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Yemeni Shiite fighters stand guard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast plan in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.  (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UN: Warring parties in Yemen agree on major prisoner trade

Feb. 16, 2020 11:26 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to implement a long-delayed and major prisoner swap, the United Nations said on Sunday, in a sign that talks to end the disastrous war between the country's internationally recognized government and its Houthi rebels could be making progress. It would...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

Feb. 15, 2020 2:20 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising." Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, greets U.S. Senators Ron Johnson Chris, second left, Chris Murphy and John Barrasso during their visit in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukraine's president vows to end war, invites Trump to Kyiv

Feb. 15, 2020 8:51 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Zelenskiy said he...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 1989 file photo. a Soviet soldier waves as his armored convoy makes its way back to the Soviet Union along a north Afghanistan highway. Afghanistan is marking the 31st anniversary of the Soviet Union's last soldier leaving the country, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. This year's anniversary comes as the United States negotiates its own exit after 18 years of war, America's longest. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko, File)

Afghans mark Soviet withdrawal as US negotiates its own exit

Feb. 15, 2020 8:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan on Saturday marked the 31st anniversary of the last Soviet soldier leaving the country. This year's anniversary came as the United States negotiates its own exit after 18 years of war, America's longest. Some of the same Afghan insurgent leaders who drove out the...

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, Howard Buffett receives presents during a visit, with Colombia's President Ivan Duque, right, to a cocoa farm in La Gabarra, Colombia. As a philanthropist, Buffett's priority now is helping Colombia and El Salvador, whose fight against drug trafficking has a direct impact on the U.S. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Warren Buffett's son helps Colombia kick cocaine curse

Feb. 15, 2020 1:00 AM EST

TIBU, Colombia (AP) — With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter and trudges through the wet grass in steel-toe boots chewed through by his dog’s teeth. Waiting under a tin-roofed shack is a small group of coca farmers. They’ve never heard of...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani,during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal would call for negotiations between Afghans on both sides of the conflict to...

This photo taken on Monday Jan. 22, 2020 shows a gold miner holding gold in Kidal, Mali. A gold rush is underway in northern Mali in an area where al-Qaida-linked militants operate, raising concerns that new profits from the artisanal mining could benefit not only the local economy but also the Islamic extremists. A coalition of armed Tuareg rebels known as the CMA controls the Kidal region and its leaders are the ones overseeing the gold panning activities. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Gold panning in northern Mali may be benefiting extremists

Feb. 14, 2020 4:46 AM EST

KIDAL, Mali (AP) — A gold rush is underway in an area of northern Mali where al-Qaida-linked fighters are active, raising concerns that profits from artisanal mining could benefit not only the local economy but also Islamic extremists. A coalition of armed Tuareg rebels known as the CMA controls the Kidal...

Reconstituted Malian army returns to town of Kidal

Feb. 13, 2020 2:32 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's military returned to a longtime rebel stronghold with former rebels as well as regular soldiers making up the arriving force of hundreds Thursday, some six years after army forces retreated from the northern town of Kidal amid violence. Kidal has been under the control of...

Supporters of Paul McIntyre protest outside Londonderry Magistrates' Court, where he is appearing charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. A 52-year-old man appeared in court in Northern Ireland on Thursday in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee, a journalist shot dead during a riot involving Irish Republican Army dissidents last year. Paul McIntyre has been charged with murder, though police say they believe several people were involved and they are still seeking “evidence to bring the gunman to justice.” (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Man in court over killing of N Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Feb. 13, 2020 10:41 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A 52-year-old man appeared in court Thursday in Northern Ireland in connection with the killing of Lyra McKee, a journalist shot dead during a riot involving Irish Republican Army dissidents last year. Paul McIntyre has been charged with murder, although police say they believe several people...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, boards a plane as he departs on a multi-country trip, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Stormy US-Europe relations as top officials head to Munich

Feb. 13, 2020 9:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy priorities stand at pivotal moments as two high-level national security officials head to an annual security forum in Germany. Strains in the trans-Atlantic relationship have cast doubt on whether they can count on much help from...