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US says fate of nuclear pact up to Iran as talks resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is signaling that Iran shouldn't expect major new concessions from the United States as a new round of indirect nuclear talks is set to resume. ...

Belarus bans sale of Nivea cosmetics and Skoda cars

In reaction to sanctions imposed on Belarus, the government has prohibited the import and sale of goods made by three companies: Skoda Auto, which is 100% owned by the German automobile manufacturing ...

French FM in Lebanon with a message of 'great firmness'

BEIRUT (AP) — France's foreign minister began a visit to Lebanon Thursday with a message of “great firmness” to its political leaders, threatening to take additional measures against officials obstruc...

On the ground and afar, diaspora boosts India's virus fight

India's large diaspora — long a boon to India's economy — is tapping its wealth, political clout and expertise to help its home country combat the catastrophic coronavirus surge that has left people t...

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up a pressure campaign that began over Australian support for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus. ...

Danish pumps supply water to Crimea despite EU sanctions

Residents in most of the districts of Simferopol have had running water for 18 hours a day since the end of April, according to local media. That's three times as much access to water as in previo...

More than 200 NGOs call for UN arms embargo on Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 200 global organizations urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, saying the time for statements has passed and immediate acti...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 3 The Los Angeles Times on pushing Congress to enact sensible gun reform measures: ...

EU-China investment deal dead in water

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The landmark EU-China investment deal is on hold, with momentum to ratify the agreement unlikely to resume while relations between the bloc and its second-largest trade pa...

MediaTek poised to be Taiwan’s 2nd ‘silicon shield’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While the global spotlight is on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Taiwanese handset chipmaker MediaTek has also been yielding fruit amid soaring demand for h...

Iraq pushes vaccine rollout amid widespread apathy, distrust

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s vaccine roll-out had been faltering for weeks. Apathy, fear and rumors kept many from getting vaccinated despite a serious surge in coronavirus infections and calls by the govern...

US aims to mediate Russia-Ukraine conflict

There are new signs of hope in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signaled that he is not averse to a summit meeting with US President Joe Biden this summer....

US congressman: 'Window of opportunity' to engage Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Recent actions by Venezuela President Nicolas Madura are creating a “window of opportunity” for the U.S. government to engage with a South American leadership that the Trump ...

Spanish league to probe Messi's barbecue for teammates

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league said Tuesday it will investigate a gathering of Barcelona players at Lionel Messi’s home. Local authorities are also expected to check if a...

EU-China investment deal put on ice over sanctions

A diplomatic spat between the European Union and China has jeopardized a major investment agreement, officials said on Tuesday. EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told AFP news agency ...