Japan, New Zealand press for open markets to boost recovery

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Leaders from Japan and New Zealand on Friday warned countries against the temptation of retreating into trade protectionism, saying that keeping markets open is the way to restore a global economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking by video link from Tokyo to a meeting …

Ambassador visits Canadians detained in China in Huawei case

BEIJING (AP) – Canada’s ambassador to China has visited two Canadians detained for almost two years amid a dispute over the arrest of an executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei.

The Canadian government said that Ambassador Dominic Barton met with former diplomat Michael Kovrig on Thursday and with businessman …

China FM to visit Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s foreign minister announced Friday that his Chinese counterpart will visit Tokyo next week to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence.

“There are various issues of concern between Japan and China, and it is important that we …

Official: Ethiopia’s latest airstrike hits Tigray university

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A university official says the latest airstrike by Ethiopia’s military has struck the school in the capital of the defiant Tigray region and caused major damage, while the United States says neither side in the conflict is heeding calls for de-escalation.

The senior official described Thursday’s …

Pompeo visits Israel museum honoring Christian Zionists

JERUSALEM (AP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a trip to Israel on Friday with a visit to a museum in Jerusalem that honors Christian Zionists and was founded by a prominent evangelical adviser to the Trump administration.

The museum visit came a day after Pompeo became the …

Burkina Faso to vote amid escalating violence

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – Burkina Faso will vote in presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, amid escalating extremist violence that’s killed more than 2,000 people this year and displaced some one million people from their homes.

Speaking at a packed rally on his campaign tour in Bobo-Dioulasso town this …

Spain in diplomatic push over migrant flow to Canary Islands

MADRID (AP) – The Spanish government is ratcheting up its response to the steady build-up of migrant arrivals to the Canary Islands from Africa, including a fresh diplomatic offensive.

The ministers in charge of migration and transportation, José Luis Escrivá and José Luis Ábalos respectively, were on Friday visiting the …

UN prepares for up to 200,000 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – The United Nations refugee agency says about 32,000 people have fled Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region into neighboring Sudan, and it is preparing to take in up to 200,000 in the next six months if necessary.

Axel Bisschop, the agency’s representative in Sudan, told reporters that “nobody …

EU gives upbeat assessment of state of Brexit trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union issued Friday one of its most upbeat assessments of the state of post-Brexit trade negotiations, as the talks face an ever tighter deadline for a deal to enter into force for the start of the new year.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen …