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US envoy in Australia says Adm. Harris is needed in Seoul

Apr. 25, 2018 10:37 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The acting U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Thursday the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, is the best envoy to represent the United States in South Korea. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday that Harris will not become Washington's...

Rival Koreas' leaders face high stakes at historic summit

Apr. 25, 2018 10:33 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It may lack the punch of President Donald Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "nuclear button" boasts, but the stakes will be high on Friday when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no man's land...

The Latest: Red Cross flooded by missing requests in Syrian

Apr. 25, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 1 a.m. The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross says the organization has been "flooded" with about 13,000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members. Peter Maurer told a small group of...

Diplomats: Swiss envoy to Germany to be new UN Myanmar envoy

Apr. 25, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany Christine Schraner Burgener to be the new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric wouldn't confirm her appointment but said Wednesday "we expect an...

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

Apr. 25, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking. An estimated 450,000 people have been killed in fighting in...

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid maid abuse dispute

Apr. 25, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country. The highly unusual move came as a surprise in the typically sedate and...

Melania Trump takes her moment to sparkle in the spotlight

Apr. 25, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight. After ditching her trademark dark sunglasses for a white skirt suit and hat...

France's cultural clout resonates during Macrons' US trip

Apr. 25, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — From fashion, to food and even art — the Macrons' visit to the United States has been a PR coup for France. From the moment French First Lady Brigitte Macron put her well-heeled feet down on American soil Monday, clad in a hot pink cashmere coat by Louis Vuitton, France's cultural...

China says further steps ready to target Taiwan independence

Apr. 25, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is prepared to take further steps to counter perceived moves by self-ruling Taiwan toward formal independence following recent war games aimed at intimidating the island's leaders, the government said Wednesday. Signals sent by the military exercises "are extremely distinct and clear,"...

Pakistan bars US diplomat from travel over fatal crash

Apr. 25, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An American diplomat who struck a Pakistani motorcyclist in a fatal road accident earlier this month has been barred from leaving the country, pending a civil court case, Pakistani officials said Wednesday. The U.S. military attaché, Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall, is accused of running a...