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UN ‘concerned’ about Trump’s exoneration of 3 US servicemen

Nov. 19, 2019 7:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says it’s “very concerned” about U.S. President Donald Trump’s exoneration of three U.S. servicemen accused of war crimes, calling one pardon in a pending case “particularly troubling.” Office spokesman Rupert Colville...

The Latest: Family: Freed American now with US officials

Nov. 19, 2019 7:41 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The family of American hostage Kevin King who was released by the Taliban along with his Australian colleague says that King...

Esper urges ‘very public posture’ on Chinese sea claims

Nov. 19, 2019 7:35 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief on Tuesday urged governments affected by China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea “to take a very public posture” and assert their sovereign rights, adding that acting collectively is the best way to send a message...

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank

Nov. 19, 2019 7:32 AM EST

ALON SHVUT, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prime minister traveled to the West Bank on Wednesday to celebrate the U.S.’s announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. Benjamin Netanyahu called the Trump administration’s declaration, which...

Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

Nov. 19, 2019 6:33 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. The hostages — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy...

The Latest: China accuses US of ‘double standards’ on HK

Nov. 19, 2019 5:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 6 p.m. China has accused America of “double standards” after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Hong Kong government bears the prime responsibility for restoring calm to the former British colony. Chinese foreign...

Sri Lanka’s new president may struggle to form government

Nov. 19, 2019 4:22 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory. With many executive powers clipped and the opposition in control of a powerful Parliament, the former defense official who inspires respect but also fear may have difficulty...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

Nov. 19, 2019 2:49 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria on Tuesday and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital. Israeli air defense systems captured the...

Turkey issues warrants for 133 officers over coup links

Nov. 19, 2019 2:04 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 133 military officers over suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016. Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that 101 of the suspects were...