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White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Feb. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told "Fox News...

'Taking their last breath': IS hides among Syrian civilians

Feb. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries' shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians...

El Salvador arrests ex-soldier in slaying of US advisers

Feb. 17, 2019 3:54 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador police say they've arrested a man convicted of participating in the 1981 killing of two American labor advisers and the head of the country's land reform agency — a case that shook U.S. relations with a Central American nation then embroiled in civil war....

Taliban say unable to attend Pakistan talks; blame blacklist

Feb. 17, 2019 1:42 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban has postponed an unscheduled round of peace talks with the United States set for Monday in Pakistan saying "most" members of their negotiating team are unable to travel because they're on the U.S. and United Nations' blacklists. The statement Sunday offered no other...

Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a...

Austrian leader: Trump foreign policy successful in parts

Feb. 17, 2019 12:16 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy as "very successful" as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday's edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert...

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

Feb. 17, 2019 12:08 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals. One manufacturer displayed a model of a machine gun on sale that's now in...

The Latest: Qatari minister warns of remaining IS threat

Feb. 17, 2019 9:13 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Qatar's foreign minister is cautioning that the Islamic State group will continue to be a threat even after its last pocket of resistance in Syria is shut down. IS once controlled territory in large parts of Syria and...

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 17, 2019 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

Iran pressures Europe to do more to save the nuclear deal

Feb. 17, 2019 8:33 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Europeans need to do more than talk if they want to preserve a deal meant to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister said Sunday, slamming Washington as the "biggest source of destabilization" in the Middle...