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Envoy to Afghanistan says US not 'cutting and running'

Jul. 12, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday that America is not "cutting and running" from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. Zalmay Khalilzad...

While Trump praises Qatar, education officials seek scrutiny

Jul. 10, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

When President Donald Trump welcomed the emir of Qatar to Washington with a lavish Treasury Department dinner, the guest list included the president of Georgetown University, one of six U.S. schools that operate branch campuses in the tiny Persian Gulf nation. But even as Trump stood before his guests and praised...

Qatar says warplanes collide on training mission

Jul. 10, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's Defense Ministry says two warplanes have collided on a training mission. The ministry did not identify the types of aircraft involved in Wednesday's collision. It says the pilots were safe after ejecting, without elaborating. Qatar, a small nation on the Arabian...

Trump gives warm welcome to Qatar amid Persian Gulf disputes

Jul. 9, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave a warm White House welcome Tuesday to the leader of Qatar amid a bitter rift between the tiny, energy-rich nation and its fellow American allies in the Persian Gulf and rising tensions with Iran. Trump clasped hands with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin...

All-Afghan conference brings country closer to peace

Jul. 9, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan's warring sides ended Tuesday with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country's future and ending nearly 18 years of war. Washington's Peace Envoy...

On the eve of the World Cup final, Rapinoe calls out FIFA

Jul. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Megan Rapinoe called out FIFA on the eve of the Women's World Cup title match. Her criticism Saturday ranged from the gap in prize money between the men and women, to scheduling that put the World Cup final on the same day as the Gold Cup final in the United States and the Copa America...

US envoy hails latest talks with Taliban as the best ever

Jul. 6, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that for the first time he can report "substantive" progress on all four issues key to a peace agreement in the country's 17-year war, calling the latest round of talks with the Taliban the "most productive" so far. Zalmay...

US, Taliban scramble to finalize draft on troop withdrawal

Jul. 4, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban and U.S. negotiators are scrambling to finalize a draft agreement that will outline the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan and a verifiable Taliban guarantee to fight terrorism ahead of an all-Afghan peace conference Sunday. Officials familiar with the talks,...

In Libya, a rogues' gallery of militias

Jul. 3, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The airstrike that hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital early Wednesday killing more than 40 people and wounding dozens has raised concerns about the European Union's policy of partnering with Libyan militias to prevent migrants from crossing the Mediterranean....

All-Afghan peace summit set for July, but on Taliban terms

Jul. 2, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A surprise announcement by President Donald Trump seemed to accelerate the expected time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of an all-Afghan peace summit planned for July 7-8 in Qatar. The gathering apparently will be held on Taliban terms as there will be no official...