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UN experts: South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled

Dec. 1, 2020 11:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan’s latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government’s...

Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., arrives for a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

U.S. drug certification is outdated, says report

Dec. 1, 2020 8:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. congressional commission has proposed replacing the U.S. drug certification process — a fixture of U.S. anti-narcotics policy that classifies countries based on their cooperation on the fight on drugs — with more nuanced diplomatic approaches to keep up with rapidly...

In this photo released from Cyprus' Press and Informations Office, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, left, United Nations Secretary General advisor Jane Holl Lute, left, and Cyprus' foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, talk during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Lute is meeting both leaders separately in order to prepare the ground for reunification talks. (Stavros Ioannides / Cyprus' Press and Informations Office via AP)

Turkish Cypriot leader wants new direction for Cyprus talks

Dec. 1, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Tuesday efforts to resolve Cyprus’ ethnic division should start fresh and aim to achieve a two-state deal, because decades of negotiations for a federation-based agreement have got nowhere. Tatar said a regional “new state of...

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic Senate hopeful Jaime Harrison of South Carolina on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

South Carolina capital city mayor to head US diplomacy group

Dec. 1, 2020 2:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina's capital city is taking on a leadership role at an international organization that aims to supplement the United States' national defense by strengthening the civilian tools of development and diplomacy. Officials announced Monday that Columbia Mayor...

Russia deploys missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Dec. 1, 2020 1:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Tuesday announced the deployment of state-of-the-art air defense missiles to the Pacific islands claimed by Japan. Russia's Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300V4 air defense missile systems have entered combat duty on the Kuril Islands, adding...

Azerbaijani soldiers wave national flags as they celebrate the transfer of the Lachin region to Azerbaijan's control, as part of a peace deal that required Armenian forces to cede the Azerbaijani territories they held outside Nagorno-Karabakh, in Aghjabadi, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Azerbaijan has completed the return of territory ceded by Armenia under a Russia-brokered peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the restoration of control over the Lachin region and other territories as a historic achievement. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

Azerbaijan fully reclaims lands around Nagorno-Karabakh

Dec. 1, 2020 12:17 PM EST

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan on Tuesday completed reclaiming territory held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century after a peace deal ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the restoration of control over the areas as a...

Afghan gov't airstrikes kill 2 children, officials say

Dec. 1, 2020 10:48 AM EST

DE-HAJI, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan government helicopters killed two children, ages 10 and 12, and left at least two children wounded and two others missing after bombarding a village in the eastern Ghazni province, officials and local witnesses said Tuesday The fighting comes as Afghan government...

In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military personnel carry the flag draped coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, in a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Iran held the funeral service for Fakhrizadeh, who founded its military nuclear program two decades ago, with the Islamic Republic's defense minister vowing to continue the man's work

Iran says Israel killed military nuclear scientist remotely

Nov. 30, 2020 12:55 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program in the 2000s. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, right, after pleading guilty to funneling donations from foreigners to U.S. political campaigns.  Zuberi, an elite political fundraiser, had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi’s life was built on a series of lies and the lucrative enterprise of filling the campaign coffers of American politicians and profiting from the resulting influence. They describe him as a “mercenary” political donor who gave to anyone -- often using foreign money given through illegal straw donors. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

'Mercenary' donor sold access for millions in foreign money

Nov. 30, 2020 12:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...