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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...

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...

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...

China, Germany promise closer financial cooperation

Jan. 18, 2019 5:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China and Germany promised Friday to open their markets wider to each other's banks and insurers, giving Beijing a burst of positive trade news amid conflicts with Washington and Europe. The two sides also affirmed support for a global trading system that other governments worry is...

Former Afghan national security adviser announces candidacy

Jan. 18, 2019 4:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A former national security adviser has registered as a candidate for president of Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to engage in peace negotiations to end the country's 17-year war. Mohammad Hanif Atmar, of the Peace and Moderation party, announced his candidacy Friday in an...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters. Soldiers fanned out, searching nearby shops for security cameras after a pair of...

Today in History

Jan. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2019. There are 347 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 18, 1957, a trio of B-52's completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft....

Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech

Jan. 17, 2019 10:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing their political powers from...

The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both flexing their political powers as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on...