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U.S. Treasury: El Salvador government negotiated with gangs

Dec. 08, 2021 18:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele's government secretly negotiated a truce with leaders of the country’s powerful street gangs, the U.S. Treasury charged Wednesday, contradicting Bukele's denials and raising tensions between the two nations. The U.S...

Canada joins US and allies in Beijing Olympics boycott

Dec. 08, 2021 18:52 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will join the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. The announcement came after the White House, the Australian...

EXPLAINER: What does an Olympic diplomatic boycott achieve?

Dec. 08, 2021 17:47 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomatic boycotts of the Olympics aim to snub host nations while keeping athletes free to compete. A small cascade of government boycotts hit China on Wednesday, less than two months before the Beijing Olympics open. The impact of these political...

France tries to end crisis with Algeria, resume cooperation

Dec. 08, 2021 15:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — France's top diplomat sought to smooth over a months-long crisis with Algeria that stirred up colonial-era tensions, paying a visit Wednesday to Algiers, where the countries agreed to resume cooperation toward peace in Libya and on other international issues. ...

Tense nuclear talks with Iran to resume Thursday in Vienna

Dec. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European diplomat chairing the seventh round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers says negotiations in Vienna will resume Thursday. Enrique Mora said Wednesday on Twitter that the parties to the 2015 Vienna accord will meet in the Austrian capital after...

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...

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. ...

UK joins US, Australia in Beijing Winter Olympics boycott

Dec. 08, 2021 11:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — No U.K. government minister will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday, calling it “effectively” a diplomatic boycott. The announcement came after the White House and the Australian government confirmed...

US Olympic board member pushes quiet diplomacy in Peng case

Dec. 08, 2021 09:58 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's board of directors is among those echoing the IOC's call for behind-the-scenes negotiations to ensure the well-being of tennis player Peng Shuai. International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty, who...

USSR's death blow was struck 30 years ago in a hunting lodge

Dec. 08, 2021 08:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the leaders of the Soviet Union's three Slavic republics met at a secluded hunting lodge on Dec. 8, 1991, the fate of the vast country hung in the balance. With a stroke of their pens, they delivered a death blow to the USSR, triggering shockwaves that are still reverberating...