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Ex-Colombian rebels, kidnapping victims meet face to face

Jun. 23, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Men and women who were kidnapped by Colombian’s biggest guerrilla group during a decades long internal conflict met face to face with their captors Wednesday during an event meant for the rebels to admit their responsibility, a step toward reconciliation...

Israel's new government OKs first settlement construction

Jun. 23, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli defense ministry body advanced plans for 31 West Bank settlement construction projects Wednesday, the first such move under the country’s new government. The plans approved by the Civil Administration include a shopping center, a special...

UN urges world to push Afghanistan from battlefield to talks

Jun. 22, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s top envoy for Afghanistan urged the international community on Tuesday to do everything possible to push the Taliban and the government from the battlefield back to the negotiating table, warning that “inertia” and the lack of action might lead to more...

Taliban take key Afghan district, adding to string of gains

Jun. 21, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its recent battlefield victories while peace talks have stalemated. ...

Armenian leader's party wins snap vote despite defeat in war

Jun. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Results released Monday showed that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan. With all precincts counted,...

Armenian PM's party far ahead with partial election results

Jun. 20, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Partial results in Armenia’s snap parliamentary elections show a strong lead for the party of acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, who called the election in a bid to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan. But as the count...

Sheriff, pipeline opponents keep the peace at Enbridge site

Jun. 19, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) — Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson spent a lot of time in the sun. By the time folks occupying the Fire Light camp finished their ceremonies and broke camp, his clean-shaven head was a bright shade of red. Despite a nasty sunburn and some...

Polarized by war, Armenia votes Sunday in an early election

Jun. 19, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's leader is facing a tough challenge at the polls after a humiliating defeat for Armenian forces in last year's fighting with Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the early...

Palestinians call off 1M dose vaccine exchange with Israel

Jun. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority called off an agreement whereby Israel would transfer 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to it in exchange for a similar number later this year, hours after the deal was announced on Friday. The Palestinians said the...

Afghan peace envoy fears pullout will embolden Taliban

Jun. 18, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — The Afghan government’s chief peace envoy expressed fears on Friday that the Taliban will have no interest in a political settlement with the U.S.-supported administration in Kabul after the scheduled departure of American and NATO forces. ...