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Seoul: North Korea withdrew staff from liaison office

Mar. 22, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from an inter-Korean liaison office in the North on Friday, Seoul officials said. The development will likely put a damper on ties between the Koreas and complicate global diplomacy on the North's nuclear weapons program. Last month, the...

China's leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal

Mar. 22, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy's U.S. and European allies. Xi will be received Friday by President Sergio...

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

Mar. 22, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a...

AP Exclusive: Guaido's Citgo snubs US execs in Caracas jail

Mar. 22, 2019 1:21 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When the Trump administration paved the way for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to name a new board to run the U.S. affiliate of Venezuela's state oil company, it was a rare glimmer of hope for the American families of six oil executives jailed for over a year without a...

North Korea, seeking food aid, links sanctions to shortages

Mar. 22, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Kumkhop Trading Co. President Ri Jong Ho sweeps his hand over a table full of foods produced at his factory. There's a bowl of assorted candies and rice cakes, a plate of sausages and ham, slices of a French baguette and Russian dark bread. "We are doing fine," he says with a...

US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

Mar. 21, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election....

Nicaragua government, opposition to discuss prisoner release

Mar. 21, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government and opposition began negotiating Thursday how to carry out the release of hundreds of political prisoners arrested in the past year of unrest. President Daniel Ortega's government announced Wednesday it would free the prisoners within 90 days in exchange for...

US military vet recounts arrests in Haiti to AP

Mar. 21, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An American security contractor at the center of a mysterious case roiling Haitian politics says that he and a group of fellow veterans were sent to Haiti on a mission to protect a businessman signing a more than $50 million contract at the country's central bank. Chris Osman,...

The Latest: UN calls on Venezuelan parties to lower tensions

Mar. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The United Nations says it learned "with concern" about reports that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's chief of staff has been detained, and it renewed a call for all parties "to lower tensions...

Ex-Philippine officials accuse Xi of crimes against humanity

Mar. 21, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two former Philippine officials have taken the bold step of filing a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity over his government's assertive actions in the disputed South China Sea, which they say deprived...