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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday told French President Emmanuel Macron that his administration's handling of the U.S.-U.K. submarine deal with Australia was "clumsy."

Why it matters: The U.S. has been attempting to repair its relationship with France since the country declared a "crisis of trust" over the new Indo-Pacific security partnership known as AUKUS, which caused Australia to scrap a multibillion-dollar submarine contract with France.

  • France called the deal a "stab in the back" and recalled its ambassador to the U.S. for the first time in history.
  • Macron is now seeking concrete commitments from Biden to show that he's committed to the U.S.-France relationship, including more support for France's counterterrorism operations in Africa.

What they're saying: "What we did was clumsy, it was not done with a lot of grace," Biden said, calling France "an extremely, extremely valuable partner."

  • "I had been under the impression long before that France had been informed" about the deal, Biden added.
  • Macron signaled that France's relationship with the U.S. may be on the road to recovery: "We clarified together what we had to clarify," he said.

Between the lines: "As France and other European nations increase their air and maritime deployments in the region, the United States intends to increase its support and material contributions to these deployments," according to a joint statement issued after the meeting.

  • "As conveyed in the September 22 Joint Statement between the presidents, the United States and France will increase their cooperation in the Sahel," the statement continued. "Accordingly, the U.S. has committed additional assets in the Sahel to support counterterrorism efforts led by France and other European states."

Go deeper: What to watch from Biden and Macron's meeting in Rome

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Nov 10, 2021 - World

Iran works the room ahead of nuclear talks

An Iranian flag in front of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, Nov. 10, 2019. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Less than three weeks before indirect negotiations are set to resume between the U.S. and Iran about a possible return to the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran is holding talks with other signatories to the agreement to try to set the stage for the new round of negotiations.

Why it matters: The talks on Nov. 29 in Vienna will be the seventh round of negotiations since President Biden assumed office and the first round since Ebrahim Raisi was inaugurated as president of Iran.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Updated 4 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.