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AP Analysis: Other nations adjust to 'America first' policy

Sep. 21, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics...

AP Analysis: Trump heads to UN as US retreats from world

Sep. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics...

Palestinians say informed US shutting PLO delegation office

Sep. 10, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The U.S. has notified the Palestinians it's closing their mission in Washington, a senior official said Monday, the latest in a series of American blows to the Palestinians. The Trump administration notified the Palestinians last year it will shutter their office in Washington...

US to release $1.2 billion in military aid to Egypt

Sep. 7, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the release of $1.2 billion in U.S. military assistance to Egypt, despite human rights concerns that have held up previous funding. The State Department said Friday it is notifying Congress that Pompeo has signed national security waivers...

For US diplomacy, special envoys make a comeback

Sep. 5, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy is back. The Trump administration, which had steered away from appointing high-level diplomats to focus on particular world trouble spots, is now embracing the concept to run delicate negotiations for Syria, Iran, North Korea and now Afghanistan. Secretary of State...

State Dept. lacked long-term care for Cuba health incidents

Aug. 30, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review submitted to Congress Thursday says the State Department had "insufficient resources" to support long-term care following mysterious health incidents in Cuba. However, the Accountability Review Board, convened by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, also says the...

Trump speaks out about Africa again, and many cringe

Aug. 23, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By now, many Africans cringe whenever "Trump" and their continent are mentioned together. It's happened again. In a tweet containing inaccurate comments, President Donald Trump said he had instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in...

US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

Aug. 17, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend...

Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

Aug. 17, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces. The Saudi move was blasted by the Syrian government which called...

Trump rips LeBron James' smarts hours before rally in Ohio

Aug. 5, 2018 1:01 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state's favorite son, savaging NBA star LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent African-American men. Melania Trump's...