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US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony to House impeachment...

The Latest: US envoy blasts Venezuela seat on UN agency

Oct. 17, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on voting for the U.N. Human Rights Council (all times local): 2:10 p.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says Venezuela's election to the Human Rights Council "is an embarrassment to the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela." Kelly Craft said...

The Latest: Johnson sure UK lawmakers will pass Brexit deal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he's confident that Parliament on Saturday will adopt the Brexit deal he reached with the European Union. Speaking minutes after the deal was adopted Thursday by European leaders, Johnson said it was...

The Latest: House committees set more impeachment interviews

Oct. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the testimony by U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland to House committees investigation impeachment (all times local): 1 p.m. Three House committees investigating impeachment have tentatively scheduled at least eight closed-door interviews next week, including one with Bill...

The Latest: Turkey: 71 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters killed

Oct. 17, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 8 p.m. Turkey's state-run news agency says a total of 71 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been killed since the start of a Turkish-led incursion into northeast Syria. Anadolu Agency said Thursday that another...

UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Oct. 17, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday. The report also said that for...

Mozambique's Frelimo appears headed for big election win

Oct. 17, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

BILENE, Mozambique (AP) — Unofficial results in Mozambique's elections point to sweeping victories for the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi, prompting some analysts to question the credibility of the polls and warn that the lopsided result may prolong the country's instability. Mozambique's...

Russia: 3 US diplomats stopped in explosion area

Oct. 17, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry says police stopped three American diplomats trying to enter an area of northern Russia where a secrecy-shrouded explosion at a navy range caused a brief spoke in radioactivity levels. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that the Americans, described...

Small Northern Irish party plays big role in Brexit talks

Oct. 17, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Democratic Unionist Party is a small Northern Irish political grouping with an outsized Brexit role. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson most likely needs the 10 votes the party has in Parliament if he is going to have any chance in getting any Brexit deal he negotiates with the European...

Diplomat says politicization of foreign policy disturbed him

Oct. 17, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial. The day's events, interrupted...