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Bill repealing Iraq war powers advances in Senate

Aug. 04, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to finally repeal two decades-old measures giving open-ended approval for military action in Iraq, an early round of action in a growing Democratic push to reclaim congressional say over U.S. military strikes and deployments. ...

International conference on Lebanon raises $370 million

Aug. 04, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

SAULIEU, France (AP) — An international conference on Lebanon on Wednesday raised some $370 million in aid to meet the country's humanitarian needs, one year after the massive explosion at Beirut’s port, the French presidency said. The pledges, to be delivered over...

Red Cross questions Lithuania on trying to block migrants

Aug. 04, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international law. Lithuania, a member of the European Union, has faced a surge of mostly...

Daughter: German-Iranian woman sentenced to 10 years in Iran

Aug. 04, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The daughter of a German-Iranian rights activist said Wednesday that her mother has been given a prison sentence of 10 years and eight months in Iran. Mariam Claren wrote on Twitter that her mother, Nahid Taghavi, “did not commit any crime. Unless...

British navy group: Hijackers have left vessel off UAE coast

Aug. 04, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The hijackers who captured a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman departed the targeted ship on Wednesday, the British navy reported, as recorded radio traffic appeared to reveal a crew member onboard saying Iranian...

ASEAN ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Aug. 04, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay. ...

Indian navy ships to join exercises in Indo-Pacific

Aug. 04, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is sending four navy ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area. ...

Serbian ambassador to Russia dies in Belgrade

Aug. 04, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Miroslav Lazanski, Serbia’s ambassador to Russia and formerly a well-known journalist, has died. He was 71. Serbian media and officials said Wednesday that Lazanski died at his home in Belgrade from “the consequences of a heart attack.” ...

Detroit voters reject Proposal P and changes to city charter

Aug. 04, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Voters in Detroit on Tuesday rejected a ballot proposal that called for the creation of some new city departments, restructuring the police and fire departments, and linking water rates and public transportation fares to income. Proposal P called for...

EXPLAINER: What happens when Olympics and politics collide?

Aug. 04, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For all the International Olympic Committee talks of staying neutral, its games have long proven to be essentially and sometimes overtly political — for the Games overall, and often for the athletes who are intended to entertain the world in a two-week global show. ...