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US defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

Oct. 20, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State...

South Sudan opposition leader returns to meet with president

Oct. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar returned to the country Saturday to meet with President Salva Kiir less than a month before their deadline to form a unity government after a five-year civil war. Machar last met face-to-face with Kiir in September, when they discussed...

UK agrees further talks over disposal of old Shell oil rigs

Oct. 18, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Britain has agreed to hold further talks with other European countries before deciding whether to approve Shell's plans to decommission four disused oil rigs in the Atlantic. Germany had called a special meeting Friday of the OSPAR Commission, which oversees a treaty on protecting the...

Correction: South Sudan-Fragile Peace story

Oct. 18, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about South Sudan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the opposition's deputy chairman, Henry Odwar, said a 3,000-member force was for opposition leader Riek Machar's protection. A corrected version of the story is below: Tensions high as South Sudan...

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Oct. 17, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw sweeping war games intended to test the readiness of the nation's strategic forces for a nuclear conflict. The drills featured practice launches of several intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as warships and strategic bombers firing...

Brexit ignites fears of renewed violence in Northern Ireland

Oct. 16, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Kate Nash says the time known as "The Troubles" never really ended in Northern Ireland. While the 1998 Good Friday Agreement brought an era of relative peace and prosperity to the U.K. region, paramilitary groups still exist and lower levels of violence continue to plague...

The Latest: Customs, VAT issues seen holding up Brexit deal

Oct. 16, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that over the coming hours in the run-up to the EU summit "there are possibilities for an agreement, but it is not done." He says customs and VAT matters are the remaining big issues to...

How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Oct. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for...

Germany angered by Shell refusal to dismantle old oil rigs

Oct. 16, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it has called an international meeting over Shell's refusal to dismantle old oil rigs containing thousands of tons of crude in the Northeast Atlantic. A spokesman for Germany's environment ministry told reporters in Berlin that the OSPAR Commission, which...

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...