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The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both flexing their political powers as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on...

Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Jan. 17, 2019 1:27 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward. Putin's presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29 fighter...

After Americans killed, Trump's Syria plan prompts questions

Jan. 17, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces....

Greek PM survives confidence vote after coalition collapse

Jan. 16, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-wing prime minister narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament late Wednesday days after the governing coalition he leads collapsed over an agreement to end a long-running dispute over neighboring Macedonia's name. Lawmakers voted 151-148 on a motion called by Prime...

The Latest: Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote

Jan. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the confidence vote in Greece (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Greece's left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed. Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece's 300-seat...

Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Jan. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president. Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001. A fountain on...

Bulgaria's parliament OKs talks with US on F-16 jet deal

Jan. 16, 2019 7:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a government plan to open talks with the United States on a deal for eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its aging Russian MiG-29s and bring its air force in line with NATO standards. Parliament on Wednesday approved the plan in a 130-84 vote...

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul

Jan. 15, 2019 9:16 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle late in the evening in the Afghan capital, officials said Tuesday. It was the latest in a relentless wave of near daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway...

Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

Jan. 14, 2019 5:45 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — If Mike Pompeo was surprised, he didn't show it. But the secretary of state had woken up in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Monday to find that President Donald Trump had tweeted a threat to NATO ally Turkey warning of economic harm should the Turks attack U.S.-backed rebel...

Macedonian lawmakers weigh request for new name referendum

Jan. 14, 2019 11:18 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament is weighing a diaspora group's request for a new referendum on the deal to change the country's name to North Macedonia in return for NATO, and potentially European Union, membership. A parliamentary committee gave preliminary approval on Monday to the...