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UN envoy urges new pullouts from Yemen ports and peace steps

May. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen urged the warring parties Wednesday to maintain the momentum of the initial pullout of Houthi rebel forces from three ports by moving quickly to larger joint withdrawals — and to work urgently on a political solution to the devastating conflict. Martin...

Shanahan says military won't leave until border is secure

May. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited a border city in Texas on Saturday and said he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the administration's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help. He also offered assurances to...

Houthi rebels claim to begin withdrawal from key Yemen ports

May. 11, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December cease-fire aimed at alleviating the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The government described the Houthi...

The Latest: Shanahan says troops aim to help secure border

May. 11, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary has offered assurances to perhaps two dozen Border Patrol agents and other officials at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas that the...

Report: Iran prepares to withdraw from parts of nuclear deal

May. 7, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Wednesday will announce it is partially withdrawing from the nuclear deal it struck with world powers, its state-run news agency reported, a year to the day that President Donald Trump pulled America from the accord. The terms of the withdrawal remain unclear, though the IRNA...

Taliban say gap narrowing in talks with US

May. 4, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington's special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office. In a voice message...

Afghanistan's grand council ends with call for peace talks

May. 3, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known as...

The Latest: Lima Group backs Guaidó in Venezuela unrest

Apr. 30, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A group of Latin American nations and Canada is backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in what it calls his efforts "to restore democracy" to his South American country. It rejects...

Israel scales back Gaza fishing zone after rocket fire

Apr. 30, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it's scaling back the permitted fishing zone off the Mediterranean coast of Gaza following a rocket attack from the strip the previous day. The military said Tuesday fishing would only be permitted up to 6 nautical miles — about 11 kilometers — until...

Afghan leader holds council to set agenda for Taliban talks

Apr. 29, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase...