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Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent's main human rights body despite its 2014 annexation of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine. Foreign ministers from the council's 47 member states voted overwhelmingly to support a...

The Latest: FM says Iran is committed to nuclear deal

May. 15, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7 a.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal and criticized escalating...

Tensions over Iran show cracks in a time-tested alliance

May. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Gone, at least for now, are the halcyon days when strong military and political ties between Britain and the United States meant that Washington could assume it had a staunch partner for standing up to a foreign foe. Dating back to World War II and including joint actions against Kosovo,...

EU calls for calm, warns US-Iran of conflict 'by accident'

May. 13, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European foreign ministers urged the United States and Iran to show restraint Monday amid fears of tensions tipping them easily into armed conflict, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed his counterparts on the threats Washington sees emanating from the Islamic republic. The foreign...

The Latest: Pompeo says US will wait to see what Iran does

May. 8, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Iran's decision to step away from embattled nuclear deal (all times local): 7:15 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will wait to see if Iran follows through on threats to limit its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal before deciding how to...

Europeans struggle to preserve Iran nuclear accord

May. 8, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The world powers struggling to preserve a nuclear deal with Iran are facing an increasingly uphill battle, with a new deadline from Tehran on finding a solution to make up for last year's unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the accord and the increasing economic hardship that has put on the...

Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over 'pressing issues'

May. 7, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A planned meeting in Germany between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chancellor Angela Merkel was canceled at the last minute, according to the U.S. State Department Tuesday. Pompeo was due to meet Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin but State Department spokesman...

China, climate, Russia to dominate Pompeo Europe tour

May. 5, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is energizing its campaign to counter China's growing global influence as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe this week on a four-nation trip that will also highlight disputes with Russia over Venezuela and elsewhere as well as deep U.S. isolation on...

Germany's top security official decries neo-Nazi march

May. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official pledged Friday to act against far-right extremists after a neo-Nazi march in the eastern town of Plauen prompted outrage from mainstream politicians and Jewish groups. "There shouldn't be the slightest doubt that we don't want to see such images, that we...

Relatives of German bus crash victims arrive in Madeira

Apr. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Relatives of some of the 29 German tourists who died in a bus crash in Madeira arrived on the Portuguese island on Friday as investigators pushed on with the task of finding out why the bus veered off the road and plunged down a slope. German tour operator Trendtours said it had...