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Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf as tensions heightened

Sep. 22, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. President Hassan...

AP interview: Colombia to denounce Maduro at UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor. Ivan Duque made the...

Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he's yet to close

Sep. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not...

Solomon Islands forms ties with China after Taiwan break

Sep. 21, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Solomon Islands formed diplomatic relations with China on Saturday after breaking ties with rival Taiwan, giving Beijing another victory in its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island it claims as part of its territory. The two governments announced in a joint statement they were...

American, Australian luminaries gather at White House dinner

Sep. 20, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A glittering crowd of American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security and presidential politics combined to cast a cloud over President Donald Trump. Not long before...

The Latest: Americans, Australians celebrate in Rose Garden

Sep. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the state visit to the U.S. by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (all times local): 10:30 p.m. American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security...

Cuba: diplomat expulsions, gas crisis part of US offensive

Sep. 20, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said Friday that the U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats and energy shortages across the island are part of a Trump administration offensive that will fail to force concessions by his government. Rodríguez told reporters that Cuba was...

US envoy meets Israel's embattled PM to discuss peace plan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the Middle East met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, days after elections that left the Israeli leader's political future in doubt. Netanyahu suffered an apparent setback when he and his allies failed to secure enough seats for a narrow, right-wing...

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan, presaging switch to China

Sep. 20, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing's hand. Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Kiribati had officially notified his government of the decision. Kiribati is...

Green and gold for Australia at Trump's 2nd state dinner

Sep. 19, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will dine on filet of Dover sole under the stars in a Rose Garden arrayed in shades of green and gold in tribute to his country's national colors when President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner in more than a year on Friday. Morrison is...