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US official condemns sit-in protest at Venezuelan embassy

Apr. 25, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. supporters of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS' mah-DOO'-roh) are being warned to end a sit-in protest at the country's shuttered embassy in Washington. U.S. envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams says the protesters who have camped out at the embassy for more...

Putin: NKorea's Kim ready to denuclearize _ with conditions

Apr. 25, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday that he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad security guarantee first. The Russian president stressed that Moscow and...

Thousands mourn Bosnian government critic slain in ambush

Apr. 25, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sobbing with grief, thousands of Bosnians attended the funeral Thursday of a prominent Bosnia Serb businessman and government critic who was gunned down earlier this week in a mafia-style ambush. Slavisa Krunic, who owned several businesses including a private security...

Afghan official says Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9

Apr. 25, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban ambushed a security convoy in western Afghanistan, killing nine policemen, and in Kabul, a would-be attacker died when a bomb he was trying to plant at a private university detonated prematurely, officials said Thursday. According to a councilman in western Farah...

EU slams Russia citizenship move as new attack on Ukraine

Apr. 25, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union hit out Thursday against Russia's move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty that would undermine an already-fragile peace agreement. Russian President Vladimir...

Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War

Apr. 24, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump collapsed in...

The Latest: Body of Japanese victim returned from Sri Lanka

Apr. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 6 a.m. Japan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed one Japanese national was killed and four others injured in the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. The body of the person who died was returned to Japan early Thursday....

Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Apr. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran." Foreign Minister Mohammad...

Iranian minister makes public prisoner swap offer to US

Apr. 24, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat on Wednesday made public an offer to the U.S. government for a prisoner swap that he said he made six months ago. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Asia Society that Iran has not yet received a response from the Trump administration. "If they tell you...

US eases effects of sanctions on Iran's elite guard force

Apr. 24, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard, watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated U.S. foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that...