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In Asia, Biden pushes values he struggles to sell at home

May. 24, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Joe Biden spent his first trip to Asia as president strengthening economic and military commitments. He pushed new rules for the global economy and promoted democracy in launching a new trade pact. And he summoned fellow Indo-Pacific leaders to do more in defense of Ukraine even if...

Live updates | Wife: Ukrainian commander at Mariupol alive

May. 24, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

KYIV —The top military commander who fought until last week to keep Ukrainian control of the southern port city of Mariupol is alive in Russian-controlled territory, his wife said Tuesday after holding a brief telephone conversation. Kateryna Prokopenko, who is married to Azov...

No warmth for Russia at diplomatic conference on Antarctica

May. 24, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russia received a frosty reception Tuesday at the start of an international conference on managing and protecting Antarctica, a rare point of diplomatic contact between Russia and other nations since the start of the war in Ukraine. Dozens of countries are...

Chinese FM to visit Solomon Islands amid security pact worry

May. 24, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Solomon Islands this week in what the South Pacific nation’s leader said was a “milestone” in his country’s relationship with China, amid concerns that their new security pact could allow Chinese military personnel on the islands....

Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

May. 23, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, declaring the commitment to protect the island is “even stronger” after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of Taiwan's...

EXPLAINER: US keeps world guessing on Taiwan stance

May. 23, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in less than a year, President Joe Biden has stirred controversy with his comments about Taiwan. The latest example came during his visit to Japan, when a reporter asked if the United States would respond militarily if China invaded the island. ...

Ex-rebel emerges as favorite in Colombian presidential race

May. 23, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

FUSAGASUGA, Colombia (AP) — Flanked by bodyguards with bulletproof shields, Gustavo Petro stood on a stage and lashed out at Colombia's political elite in a speech to the residents of Fusagasuga, a rural town where farmers are struggling. The leftist presidential candidate spoke of...

Biden launches Indo-Pacific trade deal, warns over inflation

May. 23, 2022 07:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations Monday aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it is "going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic...

EXPLAINER: What's in Biden's proposed new Asia trade pact?

May. 23, 2022 04:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden faced a dilemma on trade in Asia: He couldn't just rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership that his predecessor had pulled the U.S. out of in 2017. Many related trade deals, regardless of their content, had become politically toxic for U.S. voters, who associated...

US announces 12 countries join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a pact designed to bolster trade with Asian economies

May. 23, 2022 03:42 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — US announces 12 countries join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a pact designed to bolster trade with Asian economies.