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2022-01-14 21:32:33
by Kate Michael
European Green Deal Could Alter Trade, Investments and Politics Around the World

WASHINGTON — The European Union has claimed the role of global climate champion by taking charge of climate change discussions... Read More

WASHINGTON — The European Union has claimed the role of global climate champion by taking charge of climate change discussions and passing an ambitious set of policy initiatives that codify the bloc’s push for climate neutrality by 2050. But the... Read More

Mask Rules Get Tighter in Europe in Winter's COVID-19 Wave

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with... Read More

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules will help it... Read More

Russia Won't Rule out Military Deployment to Cuba, Venezuela

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday sharply raised the stakes in its dispute with the West over Ukraine, with a... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday sharply raised the stakes in its dispute with the West over Ukraine, with a top diplomat refusing to rule out a Russian military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States... Read More

US, Russia Hold Talks Amid Tensions Linked to Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on... Read More

GENEVA (AP) — Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine, part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in Europe this week. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei... Read More

With Salty Language, Macron Berates France’s Unvaccinated

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has provoked outcries in parliament and protests from election rivals by using a... Read More

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has provoked outcries in parliament and protests from election rivals by using a vulgarity to describe his strategy for pressuring vaccine refusers to get coronavirus jabs. Macron used the French word “emmerder,” rooted... Read More

Biden, Putin to Hold Call as Russia-Ukraine Tension Smolders

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are set to discuss the Russian troop buildup near Ukraine during their... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are set to discuss the Russian troop buildup near Ukraine during their second call in recent weeks amid little progress toward ending the smoldering crisis. Ahead of Thursday's call, the White House... Read More

Russian Court Orders Shutdown of Renowned Rights Group

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that one of the country’s oldest and most prominent human rights... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that one of the country’s oldest and most prominent human rights organizations should be shut down, a move that stirred up public outrage and is the latest step in a months-long... Read More

Omicron Spreads Global Gloom Over New Year's Celebrations

BRUSSELS (AP) — After struggling with the coronavirus for far too long, the world understands all too well Belgium's word... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — After struggling with the coronavirus for far too long, the world understands all too well Belgium's word of the year, “knaldrang!” — the urge to party, the need to let loose. Yet as New Year celebrations approach,... Read More

Young South Africans Learn of Tutu's Activism for Equality

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's activism for equality continues to reverberate among young South Africans, many... Read More

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's activism for equality continues to reverberate among young South Africans, many of whom were not born when the clergyman battled apartheid. South Africa is holding a week of mourning for Tutu,... Read More

2021-12-20 16:23:55
by Dan McCue
World Economic Forum Scraps Davos Meeting Over Omicron Concerns

DAVOS, Switzerland — For the second year in a row, the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the World Economic Forum’s... Read More

DAVOS, Switzerland — For the second year in a row, the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. The organization, which has been hosting the high-profile networking event for business executives, world leaders and... Read More

Data Indicate Omicron is Milder, Better at Evading Vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The omicron variant appears to cause less severe disease than previous versions of the coronavirus, and the Pfizer... Read More

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The omicron variant appears to cause less severe disease than previous versions of the coronavirus, and the Pfizer vaccine seems to offer less defense against infection from it but still good protection from hospitalization, according to an analysis... Read More

2021-12-13 21:14:16
by Kate Michael
Fashion and Diplomacy Come Together at Czech Embassy for Miss DC Send-Off

WASHINGTON — In a city where style is often overlooked or deliberately avoided, one diplomat is making it her mission... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a city where style is often overlooked or deliberately avoided, one diplomat is making it her mission to explain that fashion isn’t pejorative, but rather purposeful.  Indira Gumarova, wife of the Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček of the Czech... Read More

2021-12-10 17:16:56
by Tom Ramstack
England’s High Court Approves Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder for Espionage Trial

LONDON — England’s High Court of Justice on Thursday cleared the way for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange... Read More

LONDON — England’s High Court of Justice on Thursday cleared the way for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on espionage charges. It overruled a lower court’s ruling that blocked extradition because of a risk... Read More

UK Court Allows Assange's Extradition to US for Spying Case

LONDON (AP) — A British appellate court opened the door Friday for Julian Assange to be extradited to the United... Read More

LONDON (AP) — A British appellate court opened the door Friday for Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States by overturning a lower court's decision that the WikiLeaks founder's mental health was too fragile to withstand the American... Read More

India's Military Chief, 12 Others Killed in Helicopter Crash

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, and 12 others were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash... Read More

