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Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 8:44 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Japan, US say 3-way ties with S. Korea are key to security

Nov. 12, 2019 8:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped. Japanese Foreign Minister...

Clinton criticizes UK for blocking Russian influence report

Nov. 12, 2019 8:11 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she's "dumbfounded" that the U.K. government has failed to release a report on Russian influence in British politics as the country prepares to hold a national election next month. The former U.S. presidential candidate told British media that the public needs to know...

World stocks rise as investors await US-China trade moves

Nov. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets rose Tuesday as investor awaited news on progress in negotiations on the trade dispute between China and the United States. An update could come later in the day, when U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give a speech on trade and economic policy at the Economic...

After boost from Perry, supporters got huge Ukraine gas deal

Nov. 12, 2019 7:43 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. Perry's efforts to influence Ukraine's energy...

France hosts world leaders to address global challenges

Nov. 12, 2019 7:40 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders have called for greater international cooperation to ease the world's tensions at a peace forum in Paris that was notable for the absence of the United States. Some 30 heads of state or government, high-level officials from other countries and...

The Latest: EU asks UK to name commissioner even temporarily

Nov. 12, 2019 7:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Dec. 12 election and the country's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Even though the British government desperately wants to leave the EU, the bloc itself desperately wants a new U.K. Commissioner on its executive team, even if...

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

Nov. 12, 2019 7:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise. As the aid was being blocked this summer, Ukraine officials began quietly asking the State Department about...

Meet the witnesses: Diplomats start off impeachment hearings

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats and career government officials, they're little known outside professional circles, but they're about to become household names testifying in the House impeachment inquiry . The witnesses will tell House investigators — and Americans tuning into the live public hearings...

Huawei giving employees bonus for coping with US sanctions

Nov. 12, 2019 6:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Huawei is paying its employees bonuses totaling more than $285 million as thanks for helping the Chinese tech giant cope with U.S. sanctions that threaten its smartphone and other businesses. Huawei scrambled to remove U.S. components from its products following curbs announced in May on...