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Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

Nov. 19, 2019 4:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. The hostages — American, Kevin King and Australian Timothy...

Global shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Shares advanced in early European trading Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors awaited fresh developments in trade talks between the United States and China. France’s CAC 40 added 0.3% to 5,945.15, while Germany’s DAX rose 0.4% to 13,259.55. Britain’s FTSE...

The Latest: Taliban say they freed US and Australian hostage

Nov. 19, 2019 4:24 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The Taliban say they have freed two hostages — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — in southern...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army...

Mali says 24 soldiers killed in latest extremist attack

Nov. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mali’s military says 24 soldiers have died in the latest extremist attack as alarm grows about the vast Sahel region being used as a haven for fighters linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. Monday’s attack occurred amid a surge in assaults that have killed over...

N. Korea snubs US move to postpone military drill with South

Nov. 19, 2019 2:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it won’t consider a recent U.S. decision to postpone a joint military exercise with South Korea a major concession that can bring it back to nuclear talks. Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said the U.S. must completely scrap that military...

US, South Korea cut short meeting over sharing defense costs

Nov. 19, 2019 1:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean officials on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the allies remain far apart in negotiations for increasing South Korea’s contributions to the costs for maintaining the American military presence on its soil. U.S. negotiator James DeHart said the U.S. side...

About that call: What to watch on Day 3 of Trump impeachment

Nov. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves. And now, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams are set to tell Americans and the world about its content and their concerns as the lead witnesses in perhaps the most consequential week of the impeachment hearings against...

US failing to stop China from stealing research, report says

Nov. 18, 2019 10:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government has failed to stop China from stealing intellectual property from American universities and lacks a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the threat, a congressional report concluded Monday. The report says the FBI should be more effective and consistent in...