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Malaysia PM says his country keeps good ties with US but not China phobia, wants to engage both

May. 23, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday his country does not have a “China-phobia” policy and wants to engage both Beijing and Washington, expressing hopes for both powers to resolve their differences. Anwar, who is attending a Nikkei annual...

Israel orders Al Jazeera to close its local operation and seizes some of its equipment

May. 05, 2024 14:50 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel ordered the local offices of Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite news network to close Sunday, escalating a long-running feud between the broadcaster and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line government as Doha-mediated cease-fire negotiations with Hamas hang in...

Nepal's president asks visiting Qatari emir to help free student held hostage by Hamas

Apr. 24, 2024 06:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's president asked the emir of Qatar, who is on a two-day visit to the South Asian country, to help release a Nepali student held hostage by Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said on Wednesday. President Ram Chandra Poudel met with Sheik Tamim...

Qatari emir in Nepal, expected to tackle migrant conditions and Nepali student held hostage by Hamas

Apr. 23, 2024 09:56 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The emir of Qatar landed in Nepal Tuesday on his first-ever visit to the South Asian country, after visiting Bangladesh and the Philippines, where improving migrant workers' conditions in the Gulf state and a Nepali student still held hostage by Hamas are expected to be on...

Blinken adds Israel stop to latest Mideast tour as tensions rise over Gaza war

Mar. 20, 2024 16:04 PM EDT

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Israel this week as part of his sixth urgent mission to the Middle East since the Israelis' war with Hamas began in October, as relations between the two countries have soured dramatically in recent weeks. ...

The Latest | Netanyahu remains set on Rafah ground invasion despite US misgivings

Mar. 20, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he remains determined to carry out a Rafah ground offensive, despite U.S. President Joe Biden’s misgivings. Earlier, Qatari officials said they were “cautiously optimistic” after talks with Israel’s intelligence chief in Doha...

Israel and Hamas indicate no deal is imminent after Biden signals Gaza cease-fire could be close

Feb. 27, 2024 23:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent breakthrough in talks for a cease-fire in Gaza, after U.S. President Joe Biden said Israel has agreed to pause its offensive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some hostages. ...

Qatar's emir speaks of "race against time” to win hostage releases in Gaza diplomatic efforts

Feb. 27, 2024 15:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The emir of Qatar spoke Tuesday of “a race against time” to secure hostage releases as part of the diplomatic push for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza in which his country is playing a key role. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was speaking on a state...

Most UN Security Council members demand Taliban rescind decrees seriously oppressing women and girls

Feb. 26, 2024 22:05 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than two-thirds of the U.N. Security Council’s members demanded Monday that the Taliban rescind all policies and decrees oppressing and discriminating against women and girls, including banning girls education above the sixth grade and women’s right to work and move...

Namibian President Hage Geingob laid to rest at Heroes' Acre cemetery after state funeral

Feb. 25, 2024 23:25 PM EST

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibian President Hage Geingob was laid to rest in the country's Heroes' Acre cemetery on Sunday following a state funeral attended by African leaders, the German president and Princess Anne, the sister of Britain's King Charles III. Geingob died earlier...