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Pakistan asks UN to help defuse tensions with India

Feb. 19, 2019 2:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan recalled its ambassador from India and appealed Tuesday for U.N. help to de-escalate and defuse tensions with New Delhi after last week's attack in India's sector of disputed Kashmir that killed at least 40 Indian troops. Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors soared...

Memorial speaks to North Korea's ties to summit host Vietnam

Feb. 19, 2019 2:19 AM EST

BAC GIANG, Vietnam (AP) — In a rice field in northern Vietnam, 14 headstones are an enduring symbol of the wartime friendship of Vietnam and North Korea. They mark the original burial ground of North Korean pilots who died while secretly fighting alongside Vietnamese comrades against U.S. Air Force and...

China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Feb. 19, 2019 2:17 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of Iran's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister Mohammad...

Jailed Citgo executives in limbo amid Venezuela turmoil

Feb. 19, 2019 1:16 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A faint voice comes through the crackled phone line. On the other end, Tomeu Vadell, speaking from a military counterintelligence prison in Venezuela's capital, asks his daughters in Louisiana whether they've gone to church and says he plans to spend his Sunday doing pushups to keep his body...

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally...

Tensions rising after Kashmir attack as gunbattle kills 9

Feb. 18, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions escalated after a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers searched for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there,...

Mexican envoy calls for fresh effort on Maduro-Guaido talks

Feb. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mexico's new U.N. ambassador says a fresh effort should be made to persuade Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido to discuss their differences without preconditions and try to find a solution to their country's crisis. Ambassador Juan Ramon de la Fuente...

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Feb. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." The abrupt...

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Feb. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday. Nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag said in a statement that Francis removed the canonical censures following a...

Investment adviser fined over alleged real estate scheme

Feb. 18, 2019 11:32 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Secretary of State William Galvin says the state has entered into a consent order with a Massachusetts investment adviser agent accused of orchestrating a complex real estate scheme. Galvin said Monday Thomas Riquier and his employer, United Planners Financial Services of America, will...