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Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort

Jan. 21, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps a...

Colombia pressures Cuba to turn over ELN rebel leaders

Jan. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia is pressuring Cuba to turn over leaders of the South American nation's last remaining rebel group who had been on the island for peace talks that have been stifled by the bombing of a police academy that left 21 dead. The National Liberation Army claimed responsibility...

Graham says he'll ask Trump to meet Pakistan, Afghan leaders

Jan. 20, 2019 12:04 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that they can devise a plan to end Afghanistan's 17-year war, the U.S.'s longest military engagement. Graham spoke at a news conference in...

Colombians flood streets to protest terror after car bomb

Jan. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians dressed in white poured into the streets Sunday to repudiate terrorism after a car bombing at a Bogota police academy killed 21 people and left dozens more wounded. Amid heavy security and loud chants of "Down with the terrorists!" and "No more violence," the...

US peace envoy: Washington wants to see peace in Afghanistan

Jan. 19, 2019 4:47 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Saturday that Washington was ready to "address legitimate concerns" of all Afghan sides in order to restore peace in Afghanistan. Since being appointed in September, Khalilzad has met with all sides, including the Taliban, Afghan officials and...

AP Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

Jan. 19, 2019 5:04 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict....

Suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple, kill 2 monks

Jan. 19, 2019 2:44 AM EST

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others, police said Saturday. The Friday night attack in Narathiwat province was the latest in a recent upsurge of violence in the area, which since 2004 has...

Colombia blames ELN for bomb, presses Cuba to arrest leaders

Jan. 19, 2019 12:08 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque said late Friday that he had...

Colombia asks Cuba to arrest ELN negotiators for car bombing

Jan. 18, 2019 11:39 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday demanded Cuba arrest 10 peace negotiators from the National Liberation Army after his government blamed the leftist group for a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead and dozens more wounded. In a televised address, the...

The Latest: Colombia's president reactivates arrest orders

Jan. 18, 2019 7:23 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the car bombing in Bogota (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Colombia's President Ivan Duque has reactivated arrest orders against the leaders of the county's last remaining rebel group after it was blamed for carrying out a car bombing on a police academy that left 21 dead....