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Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 8:44 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Jordan's king visits enclave day after reclaimed from Israel

Nov. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king visited one of two small areas of land that — until a day earlier — were leased to Israel as part of their 1994 peace agreement on Monday. King Abdullah II's toured Baqura, a 200-acre enclave along the Jordan River in the country's north, and tweeted that...

Israel says Expo 2020 in Dubai is a bridge to Arab world

Nov. 11, 2019 11:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's newly appointed commissioner to Expo 2020 said Monday that next year's world fair in Dubai offers the country a unique opportunity to present a fresh face to the Arab world, just as Israel is growing closer to the United Arab Emirates and other Arab Gulf states. Elazar Cohen...

Palestinian leader boasts he has 'slapped' US in the face

Nov. 11, 2019 8:50 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says he has "slapped" the U.S. Administration in the face by rejecting President Donald Trump's promised peace plan. In a speech Monday, Mahmoud Abbas derisively referred to the U.S. peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century," as the "Slap of the...

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

Nov. 10, 2019 12:14 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal. King Abdullah II had said last year...

Pope says he intends to go to South Sudan, urges dialogue

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St. Peter's...

Fournette's growth leads to role as peacemaker, playmaker

Nov. 7, 2019 6:25 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was in the middle of three dustups this season — and got praised for how he handled them. Fournette pulled coach Doug Marrone away from cornerback Jalen Ramsey during their heated sideline exchange in mid-September. Fournette was...

Bombing that killed 8 kids leaves Colombia president on edge

Nov. 7, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque is facing one of the most critical moments in his administration following the resignation of his defense minister over a bombing that killed eight children and adolescents. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero quit his job Wednesday night after a senator...

South Sudan rival leaders delay forming coalition government

Nov. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to postpone the formation of a coalition government for 100 days. The rival leaders were to have formed a unity government by Nov. 12, but after meeting in Uganda for six hours Thursday, they said that...

UN urges South Sudan warring parties to fulfill peace deal

Nov. 6, 2019 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on South Sudan's warring parties Wednesday to publicly reaffirm their commitment to fully implement a peace deal signed over a year ago that calls for a coalition government to be formed on Nov. 12. The U.N.'s most powerful body expressed concern in a...