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Biden says 'mutual self-interest' with Russia key despite Navalny arrest

Washington - President Joe Biden said Monday he is "very concerned" by Moscow's crackdown on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and other actions, but said the United States and Russia need to cooperate on nuclear arms control.

Greece, Turkey hold first crisis talks since 2016

Istanbul - Greece and Turkey bowed to EU pressure on Monday and engaged in their first direct talks in nearly five years over an explosive standoff about eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights.

Greece, Turkey face first crisis talk since 2016

Istanbul - Greece and Turkey will bow to EU and NATO pressure on Monday and hold the first direct talks over their explosive eastern Mediterranean standoff in four years.

US says support for Taiwan 'rock-solid' as Chinese jets buzz island

Washington - The United States' commitment to Taiwan is "rock-solid", the State Department said late Saturday, as it warned that China's "attempts to intimidate" the island are a threat to regional peace.

For much of world, Biden means continuity

Washington - Joe Biden has begun his presidency with sharp breaks from Donald Trump in both substance and tone, from climate change to immigration to a general openness to working with the rest of the world.

Afghan officials welcome Biden plan to review US-Taliban deal

Kabul - Top Afghan officials on Saturday welcomed the Biden administration's decision to review a landmark US deal with the Taliban and focus on whether the insurgents have reduced attacks in Afghanistan in keeping with the agreement.

Biden administration to review US-Taliban withdrawal deal

Washington - The Biden administration said it will review a landmark US deal with the Taliban, focusing on whether the insurgent group has reduced attacks in Afghanistan, in keeping with its side of the agreement.

Biden speaks with Canada's Trudeau in first foreign leader call

Ottawa - In his first call to a foreign leader as US president, Joe Biden spoke with Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau Friday on a number of topics and made plans to continue the conversation next month, Ottawa and Washington said in separate statements.

Kremlin welcomes US offer to extend nuclear pact, seeks 'details'

Moscow - Russia and the United States drew closer Friday to extending a nuclear pact ahead of the fast approaching expiry date of the last arms control accord between the former Cold War rivals.

Iran calls on Biden to 'unconditionally' lift US sanctions

Tehran - Iran on Friday called on the new US administration to "unconditionally" lift sanctions imposed by Donald Trump on the Islamic republic to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, warning against any concessions.

UN, pope hail launch of anti-nuclear treaty

New York - The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons took effect Friday -- but the milestone is marred by the lack of signatures from the world's major nuclear powers.

Biden seeks five more years for last Russia nuclear pact but no 'reset'

Washington - US President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a five-year extension with Russia of New START, days before the expiration of the last nuclear reduction treaty between the two powers, but vowed to press Moscow hard on a host of concerns.

Biden proposes five-year extension of New START treaty with Russia

Washington - New US President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a five-year extension with Russia of New START, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the powers, but vowed to pressure Moscow on other fronts.

UN envoy urges 'substantial increase' in Central African Republic peacekeepers

New York - The UN envoy to the Central African Republic, Mankeur Ndiaye, on Thursday called on the Security Council for a "substantial increase" in peacekeeping operations in the country after recent deadly attacks by armed groups.

Wary EU eyes improved Turkey ties as FM visits

Apo - The EU and Turkey pushed Thursday to mend ties strained by tensions in the east Mediterranean as Ankara's foreign minister held talks with a string of top officials in Brussels.

US to review Yemen Huthi terrorist label, end Saudi support: Blinken

Washington - US President-elect Joe Biden's administration will quickly revisit the designation of Yemen's Huthi rebels as terrorists and end support to the devastating Saudi offensive on the country, his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said Tuesday.

EU chiefs express relief as 'friend' replaces Trump

Apo - The European Union's top officials expressed relief on Wednesday that they would again have a friend in the White House as Joe Biden replaces Donald Trump.

China dismisses Pompeo Uighur genocide claim as 'outrageous lies'

Bejing - China on Wednesday dismissed Washington's allegation that Beijing was committing genocide against Uighurs and other minorities as "outrageous lies" and "poison" in a rancourous epilogue to a combative period in relations between the superpowers.

China dismisses Pompeo Uighur genocide claim as 'outrageous lies'

Bejing - China on Wednesday dismissed Washington's declaration that Beijing was committing genocide against Uighurs and other minorities as "outrageous lies" and "poison".

Israel rights group breaks taboo with 'apartheid' tag

Jerusalem - An Israeli non-governmental organisation has accused the Jewish state of "apartheid" in its treatment of Palestinians -- a taboo-breaking move that has seen its representatives banned from speaking in schools.

EU chiefs express relief as 'friend' replaces Trump

Apo - The European Union's top officials expressed relief on Wednesday that they would again have a friend in the White House as Joe Biden replaces Donald Trump.

Iran hails end of 'tyrant' Trump, says 'ball in America's court'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the White House departure of "tyrant" Donald Trump, saying that "the ball is in America's court" to return to a landmark nuclear deal and lift sanctions on Tehran.

New foreign minister for South Korea ahead of Biden inauguration

Seoul - The man who told US President Donald Trump that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to denuclearise was named as South Korea's foreign minister Wednesday, hours before the inauguration of Joe Biden.

US declares China committing 'genocide' against Uighurs

Washington - The United States declared Tuesday that China is carrying out genocide against the Uighurs and other mostly Muslim people, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dramatically raising pressure over Beijing's sweeping incarceration of minorities on his last...

European public optimistic on Biden, concerned on US democracy

Washington - The European public is strongly supportive of US President-elect Joe Biden but is increasingly concerned about democracy in the United States following Donald Trump's tumultuous tenure, a survey said Tuesday.

Uganda slams US over attempted visit to confined opposition leader

Kanpala - Uganda's government spokesman on Tuesday accused the US ambassador of breaching diplomatic norms and engaging in "mischief" over her attempt to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is confined to his home.

Biden's top diplomat vows US will lead but restore alliances

Washington - Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to be secretary of state, will vow Tuesday that the United States will "outcompete" a rising China while reviving frayed alliances, in a sea change from Donald Trump's go-it-alone "America First" appro...

Mexico says drug case row won't affect US ties

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that tensions with the United States over the case of a former defense minister accused of cartel ties would not affect cooperation.

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Ankara - Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.

Iran deal architect among veterans named for Biden State Department

Washington - The lead US negotiator of the Iran nuclear accord and a battle-tested hawk on Russia were named Saturday to top posts in President-elect Joe Biden's State Department, signaling a return to a more traditional, multilateral approach after Donald Trump's ...
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