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Taliban say 'another' meeting in Middle East with US

Dec. 16, 2018 10:46 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say "another" meeting is to be held with the United States, this time in the United Arab Emirates and involving representatives of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. The terse statement from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the meeting would be held...

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Dec. 16, 2018 8:08 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. But...

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

Dec. 16, 2018 5:02 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Sudan's president on Sunday became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago. Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport by Syrian President Bashar Assad before they both headed to the presidential palace, where they held...

Canada gets access to detainee in China 6 days after arrest

Dec. 16, 2018 2:27 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's ambassador to China was given access Sunday to detained Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor six days after he was arrested, the country's Global Affairs department said. Ambassador John McCallum also met with ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig on Friday. Both were detained in China last...

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

Dec. 16, 2018 1:24 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Speaking the day after Ukrainian bishops approved the charter for a religious authority...

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

Dec. 16, 2018 1:17 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people and wounded two dozen Sunday, activists and local security said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops. The spike in attacks follows Turkish...

Turkey expects 'concrete steps' from US on cleric's return

Dec. 16, 2018 10:25 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister is expressing impatience with the United States for not extraditing a cleric whom the Turkish government alleges masterminded a failed 2016 coup. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during Sunday that Turkey has demanded the return of 84 suspects from the U.S.,...

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

Dec. 16, 2018 8:42 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader at Mansu...

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

Dec. 16, 2018 7:45 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official. "We have been watching the situation in this area for some time now and have a good...

Pakistan summons Iran envoy over militant attack near border

Dec. 16, 2018 2:40 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has lodged a protest with Iran over the killing of six paramilitary troops who were ambushed by militants while patrolling the border. The Foreign Ministry says it summoned Iran's ambassador to demand it take action against the armed group responsible for the attack. No one has...