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Horse-trading Iran hawks seize on Pompeo's Senate interest

Dec. 15, 2019 8:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a...

Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup

Dec. 14, 2019 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfill his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal

Dec. 14, 2019 9:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown....

The Latest: Macron: UK and EU will remain tied after Brexit

Dec. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Brexit election (all times local): 5 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Britain and Europe will remain inextricably tied even after Brexit, which is now set to take place on Jan. 31 after Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won a convincing majority in...

South Sudan allocates $40M to help integrate rival forces

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has allocated $40 million to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed opposition fighters to create a unified national army as the country emerges from a five-year civil war. This comes amid face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir...

Turkey protests US Senate vote recognizing Armenian genocide

Dec. 13, 2019 10:03 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned the ambassador from the United States on Friday to protest the U.S. Senate's approval of a resolution that recognizes as genocide the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago, an official said. U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield was summoned to the...

US envoy briefs Pakistan leaders on peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 13, 2019 5:34 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad briefed Pakistani leaders on Friday on last week's first official talks with the Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. Khalilzad met with Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood...

EU leaders break stalemate over climate target, claim deal

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders broke a deadlock early Friday and claimed a deal over a key climate target by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, sidestepping the objections of Poland, one of the blocs biggest economies. Two days after the EU's new commission chief unveiled her “European...

Senate confirms State Dept official as ambassador to Russia

Dec. 12, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a new ambassador to Russia after the Senate voted Thursday to confirm the No. 2 official at the State Department to the post. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan was confirmed by a 70-22 vote. An unusually large number of Democrats supported the nomination in the...

EU leaders set to reject Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to reject a maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other Mediterranean Sea countries, according to a draft summit statement. The border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last...