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US likely to up Afghanistan force to ensure safe drawdown

Apr. 16, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will likely increase its troop presence in Afghanistan temporarily over the coming weeks and months in order to fulfill President Joe Biden's order to safely withdraw all forces from the country by Sept. 11, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon...

France, Germany, Ukraine call for Russian troops withdrawal

Apr. 16, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and Germany are demanding the withdrawal of Russian troop reinforcements recently deployed at the border with Ukraine, the German chancellor's office said Friday after the two heads of state held security talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy....

EXPLAINER: What's behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

Apr. 15, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup near its border with the region. Ukraine and the West have become worried about the Russian...

Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Apr. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a wary public on President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from the country and end America's longest war. ...

US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

Apr. 15, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal. ...

Biologists defy Cyprus' ethnic divide to protect environment

Apr. 15, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — There’s something regal in the sprightly step and curious gaze of the long-horn sheep that roam the hills near Varisia, an abandoned village inside a U.N. buffer zone that cuts across ethnically divided Cyprus. The endangered Mouflon sheep...

UN envoy: South Sudan has potential, needs to hold elections

Apr. 15, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — David Shearer said Wednesday he’s leaving the top U.N. job in South Sudan convinced the world’s youngest nation has the potential to become a tourist destination to rival any country in East Africa and the oil and mineral riches to spur economic progress — if it...

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end 'forever war'

Apr. 14, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the "forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 20 years ago cannot justify American forces still dying in the nation's longest war. His...

Trump-era spike of Israel settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...