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Syria's FM discusses constitutional committee with UN envoy

Sep. 23, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's foreign minister discussed Monday the formation of a constitutional committee and its work with U.N. special envoy Geir Pedersen who said that "all the outstanding issues" related to it were being addressed in talks. Pedersen's visit to Syria comes a week after U.N....

China says Taliban envoys discussed Afghanistan peace effort

Sep. 23, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Taliban envoys visited Beijing to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan with Chinese officials, the foreign ministry said Monday. The delegation was led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and head of its political office in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. Baradar...

Johnson says he'll tell Trump: Hands off UK health service

Sep. 23, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he'll tell U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.K.'s state-funded health service will be off the table in any future trade negotiations, and that the U.S. will have to open its markets to British goods if it wants to make a deal. Johnson said he...

'Deficit of trust': At UN, leaders of a warming world gather

Sep. 22, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The planet is getting hotter, and tackling that climate peril will grab the spotlight as world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations this week facing an undeniable backdrop: rising tensions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan and increasing nationalism,...

Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf as tensions heightened

Sep. 22, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. Hassan Rouhani...

AP interview: Colombia to denounce Maduro at UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor. Ivan Duque made the...

Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he's yet to close

Sep. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not...

Solomon Islands forms ties with China after Taiwan break

Sep. 21, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Solomon Islands formed diplomatic relations with China on Saturday after breaking ties with rival Taiwan, giving Beijing another victory in its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island it claims as part of its territory. The two governments announced in a joint statement they were...

American, Australian luminaries gather at White House dinner

Sep. 20, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A glittering crowd of American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security and presidential politics combined to cast a cloud over President Donald Trump. Not long before...

The Latest: Americans, Australians celebrate in Rose Garden

Sep. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the state visit to the U.S. by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (all times local): 10:30 p.m. American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security...