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Pompeo, NKorean official to meet about possible Kim summit

Jan. 18, 2019 9:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol on Friday for talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The State Department announced the late-morning meeting, and other...

EU cool on Arab League summit over Syria, Saudi concerns

Jan. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A month after European Union leaders prepared for a summit with Arab League nations, enthusiasm for the Feb. 24-25 meeting in Egypt is waning. EU diplomats expressed concern Friday that Syria could be invited back into the Arab League soon, and say that European leaders would be unwilling...

US and North Korea to hold talks on 2nd Trump-Kim summit

Jan. 17, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — High-level talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planned for this week in Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to meet former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol at...

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Jan. 16, 2019 8:40 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb....

Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon

Jan. 15, 2019 1:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive. Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya...

South Korea defense report doesn't refer to North as enemy

Jan. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is no longer South Korea's "enemy," though Pyongyang's nuclear program still poses a security threat, according to Seoul's biennial defense document published Tuesday. It's the first time since 2010, the same year 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks blamed on the...

Julian Castro visits Puerto Rico in bid for presidency

Jan. 14, 2019 2:30 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. presidential candidate Julian Castro joined dozens of high-profile Latinos in Puerto Rico on Monday to talk about mobilizing voters ahead of the 2020 elections and increasing Latino political representation to take on President Donald Trump. The group condemned Trump's...

Iran summons Polish envoy in protest against upcoming summit

Jan. 13, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Angered by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that Poland will host an international conference on Iran in mid-February, Iranian authorities on Sunday summoned Warsaw's top diplomat in the country and called off a Polish film festival. The moves followed a tweet by...

UN expert: N.Korea nuclear talks should include human rights

Jan. 11, 2019 5:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.N. rights investigator said Friday that negotiations on North Korea's denuclearization must also include its abysmal human rights situation. Tomas Ojea Quintana told reporters that he wants North Korea to accept his call for a dialogue on its rights conditions. He said North...

Backstage drama accompanies Romania's debut in EU presidency

Jan. 10, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Backstage drama came to the fore Thursday as Romania assumed the presidency of the European Union for the first time, an international debut that was preceded by questions about the country's readiness for the role. The formerly communist country's turn in the rotating office...