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Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

US extends ban on passports for North Korea travel

Aug. 19, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is extending a ban on the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea for another year. A State Department notice released Monday says the ban will remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless revoked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh). The ban...

Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan

Aug. 16, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other members of the national security team briefed President Donald Trump on Friday on the state of peace negotiations in Afghanistan, with Pompeo saying afterward that "led by the president, we are working diligently on the path forward."...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

Thai court approves continued detention of 2 bomb suspects

Aug. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday extended the detention of two suspects accused of planting two small bombs in front of police headquarters in Bangkok while Southeast Asian foreign ministers were meeting nearby. The two men were arrested as they traveled south just hours after the devices...

Guatemalans worry about graft after Giammattei wins election

Aug. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Few took to Guatemala's streets to celebrate Monday after Alejandro Giammattei overwhelmingly won election as the country's next president, with some questioning how he would tackle the corruption, violence and insufficient economic opportunity that has driven tens of thousands to...

Apparent Trump plan to cut foreign aid draws bipartisan fire

Aug. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democrats in Congress teamed up Friday to oppose what appears to be a Trump administration plan to cut the foreign aid budget. The administration hasn't announced whether it plans to seek the cut. But the Office of Management and Budget instructed the State Department and...

State Dept report says 2017 hiring freeze badly hurt agency

Aug. 9, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2017 Trump administration hiring freeze at the State Department had devastating effects, hurting core functions such as providing services to U.S. citizens abroad and protecting embassies, the agency's internal watchdog said Friday. The department's inspector general said all domestic...

Trump administration to seek Britain trade deal after Brexit

Aug. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after it leaves the European Union, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the country's new foreign secretary made his first official visit to the United States. Pompeo also thanked the...

US hopes for North Korea nuclear talks despite missile tests

Aug. 7, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is still hoping to hold another round of nuclear talks with North Korea despite the country's recent missile tests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Those talks could be held within a "a couple of weeks," Pompeo said, speaking shortly after returning from Asia and a...