Latest International relations News

The Latest: Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers

Apr. 22, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Sri Lanka's president has given the military sweeping war-time powers to arrest and detain suspects following a series of Easter Sunday bombings that killed at least 290 people. President...

The Latest: Oil prices rise after US oil sanctions decision

Apr. 22, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 10 a.m. Oil prices rose following news the Trump administration is telling five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they import oil...

US won't renew sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

Apr. 22, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday told five nations — Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India — that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. President Donald Trump has decided not to reissue the waivers when they...

US tells Afghan president Qatar talks best chance for peace

Apr. 22, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent's latest "spring offensive," according to a statement Monday....

White House: US ending sanction waivers for countries importing Iran oil, increasing economic pressure on Iran

Apr. 22, 2019 8:27 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: US ending sanction waivers for countries importing Iran oil, increasing economic pressure on Iran.

Sudan tensions escalate after talks with military break down

Apr. 22, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tensions escalated in Sudan on Monday after talks broke down between protesters and the country's military rulers, who called for the reopening of roads blocked by sit-ins established during the uprising that drove President Omar al-Bashir from power. The protesters, who have been...

Rights group: Rebel land mines in Yemen hinder aid efforts

Apr. 22, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. Human Rights Watch says in a new report Monday that at least 140 people, including children, have been...

AP sources: US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil

Apr. 21, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that...

US ambassador's Passover wishes in Polish met with anger

Apr. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction was a wave of angry comments on Twitter. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher also wished Poles a happy Easter on Sunday. By then, Mosbacher had been accused of offending Poland with her Passover tweet...

Cuba tells officials to reduce electricity consumption

Apr. 21, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — An official newspaper in Cuba reports that officials are restricting electricity use at a time the economy is being squeezed by a series of setbacks, including reduced fuel shipments from Venezuela and tighter U.S. sanctions. The local Communist Party newspaper Invasor in Ciego de Avila...