Germany says EU soon to launch Iran funding scheme
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is on the verge of launching an alternative channel to send money to Iran that would sidestep U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic, Germany's foreign minister said Monday.
The Latest: Israeli PM slams Iran over satellite launch
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Iran's failed satellite launch into orbit on Tuesday (all times local):
Israel's prime minister is accusing Iran of lying about its satellite launches.
Benjamin Netanyahu says that the supposedly "innocent satellite" launched on Tuesday was actually "the first stage of an intercontinental missile" Iran is developing in violation of international agreements.
Germany marks 20th anniversary of Nazi looted art agreement
BERLIN (AP) — German officials, Jewish leaders researchers and others have marked the 20th anniversary of the international agreement on returning art looted by the Nazis with new pledges and proposals aimed at breathing new life into the process.
EU, Asia leaders underline support for Iran nuclear deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — European and Asian leaders are giving their backing to the Iran nuclear deal, saying the pact is good for global security and that it's important to respect international agreements.
At a summit in Brussels on Friday, the leaders underlined their "collective support" for the 2015 deal curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions and say that it "is working and delivering on its goal."
International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory fish afloat in Pacific waters.
Bolton Calls Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Wretched’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran (all times local):
President Donald Trump's national security adviser says U.S. sanctions that kicked in against Iran Tuesday are meant to pressure the government into a broad retreat from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear program.
Federica Mogherini told reporters Tuesday during her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, that it's up to Europeans to decide whom they want to trade with.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to global warming, America's political climate may have changed more than the Earth's over the past three decades.
NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: "I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought we would have a sensible bipartisan approach to the problem."
EU, China vow to uphold Iran nuclear deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and China say they will do their utmost to keep afloat an international agreement to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons despite the U.S. abandoning the pact.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday that "we will be unswerving in upholding it."
Speaking alongside EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, he said the agreement has been endorsed by the UN and that "every party has the duty to implement it."
BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday called for an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program to be upheld following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's latest accusations about Iran's past nuclear activities.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China noted that the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency has certified on 10 separate occasions that Iran is honoring the agreement and that strict inspection measures are in place to ensure compliance.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Any talks between France and the United States on crafting a new nuclear deal with Iran can only "build on" on the current terms, the European Union's chief policy chief said Wednesday.
Federica Mogherini's remarks came in the wake of remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron after bilateral discussions with U.S. President Trump that work on a "new agreement" was possible.
Trump firmly against Iran nuke deal, ready for French President Macron’s pro-deal pitch
President Trump isn't backing off his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, the White House said Monday of the international agreement that is expected to be a top issue during the state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr. Trump has threatened to pull out of the Obama-era deal. Mr. Macron and others, including Iranian officials, have urged him to reconsider.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit pitting Texas against New Mexico and Colorado over access to water from the Rio Grande must be sent back to an arbitrator, also known as a special master, to resolve the dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send "an alarming message" to North Korea and impact all international agreements.
Russia slams US demands for Iran; Germany seeks more detail
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia spoke out strongly Monday against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow won't support the U.S. demand for changes in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that saw Iran accept curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions.
Turkey says it won’t accept Kurdish independence vote
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won't refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to abandon plans for a referendum on independence, saying it wasn't too late for them to turn away "from this adventure."
World powers rally to defend value of Iran nuke accord
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Top diplomats from Germany, Russia, China and Italy insisted Thursday there can be no turning back on the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump suggested that he may seek a renegotiation or simply walk away from the pact.
Q&A: Internet extremism and how to combat it
DETROIT (AP) — In the wake of Britain's third major attack in three months, Prime Minister Theresa May called on governments to form international agreements to prevent the spread of extremism online.
Here's a look at extremism on the web, what's being done to stop it and what could come next.
Q. What are technology companies doing to make sure extremist videos and other terrorist content doesn't spread across the internet?
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opponents Friday of failing to stand up to the United States over its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
May's office says she spoke to President Donald Trump after his announcement and "expressed her disappointment with the decision."
But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord cannot be renegotiated.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission president on Wednesday said that it was the "duty of Europe" to stand up to the U.S. if President Donald Trump decides to pull his country out of the Paris climate change accord.
Jean-Claude Juncker said that "the Americans can't just get out of the agreement," adding that "it takes three to four years" to pull out.
Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate
NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House meeting Tuesday where President Donald Trump's aides were to hash out whether to keep the U.S. as part of an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions has been postponed.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed the postponement on scheduling conflicts among some of the advisers who were expected to attend the meeting. She said the meeting will be rescheduled.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Germany's finance minister says he is confident that Britain will pay what it owes the European Union as it negotiates its exit from the bloc.
The EU wants Britain to pay a hefty divorce bill to cover pension liabilities for EU staff and other commitments that it has agreed to. British negotiators are sure to argue about the size of the bill.
Traffickers log Madagascar timber with impunity, study says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says at least 350,000 trees were cut down in protected areas in Madagascar between 2010 and 2015, reflecting minimal government controls over the country's rosewood and ebony timber.
The study released Tuesday by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group, says at least 150,000 tons of logs were illegally exported to China, Malaysia, Mauritius and elsewhere over the same period.
Chester, Lopez-Hoffman: We should not end 100 years of breaking down walls to help wildlife
Once a policy prospect, a hardened wall along the Mexico border has morphed into an imminent construction project. Conservationists have been fighting the idea for years out of concern for migratory species as pronghorn antelope and desert tortoises. But the millions of birds, bats and winged insects that can fly over a physical border are confronting a wall of a different sort - one made not of iron, wire and cinderblocks, but of antipathy, enmity and discord. These species cannot thrive without international cooperation.
Canada walks out as EU trade talks founder
BRUSSELS (AP) — Canada walked out of talks Friday meant to save a massive trade deal with the European Union, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that has been defying multinational efforts to have the pact signed next week.
Fighting back tears, Canadian International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said it had been impossible to overcome the differences with Wallonia, a French-speaking region of barely 3.5 million people.
EU celebrates Paris Agreement, claims credit at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The EU celebrated the Paris Agreement's imminent entry into force with a ceremony at United Nations headquarters on Friday, claiming credit for pushing the treaty that seeks to curtail the emissions of greenhouse gases past its final hurdle.
Poland, an EU member state, deposited the documents necessary for joining the treaty during the ceremony, bringing the number of EU countries that are party to the deal to eight.