' Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

Survey: Major European allies optimistic about Biden admin

Jan. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will assume office amid a surge in optimism among major European allies, and at home, about the future of trans-Atlantic relations and American foreign policy in general, a poll showed Tuesday. Four years of President Donald Trump's “America First"...

Libya rivals meet in Egyptian resort for talks on elections

Jan. 19, 2021 10:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan officials from rival administrations began talks Tuesday in an Egyptian Red Sea resort on constitutional arrangements laying the legal groundwork for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, the United Nations said. U.N. acting envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right greets Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Germany, Turkey seek better EU-Turkish ties as tensions ease

Jan. 18, 2021 11:23 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The German and Turkish top diplomats on Monday sought to boost prospects of better relations between Ankara and the European Union as Turkey and neighboring EU member Greece embark on steps to solve a long-running dispute. Germany has been trying to help ease tensions between NATO allies...