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FILE- in this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Afghan security personnel gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan will need vast amounts of foreign funding to keep its government afloat through 2024, a U.S. agency said Thursday, even as foreign donors are increasingly angry over the cost of debilitating corruption and the U.S. seeks a peace deal with Taliban to withdraw its troops. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US: Taliban's 'reduction of violence' deal to start tonight

Feb. 21, 2020 8:20 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence" promised by the Taliban will go into effect, a senior U.S. State Department...

U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Grenell is meeting Serbian President Vucic in order to move the dialogue and normalize relations between the two sides.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Trump makes unconventional pick to oversee 'deep state'

Feb. 20, 2020 11:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made an unconventional pick to oversee America’s spy agencies: an unusually undiplomatic ambassador who has had little intelligence experience. The appointment Thursday of Richard Grenell, an outspoken Trump loyalist, as acting director of national...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, a protester holds a sign that reads in Creole

UN envoy: Haiti's political crisis sends economy tumbling

Feb. 20, 2020 10:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The political impasse that has paralyzed Haiti is sending its economy deeper into recession, with 4.6 million people needing humanitarian aid — and there is no immediate end in sight, the U.N. envoy for Haiti said Thursday. Helen La Lime told the U.N. Security Council that the...

Georgia blames Russia for cyberattack, US, UK agree

Feb. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian authorities on Thursday accused Russia's military intelligence of launching a large-scale cyberattack that targeted the government and private organizations with the goal of destabilizing the ex-Soviet nation . The United States and Britain also weighed in, strongly...

Libya's warring parties resume talks in Geneva

Feb. 20, 2020 3:22 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday. United Nations spokesman Rheal Leblanc said the two sides have resumed meetings in...

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell listens Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during a press conference after their meeting, in Belgrade, Serbia.  Grenell urged the new Kosovo government to abolish punitive tariffs on Serbian goods that have blocked negotiations between the two Balkan rivals. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

How Trump's new intel chief stacks up against predecessors

Feb. 20, 2020 3:12 PM EST

President Donald Trump's new acting director of national intelligence is facing criticism that he doesn't have the right experience for the job. Richard Grenell is the American ambassador to Germany and he's served as a spokesman in various roles in government. But he has little background in intelligence or in...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Irqah Palace, in the capital Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Thursday, February 20, 2020. Pompeo met with King Salman in the capital, Riyadh, on Thursday. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for visit focused on Iranian threats

Feb. 20, 2020 12:58 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the crown prince on Thursday to discuss shared security interests in the Gulf and threats from Iran. He also toured a sprawling desert air base in Saudi Arabia where a few thousand U.S. troops are...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 21, 2018 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  South Sudan rival leaders on Thursday Feb. 20, 2020, announced they have agreed to form a coalition government. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)

South Sudan rival leaders agree to form coalition government

Feb. 20, 2020 10:44 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a coalition government just two days before the deadline, a breakthrough after months of delays and a major step in the emergence from a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people in the...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as he arrives at Munich International Airport, in Munich, Germany on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation's top intel official

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced. “Rick has...

Serb member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, right, gestures during a parade marking the 28th anniversary of the Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka, Bosnia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Bosnia's Serbs celebrated on Thursday their self-declared holiday that has been disputed as discriminatory by the country's other ethnic groups and its top court. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)

Bosnian Serb leader calls for dissolution of Bosnia

Feb. 20, 2020 8:55 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Bosnian Serb leader on Thursday renewed calls for Bosnia’s dissolution and pledged to block decision-making in the country’s institutions, a move slammed by Western envoys as a challenge to the U.S.-sponsored peace agreement that ended Bosnia’s...