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Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

Jul. 15, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Presidential spokesman...

Brazilian VP backs Bolsonaro's son as US ambassador

Jul. 15, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's vice president said Monday he didn't see "any problems" with President Jair Bolsonaro's possible nomination of his son as ambassador to the United States, rebutting accusations that nepotism had tainted the appointment process for a coveted diplomatic posting. President Jair...

US, Russian delegations to discuss arms control in Geneva

Jul. 15, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegations from the U.S. and Russia are expected to meet this week to discuss arms control and the possibility of coaxing China into negotiating a new, three-way nuclear weapons pact, two senior administration officials said Monday. The New START treaty, the last major arms-control...

EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The ministers said in a statement that in light of Turkey's...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...

Trump signs order to make American-made goods more American

Jul. 15, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for American-made...

European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus.

France's Macron vows to help restart Serbia-Kosovo talks

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to help jumpstart stalled negotiations to resolve Serbia's independence dispute with former province Kosovo so a lasting solution can be found for the decades-long Balkan crisis. Macron, making the first visit to Serbia by a French...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

UK leadership contenders criticize Trump's lawmaker tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two men competing to succeed her condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's berating of four female lawmakers of color but stopped short Monday of calling his remarks racist. Trump tweeted Sunday that the liberal Democrats should go back to the "broken...