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Australia welcoming back French ambassador after sub spat

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian government ministers welcomed France's decision to return its ambassador to Australia and said Thursday they hoped the two nations could repair the damage from a cancelled submarine contract. "We welcome back the French Ambassador to Canberra, and ...

French senators meet with Taiwan’s Tsai at tense time

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of French senators visiting Taiwan as part of a regular parliamentary exchange met with President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday morning during a trip that comes in a particularly tense moment between Taiwan and China. Tsai spoke briefly before their meeting, giving ...

Zimbabwe reopens bars, but only for vaccinated drinkers

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is allowing bars to reopen for the first time in more than a year, but only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to take a swig from inside the premises. The southern African country closed pubs and nightclubs in March 2020 as part of restrictions to slow ...

Biden, China’s Xi expected to meet virtually by year’s end

ZURICH (AP) — With tensions rising between the global powers, President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting before year's end, according to the White House. The agreement in principle for the talks was disclosed after White House national security ...

WHO working to get COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The World Health Organization is working to ship COVID-19 medical supplies into North Korea, a possible sign that the North is easing one of the world's strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help. WHO said in a weekly monitoring report that it has ...

UN endorses world’s 1st malaria vaccine as ‘historic moment’

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the world's first malaria vaccine and said it should be given to children across Africa in the hope that it will spur stalled efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ...

Nobel in chemistry honors ‘greener’ way to build molecules

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding an ingenious and environmentally cleaner way to build molecules — an approach now used to make a variety of compounds, including medicines and pesticides. The work of Benjamin List and David W.C. ...

EU recommends relief funds for consumers hit by energy costs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged member countries to provide relief funds to consumers and small businesses hit hardest by rising gas and electricity prices, as criticism mounts that the bloc's climate change fighting policies are fueling the problem. In recent days, ...

Mexico’s Cancun airport passes pre-pandemic tourism mark

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico passed a milestone of sorts in September when the airport at the country's biggest coastal resort, Cancun, surpassed pre-pandemic levels of passengers. The Airports of the Southeast group, which runs the terminal at the Caribbean coast resort, said Wednesday it ...

EU leaders discuss defense, US and China relationships

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — European Union leaders met for the first time Tuesday since the messy Western troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and France's loss of a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Australia, events that they argue have exposed Europe's need for more autonomy on ...

China flies record 56 warplanes toward self-ruled Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew 56 fighter planes toward Taiwan on Monday in the largest show of force on record, continuing the three days of sustained military harassment against the self-ruled island. The first sortie of 52 planes included 34 J-16 fighter jets and 12 H-6 bombers, among ...

Italy’s center-left claim mayoral wins; populists slump

ROME (AP) — Italy's center-left forces, spearheaded by the Democrats, were sweeping to victory Monday in Milan and other big city mayoral races while clinching a runoff berth in Rome, where the populist 5-Star Movement's Mayor Virginia Raggi faced a stinging defeat, according to partial vote ...

Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders gather for a summit on how to keep engaging with their Western Balkans neighbors, the bloc's once-successful enlargement policy faces an impasse. The European Commission made repeated promises that the future of six countries in the region lies ...

Sweden issues international arrest warrant for blast suspect

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors issued an international search warrant on Tuesday for a tenant in an apartment building in Sweden's second-largest city after an explosion and a fire left 16 people injured last month. The man is suspected of attempted murder, arson and general ...

Black couple’s daring escape from slavery marked in London

LONDON (AP) — A Black couple who escaped slavery in the U.S. state of Georgia and fled to Britain to campaign for abolition have been honored with a historic plaque on their home in London. English Heritage on Tuesday marked the accomplishments of Ellen and William Craft with a blue plaque ...

Busy Canada-US bridge reopen after possible explosives

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — The busiest border crossing between Canada and the U.S. fully reopened late Monday afternoon following a police investigation into possible explosives found in a vehicle. Police said they detained one person in connection with the probe that for nearly seven hours ...

Haiti to UN Security Council: Help us handle gang violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Haiti's top diplomat implored the U.N. Security Council on Monday for help tackling gang violence and crime, saying the existing U.N. political mission needs to pivot toward strengthening security and law enforcement institutions in the crisis-wracked country. "It's vital to ...

Nicaragua’s President Ortega calls bishops ‘terrorists’

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's increasingly isolated President Daniel Ortega called Roman Catholic bishops "terrorists" Monday and said many countries would have arrested them. Ortega claims widespread protests that erupted in April 2018 were an attempted coup with foreign backing. ...

France, Spain press for changes as EU energy prices surge

BRUSSELS (AP) — France and Spain pressed Monday for changes to rules governing the European Union's energy markets as prices for gas and electricity surge, ramping up already-high utility bills and tightening yet another notch the belts of people hit hard by the coronavirus ...

UK pledges to hit all-renewable electricity by 2035

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — All of Britain's electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, the governing Conservatives announced Monday, saying the move would help end the country's reliance on imported fuel. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said "the only way to ...