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Envoy to Afghanistan says US not 'cutting and running'

Jul. 12, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday that America is not "cutting and running" from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. Zalmay Khalilzad...

Trump gives warm welcome to Qatar amid Persian Gulf disputes

Jul. 9, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave a warm White House welcome Tuesday to the leader of Qatar amid a bitter rift between the tiny, energy-rich nation and its fellow American allies in the Persian Gulf and rising tensions with Iran. Trump clasped hands with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin...

US envoy hails latest talks with Taliban as the best ever

Jul. 6, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that for the first time he can report "substantive" progress on all four issues key to a peace agreement in the country's 17-year war, calling the latest round of talks with the Taliban the "most productive" so far. Zalmay...

US, Taliban scramble to finalize draft on troop withdrawal

Jul. 4, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban and U.S. negotiators are scrambling to finalize a draft agreement that will outline the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan and a verifiable Taliban guarantee to fight terrorism ahead of an all-Afghan peace conference Sunday. Officials familiar with the talks,...

All-Afghan peace summit set for July, but on Taliban terms

Jul. 2, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A surprise announcement by President Donald Trump seemed to accelerate the expected time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of an all-Afghan peace summit planned for July 7-8 in Qatar. The gathering apparently will be held on Taliban terms as there will be no official...

US, Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war

Jun. 29, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that...

FIFA wants Saudis to stop pirated Women's World Cup TV feeds

Jun. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — FIFA wants Saudi-backed satellite broadcaster Arabsat to stop transmitting pirated feeds of Women's World Cup games from a Qatari network, part of an ongoing sports television rights dispute linked to the Gulf diplomatic crisis. Bootlegged feeds from Doha-based beIN Sports of top soccer...

UN court rejects UAE request in Qatar dispute

Jun. 14, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The highest U.N. court on Friday rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for interim measures to be imposed on Qatar in a racial discrimination dispute. The case centers on the boycott of Qatar by Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which were angry at Qatar's...

AP PHOTOS: Vibrant Qatar shrugs off Arab boycott

Jun. 5, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — To all appearances, life in the Qatar capital of Doha still glimmers, nearly two years after its Arab neighbors declared a boycott of the tiny country. Construction teams work around the clock to complete eight stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Visitors still flock to the city's...

Report says Sudan summons its envoy from Qatar

Jun. 1, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's state-run news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned the country's envoy from Qatar, a day after the satellite news channel Al-Jazeera said Sudanese authorities shut down its Khartoum bureau. Saturday's report by SUNA has quoted Babaker al-Amin, spokesman for the ministry, as...