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, and 12 others were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in southern Tamil Nadu state, the air force said. It said in a tweet that the helicopter "met with a... Read More

End of an Era: Germany's Merkel Bows Out After 16 Years

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's... Read More

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005. Over the next 16 years, she was credited with raising Germany's profile and... Read More

Omicron Keeps World Jittery as More Information Drips Out

TOKYO (AP) — The omicron variant kept a jittery world off kilter Wednesday as Japan further tightened travel restrictions, infections... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — The omicron variant kept a jittery world off kilter Wednesday as Japan further tightened travel restrictions, infections linked to the new version of the coronavirus popped up in more places and new evidence made clear the mutant... Read More

World Takes Action as New Variant Identified in Southern Africa

BRUSSELS (AP) — A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. "The last thing we... Read More

China, US to Ease Restrictions on Each Other's Journalists

BEIJING (AP) — China and the U.S. have agreed to ease restrictions on each other's journalists amid a slight relaxation... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — China and the U.S. have agreed to ease restrictions on each other's journalists amid a slight relaxation of tensions between the two sides. The official China Daily newspaper on Wednesday said the agreement was reached ahead of... Read More

Austrian Unvaccinated Lockdown Starts Amid COVID Resurgence

BERLIN (AP) — Austria took what its leader called the “dramatic" step Monday of implementing a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated... Read More

BERLIN (AP) — Austria took what its leader called the “dramatic" step Monday of implementing a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people who haven't recently had COVID-19, perhaps the most drastic of a string of measures being taken by European governments... Read More

A Complicated Relationship: Biden and Xi Prepare for Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping have slurped noodles together in Beijing. They've shared deep thoughts about... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping have slurped noodles together in Beijing. They've shared deep thoughts about the meaning of America during an exchange on the Tibetan plateau. They've gushed to U.S. business leaders about developing a... Read More

2021-10-20 17:57:52
by Kate Michael
Experts Fear Travel Restrictions Have Unintended Consequences for Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Early advice from the World Health Organization warned against imposing travel or trade restrictions on countries experiencing COVID-19... Read More

WASHINGTON — Early advice from the World Health Organization warned against imposing travel or trade restrictions on countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. Now experts fear the decision by most countries to ignore this advice may have unintended consequences for the future... Read More

Panda Cubs at Tokyo Zoo Get Their Names

TOKYO (AP) — Giant panda twins born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June got their names Friday — Lei Lei... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — Giant panda twins born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June got their names Friday — Lei Lei for the female cub, and Xiao Xiao for her brother. They were chosen from hundreds of thousands of suggestions sent... Read More

2021-10-06 20:37:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Launches New Program and Targets for Preventing Maternal Deaths

The World Health Organization held a webinar this week to discuss how to prevent maternal deaths. Globally, roughly 295,000 women... Read More

The World Health Organization held a webinar this week to discuss how to prevent maternal deaths. Globally, roughly 295,000 women die each year due to complications during childbirth. Between 2000 and 2017, the average annual rate of reduction in global... Read More

Tensions Flare as Chinese Flights Near Taiwan Intensify

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing... Read More

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own... Read More

2021-10-05 19:38:57
by Victoria Turner
State Dept. Unveils Partnership to Combat Infrastructure Investment Corruption

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the goal of reducing... Read More

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the goal of reducing the risk of corruption in infrastructure investment by bolstering the ability of stakeholders to implement anti-corruption systems across economies.  The... Read More

2021-10-02 13:43:53
by Dan McCue
Tired of Endless Election Cycles? Perhaps the Dominican Republic Has The Answer

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Political candidates, parties, independent policy groups and their members and supporters in this island nation... Read More

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Political candidates, parties, independent policy groups and their members and supporters in this island nation all got a stiff warning recently -- if they campaign outside the prescribed times for that activity they will face... Read More

2021-09-30 13:53:35
by Kate Michael
Former CIA Official Knows Havana Syndrome is Real, Because He Has It

WASHINGTON — Just as the CIA was reportedly evacuating an intelligence officer in Serbia who had injuries consistent with Havana... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just as the CIA was reportedly evacuating an intelligence officer in Serbia who had injuries consistent with Havana Syndrome, guests of Harvard University’s Intelligence Project were asserting that brain injuries from “a new form of asymmetric deniable warfare”... Read More

US Officials: Biden Aide to Meet Saudi Crown Prince on Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom... Read More

China Declares All Cryptocurrency Transactions Illegal

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Chinese banks were banned from handling cryptocurrencies in 2013, but the... Read More

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