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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020 file photo, Iraqi army soldiers are deployed in front of the U.S. embassy, in Baghdad, Iraq.  U.S. and Iraqi officials on Thursday, Dec. 3, say the U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns. U.S. Ambassador Mathew Tueller said the reduction of staff members will not affect the mission’s work, adding that he will continue to carry out his duties from the embassy for the “foreseeable future.”(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

US to reduce staff at Baghdad embassy amid regional tensions

Dec. 3, 2020 12:39 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Thursday, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns. U.S. Ambassador Mathew Tueller said the reduction would not affect the mission's work, adding that he will continue to...

President-elect Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden picks Deese for National Economic Council

Dec. 3, 2020 12:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 12:25 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former Obama administration senior economic adviser Brian Deese to be director of the National Economic Council. Deese is now the managing director and global head of sustainable...

Family says Egypt orders 3 arrested rights group staff freed

Dec. 3, 2020 12:29 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered the release of three human rights workers detained last month, the wife of one of the arrested workers said Thursday, amid an unrelenting crackdown on dissent and rights groups in the Arab country. The three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative...

FILE- In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Tina Flournoy, then Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws committee member,  during a hearing in Washington. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff

Dec. 3, 2020 12:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief of staff, the transition team announced Thursday. Flournoy's appointment as Harris' top staffer adds to a team of advisers led by Black women. Harris,...

Afghan officials: Suicide car bomber kills 3 intel officers

Dec. 3, 2020 11:44 AM EST

GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber killed at least three intelligence officers in an attack on a security convoy on patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday evening, officials said. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktia province, which also left 19...

A Russian peacekeeper guars an enter of the Dadivank, an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery dating to the 9th century, after the transfer of the Kalbajar region to Azerbaijan's control, as part of a peace deal that required Armenian forces to cede the Azerbaijani territories they held outside Nagorno-Karabakh, near Kalbajar, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. A Russia-brokered peace deal that took effect Nov. 10 obliged Armenian forces to hand over all of the Azerbaijani regions they held outside Nagorno-Karabakh, including the Kalbajar region. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Azerbaijan says 2,783 troops killed over Nagorno-Karabakh

Dec. 3, 2020 10:53 AM EST

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan said Thursday it lost nearly 2,800 soldiers in 44 days of fighting with Armenian forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the first time it has disclosed its military casualties. The hostilities ended Nov. 10 with a Russia-brokered peace deal that saw...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reviews an honor guard during a ceremony ahead of a meeting at Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's official residence in Tokyo. Morrison said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, a tweet by a Chinese official which shows a fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child's throat is “truly repugnant.

Australian leader seeks conciliation in dispute with China

Dec. 3, 2020 4:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A diplomatic war of words between Australia and China over a graphic tweet seemed to finally cool on Thursday as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison struck a much more conciliatory tone. Morrison's change in approach came even after he was thwarted in getting his views...

Editorial Roundup: US

Dec. 2, 2020 6:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 1 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr's comments that no widespread fraud was detected in the recent presidential election: Bill Barr can take the heat, and on Tuesday the stalwart Attorney General guaranteed...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to his Likud party in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli parliament takes step toward new national elections

Dec. 2, 2020 3:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel took a major step toward plunging into its fourth national election in under two years on Wednesday as lawmakers — supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner — passed a preliminary proposal to dissolve parliament. The 61-54 vote came...

In this photo provided by the Armenian Prime Minister Press Service via PAN Photo, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the nation in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Tigran Mehrabyan, Armenian Prime Minister Press Service/PAN Photo via AP)

Armenian opposition pushes PM to step down over peace deal

Dec. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Armenia's capital Wednesday to continue to pressure the ex-Soviet nation's prime minister to resign over a peace deal with neighboring Azerbaijan that domestic critics see as a betrayal of national interests. The Russia-brokered agreement took...