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China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

Sep. 22, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. The Defense Ministry said...

AP Analysis: Other nations adjust to 'America first' policy

Sep. 21, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics...

AP Analysis: Trump heads to UN as US retreats from world

Sep. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics...

US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms

Sep. 20, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons, the State Department announced Thursday. China's Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu made a "significant transaction" involving the purchase of Russian combat...

Washington calls for the release of scientist in Turkey

Sep. 20, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The United States has called for the immediate release of a NASA scientist who was arrested in southern Turkey for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Islamic cleric the Turkish government blames for a failed 2016 coup attempt. The U.S. State Department said in a written...

Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

Sep. 19, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department's varied explanations for rejecting the application weren't reasonable, U.S. District...

Former FBI official Andrew McCabe has book deal

Sep. 18, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Just months after the publication of James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty," another former FBI official will take on President Donald Trump. Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director ousted this year amid repeated attacks from Trump and a critical Justice Department report, has a book deal....

AP Exclusive: WikiLeaks files expose group's inner workings

Sep. 17, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his WikiLeaks website, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was...

Trump, Pompeo bash ex-Secretary of State Kerry on Iran talks

Sep. 15, 2018 3:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. In unusually blunt...

Trump, Pompeo bash ex-Secretary of State Kerry on Iran talks

Sep. 14, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded Friday on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. In unusually...