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Pompeo, NKorean official to meet about possible Kim summit

Jan. 18, 2019 9:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol on Friday for talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The State Department announced the late-morning meeting, and other...

Top US Navy officer urges China to avoid confrontations

Jan. 18, 2019 9:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top officer said he urged China to follow international rules at sea to avoid confrontations and insisted Friday that ships should be able to pass safely though disputed areas of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told...

Death toll in Colombia bombing rises to 21 as threats linger

Jan. 18, 2019 8:53 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities said Friday that a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the country's last remaining rebel group carried out a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead, raising tough questions about lingering security threats in the wake of a peace deal with...

Talks between US, NKorea take place in Sweden

Jan. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat has arrived in Sweden to take part an unannounced high-level meeting in Stockholm, officials said Friday. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Vilhelm Rundquist said Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui has landed in Sweden "to take part in talks in a...

EU cool on Arab League summit over Syria, Saudi concerns

Jan. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A month after European Union leaders prepared for a summit with Arab League nations, enthusiasm for the Feb. 24-25 meeting in Egypt is waning. EU diplomats expressed concern Friday that Syria could be invited back into the Arab League soon, and say that European leaders would be unwilling...

EU could snub US-Mideast meeting over Iran concerns

Jan. 18, 2019 7:34 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries appear ready to snub an international conference on the Middle East in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a U.S. drive to ramp up pressure on Iran. EU diplomats on Friday raised questions about the real agenda of the Feb. 13-14 conference, saying that it...

Zimbabwe in 'total internet shutdown' amid violent crackdown

Jan. 18, 2019 7:25 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe on Friday faced a "total internet shutdown," a media group said, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital after alleged assaults by security forces. "Our country is...

Germany calls on Russia to prevent a new arms race

Jan. 18, 2019 7:19 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Friday urged Russia to save a key arms treaty with the U.S., to prevent a new arms race as a deadline looms. U.S. President Donald Trump last year announced that the U.S. is going to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because of...

Khalilzad discusses Afghan peace process with Pakistani FM

Jan. 18, 2019 7:12 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials say U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Pakistan's foreign minister on the second day of his visit to Islamabad as part of efforts to find a peaceful solution to neighboring Afghanistan's 17-year war. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that during Friday's...

ICC judges: Former Ivory Coast president must remain jailed

Jan. 18, 2019 6:57 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister must remain in custody until judges issue a decision on a prosecution appeal against their unconditional release. Gbagbo and former youth...