Latest International relations News

US opens first round of resurrected peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 7, 2019 4:56 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce...

No malarkey: Biden courts Iowans, balances national campaign

Dec. 7, 2019 12:11 AM EST

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Minutes after Joe Biden met Cathy Buxengard, he commandeered her cellphone to talk with her 99-year-old mother about her service as a World War II nurse and how worried she is about the United States today. “You took care of ‘em, Mom. ... Thank you, thank you, thank...

Russian foreign minister to meet with Pompeo in DC next week

Dec. 6, 2019 10:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's foreign minister will visit Washington next week for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. officials said Friday. Pompeo will host Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday for talks that are expected to be followed by a joint news conference, two officials said. It was not immediately...

'Mexico, US, Canada trade talks continue in Washington

Dec. 6, 2019 9:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico’s top trade negotiator wrapped up an 11-hour meeting with his U.S. counterpart Friday night, saying they had not finalized a new trade agreement for Mexico, United States and Canada. “We are working on all the issues. It is not easy, but we are working well,”...

Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

Dec. 6, 2019 9:29 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning, killing three people in an attack the Saudi government quickly condemned and that U.S. officials were investigating for possible links to terrorism. The assault,...

Arizona governor says state will keep welcoming refugees

Dec. 6, 2019 8:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told President Donald Trump's administration Friday the state will continue its tradition of welcoming refugees, cheering resettlement agencies that have lobbied the state and local governments to keep opening their arms to people fleeing war and other horrific...

Johnson, Corbyn clash in final debate before UK election

Dec. 6, 2019 5:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed Friday night in the last head-to-head debate before a general election in six days — an underpowered showdown that saw both men stick to well-worn phrases and promises about their plans for...

S&P notches weekly gain as jobs growth blows past forecasts

Dec. 6, 2019 5:38 PM EST

A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report put investors in a buying mood Friday, driving stocks on Wall Street broadly higher and extending the market’s winning streak to a third day. The rally pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by more than 300 points and erased the S&P 500's losses from earlier...

Activists cheer for "Greta!", urge climate action in Madrid

Dec. 6, 2019 4:32 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Activists of all ages and from all corners of the planet demanded concrete action Friday against climate change from leaders and negotiators at a global summit in Madrid. The march was led by dozens of representatives of Latin America's indigenous peoples — a mark of deference after...

US envoy: US has `other tools' if Iran's bad actions go on

Dec. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign and use “other tools” if Tehran continues its “malicious behavior.” Craft also told her first press conference since arriving at the...