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Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Dec. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of...

US opens first round of resurrected peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce...

Russian foreign minister to meet with Pompeo in DC next week

Dec. 6, 2019 10:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's foreign minister will visit Washington next week for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. officials said Friday. Pompeo will host Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday for talks that are expected to be followed by a joint news conference, two officials said. It was not immediately...

US envoy: US has `other tools' if Iran's bad actions go on

Dec. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign and use “other tools” if Tehran continues its “malicious behavior.” Craft also told her first press conference since arriving at the...

UK Brexit envoy quits, slamming politicians' 'half-truths'

Dec. 6, 2019 1:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit envoy in Washington has quit, saying she no longer wants to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust.” Alexandra Hall Hall resigned as the embassy’s Brexit counselor with a letter slamming the British government’s use of...

World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

Dec. 6, 2019 11:37 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move that could see the case brought before the UN Security Council and a “snapback” of sanctions...

Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 6, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador Friday in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

China places new restrictions on American diplomats

Dec. 6, 2019 5:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will now require U.S. diplomats to give five days' notice before holding meetings with Chinese officials and academics in retaliation for a similar restriction by Washington. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing that the rule was a...

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 5:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...