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Aid groups: City of Hodeida top dangerous place in Yemen war

Dec. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several international aid groups warned on Thursday that the flashpoint Yemeni city at the heart of last year's peace agreement signed in Sweden remains the most dangerous place in the war-torn, impoverished Arab country. Fifteen aid agencies -- including the Norwegian Refugee...

US: NKorea missile tests are 'deeply counterproductive'

Dec. 11, 2019 8:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang...

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

Dec. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not...

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

Dec. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea, results showed Wednesday. Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern was cheered when he announced that more than...

Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 8:07 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings...

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach a new gas deal in Paris

Dec. 10, 2019 11:05 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government said Tuesday that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine discussed a new contract for natural gas supplies during peace talks in Paris on Monday, but failed to reach a deal. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “so far we can't say a solution to the...

Ukraine, Russia hope for progress after peace talks

Dec. 10, 2019 10:32 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday both hailed the outcome of peace talks in Paris even though they failed to solve the core issues blocking the resolution of the five-year separatist conflict in Ukraine's east. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy...

Separatists in eastern Ukraine ready for prisoner exchange

Dec. 10, 2019 6:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Separatists in eastern Ukraine say they are ready to swap prisoners with Kyiv in an exchange announced by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents after peace talks in Paris on Monday. At the first meeting between new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir...

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

Dec. 9, 2019 7:44 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held...

Protesters: Ukraine's leader must defend nation at summit

Dec. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...