Commitment

LONDON | The Latest: May says Brexit won’t see workers’ rights cut

LONDON  — Jan 14, 2019—The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:55 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to win support for her European Union divorce deal by promising that her government won’t try to water down environmental standards and workers’ rights after Brexit. The commitment is an attempt to gain backing from … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: May says Brexit won’t see workers’ rights cut

NEW YORK | Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

NEW YORK  — Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening. “I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I’ve been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you … Continue reading NEW YORK | Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

BRUSSELS | Despite Afghan deaths, slow peace moves, NATO vows to stay

BRUSSELS — Fifteen years after NATO took the lead on international security efforts in Afghanistan, the military alliance’s foreign ministers reaffirmed Wednesday their commitment to stay the course despite mounting Afghan casualties and the slow pace of peace moves. At talks in Brussels, the ministers underlined their “steadfast commitment to ensuring long-term security and stability,” … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Despite Afghan deaths, slow peace moves, NATO vows to stay

KATOWICE, Poland | Climate talks kick off in Poland with boost from G-20 summit

KATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Poland for talks on curbing climate change, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Envoys gathered Sunday in the southern city of Katowice, a day earlier … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | Climate talks kick off in Poland with boost from G-20 summit

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: G20 leaders agree on trade, not quite on climate

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Leaders of the Group of 20 have agreed to fix the world trading system — but only 19 of them agreed to support the Paris accord on fighting climate change. Applause rose up in the hall Saturday as … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: G20 leaders agree on trade, not quite on climate

PHOENIX | Ex-Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic congressman, dies

PHOENIX — Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona‘s first Hispanic member of Congress, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress until deciding in 2014 against running for re-election. Pastor won a 1991 special election for the … Continue reading PHOENIX | Ex-Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic congressman, dies

WASHINGTON | Longtime Trump personal aide to depart White House

WASHINGTON  — One of President Donald Trump‘s closest aides will be departing the White House in the coming weeks. Jordan Karem, the personal aide who has served as Trump’s “body man” and director of Oval Office operations since March, will be leaving the White House. He assumed the combined roles held by longtime Trump aides … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Longtime Trump personal aide to depart White House

LONDON | The Latest: Brexit: UK gives consent to Spain over Gibraltar

LONDON— The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Spain’s junior minister for the European Union says British authorities have consented to Spanish demands granting Madrid prior approval on matters relating to Gibraltar. Luis Marco Aguiriano says “we have a promise, a commitment, from the British government saying they … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Brexit: UK gives consent to Spain over Gibraltar

KARACHI, Pakistan | The Latest: China asks Pakistan to beef up mission security

KARACHI, Pakistan — The Latest on the attack on the Chinese Consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi (all times local): 1:30 p.m. China has asked Pakistan to beef up security after armed gunmen tried to storm the Chinese Consulate in Karachi. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in Beijing on Friday that China would … Continue reading KARACHI, Pakistan | The Latest: China asks Pakistan to beef up mission security

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pacific summit ends with no communique as China-US differ

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea— An acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree Sunday on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers the U.S. and China. The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby struggled to bridge differences on the role of the World … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pacific summit ends with no communique as China-US differ

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh | Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh  — Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go. United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who hopes to … Continue reading COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh | Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

SINGAPORE— Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have pushed back yet again an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a final agreement on the deal, which … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

BRUSSELS | EU foreign policy chief urges Serbia, Kosovo resolve ties

BRUSSELS — The European Union expects Serbia and Kosovo to “swiftly deliver” on their commitment to talks on normalizing relations, which is the key for the two nations to advance toward membership in the bloc, the EU’s foreign policy chief said Thursday. Federica Mogherini met with the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo as part of … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU foreign policy chief urges Serbia, Kosovo resolve ties

MOSCOW | Kremlin calls treaty exit without new deal offer ‘dangerous’

MOSCOW — The Kremlin said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump took “a dangerous position” by deciding to abandon an existing nuclear weapons treaty with Russia without offering anything to replace it. As Trump’s national security adviser prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin’s spokesman acknowledged the 1987 arms control deal had “weak … Continue reading MOSCOW | Kremlin calls treaty exit without new deal offer ‘dangerous’

SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

SINGAPORE  — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation. Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore. Mattis called the … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

ISTANBUL | The Latest: Pompeo: Saudis have commitment to accountability

ISTANBUL — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 12:50 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia has made a “serious commitment” to hold senior leaders and officials accountable in the case of missing journalist … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: Pompeo: Saudis have commitment to accountability

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Residents of hurricane-ravaged communities in Florida‘s Panhandle turned to volunteers and each other for help Monday, the fifth day without cell service, electricity or, in many cases, shelter. Trevor Lewis, a member of a six-person search-and-rescue unit, said he watched storm victims “cry out in joy” when his team let them … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Palestinians say they’ll stick to principles

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration and the Palestinians (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Palestinian Authority says it will not abandon its principles following the U.S. decision to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s office in Washington. The spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, says the Palestinian Authority will maintain … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Palestinians say they’ll stick to principles

BOSTON | Gov. Charlie Baker wins GOP vote, to face Gonzalez in fall

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate seeking a second term in solidly Democratic Massachusetts, fended off a primary challenge Tuesday from conservative minister Scott Lively, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who questioned Baker’s commitment to the Republican platform. Baker, who has distanced himself from Trump, will face the winner of the … Continue reading BOSTON | Gov. Charlie Baker wins GOP vote, to face Gonzalez in fall

WASHINGTON | Pentagon decides not to release $300M in aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON  — The Pentagon says it’s taken final steps to cancel $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan. The move earlier this summer reflects the Trump administration’s dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s commitment to assisting the U.S. strategy for pressuring the Taliban, whose leaders use Pakistan as a sanctuary. Pentagon officials say a request was submitted to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon decides not to release $300M in aid to Pakistan

BRUSSELS | Trying to keep nuclear deal alive, EU unveils Iran aid

BRUSSELS — The European Union is announcing its first financial support package to help bolster Iran’s flagging economy, part of the bloc’s commitment to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive. The European Commission unveiled Thursday a first tranche of 18 million euros ($21 million) — 8 million for the private sector, 8 million to cope … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Trying to keep nuclear deal alive, EU unveils Iran aid

HYDERABAD, India | Swedish IKEA opens 1st single-brand retail store in India

HYDERABAD, India  — Band music and loud cheers greeted hundreds of customers as Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA opened its first store in India on Thursday, five years after it received approval to invest in the country’s single-brand retail sector. The store in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, India’s information technology hub, is spread … Continue reading HYDERABAD, India | Swedish IKEA opens 1st single-brand retail store in India

HONOLULU | ‘Our boys are coming home;’ Pence welcomes Korean War dead

HONOLULU — In an emotional and solemn ceremony, the remains of dozens of presumed casualties from the Korean War were escorted by military honor guards onto U.S. soil on Wednesday, 65 years after an armistice ended the conflict and weeks after President Donald Trump received a commitment from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for … Continue reading HONOLULU | ‘Our boys are coming home;’ Pence welcomes Korean War dead

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

SYDNEY December 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —Two female couples tied the knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages. Jan. 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex weddings due to a four-week waiting period since the landmark law was passed. But the two couples were married in … Continue reading 2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings