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  • Polish minister: Country against further gas emission cuts 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 12:20 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's new environment minister said Wednesday he is against further cuts in carbon gas emissions, a key topic during climate talks next week in Paris.

  • UN official: Further progress made in Cyprus peace talks 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 10:31 am

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus have made further progress and the island's rival leaders are confident remaining issues can be resolved soon, a U.N. envoy said Wednesday.

  • Revised nuclear deal between South Korea, US takes effect 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 5:39 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - A new nuclear treaty with the United States governing South Korea's commercial nuclear activities during the next 20 years went into effect Wednesday, the South Korean government said.

  • China, US promise better protection for business secrets 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 1:18 am

    BEIJING - U.S. and Chinese trade envoys on Tuesday promised to work together to protect business secrets and Beijing appeared to give ground in a dispute over proposed technology security rules for its banks.

  • The Latest: Myanmar leader thanked for move toward democracy story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 7:27 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Ten Southeast Asian heads of state and nine world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are meeting in Malaysia to discuss trade and economic issues. Terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea are also on the agenda. (All times local.)

  • In Asia, Obama takes softer tone on human rights, corruption story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 4:12 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - In Southeast Asia, President Barack Obama has taken a softer tone on human rights and corruption in a part of the world that rights groups claim is rife with abuses.

  • Obama hails 'very strong' relations with Singapore 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 2:18 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - President Barack Obama says relations between the U.S. and Singapore are strong and that the Asian nation is an excellent international partner.

  • SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • US eyes food exports to growing Asia under TPP trade pact story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 6:21 am

    TOKYO - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended Friday a recently agreed-to 12-nation Pacific trade pact, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership would provide a counterbalance to China's growing influence in the region while also opening up promising Asian markets with their burgeoning middle class.

  • In Ohio, Bill Clinton stresses importance of public service story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 7:28 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday stressed the importance that public service will play in an increasingly interdependent world.

  • Prosecutors: Man convicted in Russia for fatal NYC stabbings 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:44 pm

    NEW YORK - A man who authorities say fatally stabbed his wife and her adult daughter in New York before fleeing to Russia has been tried and convicted overseas - marking the second time anyone has been convicted in Russia for a crime committed in the U.S., prosecutors said Thursday.

  • Libyan-American group files complaint to UN about envoy 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 3:18 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Libyan-American group said Thursday it has filed a complaint with the United Nations demanding it investigate the circumstances surrounding the hiring of the U.N.'s former envoy to Libya by the United Arab Emirates, which backs one of the country's rival governments.

  • Obama pitches trade deal, deeper cooperation with Japan 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:44 am

    MANILA, Philippines - President Barack Obama is using a meeting with Japan's prime minister to pitch a free-trade deal among Pacific Rim countries and emphasize a close partnership between the U.S. and Japan.

  • Obama promotes trade deal in Asia story has photos
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:27 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - When President Barack Obama gathered his partners in a new trade deal to celebrate finalizing the massive accord, the group posed for a fast photo, shook some hands and got back to work.

  • Palestinian leader discusses failed peace effort 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 2:01 pm

    JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has shined new light on the breakdown of a potentially history-altering round of 2008 peace talks, saying that he rejected an offer from Israel's Ehud Olmert - which included placing Jerusalem's Old City under international control - because he was not allowed to study the map.

  • US, Cuba sign first environmental accord since thaw 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 1:16 pm

    HAVANA - The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles (140 kilometers), the first environmental accord since announcing plans to renew diplomatic relations.

  • In Keystone snub, Obama tries to lockdown his climate legacy story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-07-15 8:40 am

    WASHINGTON - For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming. Now that he's killed the project, Obama is holding it up as Exhibit A as he works to lock in his environmental legacy with a powerful international climate accord.

  • Timeline of China-Taiwan relations leading to historic meet 
    Updated: Nov-07-15 4:18 am

    BEIJING - China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. They have in recent years set aside that dispute to build trust and sign economic cooperation deals, and their presidents met for the first time Saturday.

  • US-South African agricultural trade hangs in the balance 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 9:06 am

    JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is holding urgent discussions in an attempt to avert a U.S. suspension of part of a trade agreement between the two countries that provides an important boost to this nation's economy, officials said on Friday.

  • Timeline of China-Taiwan relations leading to historic meet story has photos
    Updated: Nov-06-15 3:52 am

    BEIJING - China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. They have in recent years set aside that dispute to build trust and sign economic cooperation deals, and their presidents will meet for the first time Saturday.

  • Chinese official: Parties must agree how to resolve disputes 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 7:19 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese official praised the U.N. International Court of Justice on Thursday and called the Chinese government "an active advocator for peaceful settlement of disputes" - but he stressed that all parties must agree on the means to settle differences.

  • Job creator or job killer? A look at the Pacific trade deal. 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 4:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - The sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal now being debated would cover everything from Vietnamese labor unions to copyright protections to trade in sockeye salmon. With the details having been released Thursday, a furious dispute is expected in the United States and some of the 11 other countries that negotiated it.

  • Taiwan-China meeting leaves many on island democracy wary story has photos
    Updated: Nov-05-15 6:18 am

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is running into skepticism at home over his impending historic meeting with China's president, aimed at locking in the dialogue that he has built - from zero - with Beijing during his nearly eight years in office.

  • Details of controversial Pacific trade deal are released story has photos
    Updated: Nov-05-15 5:47 am

    WASHINGTON - Details of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal released Thursday set the stage for a raucous debate in the U.S. Congress but also may provide reassurances to those who worried the agreement could gut protections for the environment, public health and labor.

  • UN report: South Sudan rival sides expanding arms stockpiles 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 8:14 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A United Nations panel of experts says both sides in South Sudan's conflict are expanding their weapons stockpiles and violating a peace deal. But the U.N. Security Council is not moving forward with the arms embargo and sanctions it has repeatedly threatened for such actions.