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Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

Apr. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and...

Northam won't be part of graduations amid blackface scandal

Apr. 16, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has withdrawn from plans to be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and won't participate in any other graduation ceremonies amid the persisting scandal over a blackface photo. News outlets report the Democrat is abstaining...

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Apr. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country. The...

US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital

Apr. 7, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. A small contingent of...

US renews call on Russian personnel to leave Venezuela

Apr. 5, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is renewing calls for Moscow to withdraw its military personnel from Venezuela, where they are helping prop up embattled President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS' mah-DOO'-roh). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that he's seen no...

Syrian FM says Trump administration 'lies' about withdrawing

Apr. 4, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Thursday that the Trump administration "lies" all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country, and that its decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights increases America's isolation, "even among its closest...

APNewsBreak: USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name change

Mar. 29, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — United Airlines offered Friday to withdraw from a $69 million deal to put its name on Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum following criticism that it would disrespect the stadium's history of honoring troops who fought and died in World War I. The airline made the offer to the University of...

Russia scoffs at US calls for withdrawal from Venezuela

Mar. 28, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. calls for Moscow to withdraw its military specialists from Venezuela, saying they are there to honor obligations under previous arms contracts. Asked to comment on Washington's demand for Moscow to pull out its personnel and halt other assistance to...

Russia says troop deployment to Venezuela fully legitimate

Mar. 27, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scoffed at the U.S. demand to withdraw its military personnel from Venezuela, saying that their presence in the country is fully legitimate. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement late Tuesday that the presence of Russian military personnel in...

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Mar. 22, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore...