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South Sudan rivals agree to meet unity government deadline

Jan. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders have agreed to form a coalition government by the February deadline, a South African special envoy says. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in their latest talks this week also agreed that key outstanding issues...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, center, shakes hands with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, as they surrounded by security in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greece threatens to block Libya deal over sea border dispute

Jan. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. Mitsotakis' comments during a TV interview came a...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since last September when President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy

Jan. 16, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The offer is seen as an opportunity to open a window to an eventual peace deal that would...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, and Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi deliver statements to the press, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Jan. 16, 2020 1:22 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future. Merkel's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, visited Libya's eastern city...

Afghan official: Roadside bomb hits government car, 5 killed

Jan. 16, 2020 8:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing struck an Afghan government car in southern Zabul province on Thursday, killing the driver and four passengers inside the vehicle, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack though the provincial police spokesman, Mohammadullah...

In this photo provided by southern separatist forces in Yemen, known as Resistance Force, a crowd of people stand around a crater created by a missile attack on a military parade in Dhale, Yemen Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. A ballistic missile attack ripped through a military parade for the Yemeni southern separatist group that's backed by the United Arab Emirates,  a spokesman said Sunday. (Resistance Forces via AP)

Yemen separatists, government troops pull back from key city

Jan. 16, 2020 7:02 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni separatists and forces loyal to the country's U.N.-recognized government whose deadly infighting erupted last summer in the war-torn Arab country are pulling back from a key southern city, military officials said Thursday. The pullout, envisaged under a Saudi-brokered peace deal,...

US calls for smaller UN force in Mali, Russia says no change

Jan. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday for a reduction in the more than 16,000-strong peacekeeping force in Mali and a new focus on protecting civilians because parties to a 2015 peace deal have made little progress in implementing it, but Russia said it doesn’t want any changes...

FILE- In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Thai soldiers examine the wreckage of a personnel carrier that was exploded after suspected insurgents detonated a roadside bomb in Pattani Province, southern Thailand . An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south, analysts said Wednesday. More than 7,000 people have died since the insurgency flared up in 2004. (AP Photo/Sumeth Parnpetch, File)

Thai army chief signs intelligence pact with Indonesia

Jan. 15, 2020 8:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south, analysts said Wednesday. More than 7,000 people have died since the insurgency flared up in 2004. The pact...

Members of the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force operated by the Sudanese government, block roads in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A Sudanese official said Tuesday that security forces have contained an armed protest from within the security apparatus, amid reports of unrest. (AP Photo)

Sudan declares end to mutiny from within security forces

Jan. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s main intelligence agency said late Tuesday it has succeeded in quelling an armed mutiny over severance pay from within its ranks. Sudan’s General Intelligence Service said the rebellious former members of its forces had been convinced “through negotiations”...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Russia downplays failed Libya talks before Berlin summit

Jan. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia sought Tuesday to downplay the collapse of talks that sought to secure a cease-fire in Libya after the country's rival leaders left Moscow without reaching an agreement, an outcome that cast a shadow on an upcoming Libya summit hosted by Germany. Russia and Turkey proposed a...