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Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt. Asian and African leaders plan to press for relief from politically...

Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes

Apr. 23, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said Tuesday she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015. Clooney represents...

Oil prices climb in wake of Iranian oil sanctions decision

Apr. 23, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Global oil prices are rising in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on nations that import Iranian oil and could eventually climb to levels that would impact American consumers. Analysts said Tuesday that by taking Iranian crude off the market, the price of...

The Latest: Analysts: Iran sanctions bullish for oil prices

Apr. 23, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. move to end Iran sanction exemptions (all times local): 4 p.m. Energy analysts at Raymond James & Associates are warning that U.S. imposition of tougher Iranian oil sanctions is "unambiguously bullish" for the price of oil. The analysts say in a report...

The Latest: Woman arrested in killing of N Ireland reporter

Apr. 23, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a journalist in Northern Ireland (all times local): 8:50 a.m. The Northern Ireland Police Service says they have arrested a woman under the Terrorism Act in the slaying of journalist Lyra McKee. The 57-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday under the terrorism act....

The Latest: Iran brushes off US decision on sanction waivers

Apr. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Iran has brushed off the Trump administration's decision to stop exempting countries from U.S. sanctions on its oil exports. In a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency on Monday, the...

US voices disappointment at delay in Afghan talks

Apr. 22, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban, according to a statement released Monday. The talks were scheduled to start this coming...

Iran's top leader picks new Revolutionary Guard chief

Apr. 21, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday appointed a new chief of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, picking a general with a history of threatening the U.S. just days after America designated the paramilitary force a terrorist organization. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's decision replaces...

South Sudan opposition seeks 6-month extension on peace deal

Apr. 21, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a power-sharing government between the president and his longtime rival. Opposition deputy chairman Henry Odwar told The...

Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

Apr. 21, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way. On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged...