Latest International relations News

Syria's FM discusses constitutional committee with UN envoy

Sep. 23, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state news agency SANA says the country's foreign minister has discussed the formation of a constitutional committee and its work with U.N. special envoy Geir Pedersen. SANA said Walid al-Moallem's meeting with Pedersen on Monday focused on the committee's setup and...

At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies

Sep. 23, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while fending off questions about whether he sought foreign help to damage a political rival. Trump's latest U.N. trip...

UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities

Sep. 23, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses, while Iran's president announced...

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...

Global shares slip as Iran tensions loom

Sep. 23, 2019 4:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly lower Monday as investors kept a wary eye on tensions with Iran and on prospects for a resolution of the tariffs war between China and the U.S. Germany's DAX dropped 0.7% to 12,376.50 while the CAC 40 in Paris lost 0.5% to 5,662.00. Britain's FTSE 100 gave up 0.3% to...

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...

Asian shares fall as Iran, China-US trade tensions loom

Sep. 23, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks got a downbeat start to the week as investors kept a wary eye on tensions with Iran and on signals from China and the U.S. on prospects for a resolution of their tariffs war. The Shanghai Composite index skidded 1.3% to 2,967.01 in early trading Monday while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell...

France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talks

Sep. 22, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's top diplomat said Sunday the most pressing issue following attacks on key Saudi Arabian oil installations is not a potential meeting between the leaders of the United States and Iran but whether it's possible to de-escalate the current "dangerous" situation. Foreign Minister...

'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,...

At UN General Assembly, Iran and US historically at odds

Sep. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

Iran has often commanded center stage at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, turning the organization's headquarters into an arena for arguments over the Persian Gulf's daily complexities and hostilities. As Tehran's leadership prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, there are fears that...