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Afghanistan envoy briefs skeptical lawmakers on peace talks

May. 22, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy to Afghanistan was met with skepticism Wednesday on Capitol Hill as he briefed lawmakers on peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war. Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the...

Trump sows confusion on Iran as tensions appear to ease

May. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It started with a surprise statement on a Sunday night that the U.S. was rushing military forces to counter alleged Iranian threats. What followed were two weeks of bombastic rhetoric and swells of fear and confusion over whether Washington and Tehran were lurching toward open conflict....

Congressional leaders get classified briefing on Iran

May. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders received a classified briefing on Iran from the White House Thursday following criticism that lawmakers have been kept out of the loop about recent military moves in the Middle East. Members of the so-called Gang of Eight were tight-lipped as they left the briefing....

Trump tries to tamp down talk of war with Iran

May. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, the president replied, "I hope not"...

Trump's Iran moves trigger warnings, demands from Congress

May. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties in Congress demanded more information on the White House's claims of rising threats in the Middle East, warning President Donald Trump off a dangerous escalation with Iran. The top leaders in Congress — the so-called Gang of Eight— are to receive...

Trump meets Hungary's far-right prime minister

May. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never shied away from rubbing shoulders with leaders more typically kept at a distance by the West, and his Oval Office meeting Monday with Hungary's far right-leaning prime minister was only the latest example of his engagement with strongmen. Like Trump, Prime...

Today in History

May. 3, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2019. There are 242 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Gone with the Wind." On this date: In 1469, political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence,...

Trump's Yemen war policy survives Senate's veto override bid

May. 2, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday failed to overturn President Donald Trump's veto of legislation that would have ended U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen against Iran-backed rebels, but lawmakers pledged to re-examine other aspects of America's ties with the kingdom. While the...

Retired general confirmed as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Apr. 10, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm a retired four-star general, John Abizaid, as the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling an important diplomatic post that has been vacant for more than two years. U.S.-Saudi relations are in turmoil after the murder of U.S.-based...

14 US senators introduce bill on the crisis in Venezuela

Apr. 3, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of 14 U.S. senators introduced a bill Wednesday that they say will help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Sen Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, said the proposed legislation is "much more expansive" than the three bills on...