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Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back

Oct. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. Over White House objections, the diplomats are...

South Sudan's opposition leader warns of return to civil war

Oct. 20, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar warned Sunday that the country could return to civil war if a coalition government is formed by a Nov. 12 deadline and he asked for another months-long delay for the crucial step in a fragile peace deal. Machar made an impassioned plea to...

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...

Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

Oct. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants Syrian government forces to move out of areas near the Turkish border so he can resettle up to 2 million refugees there, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday. The request will top Erdogan's talks next week with Syria's ally,...

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...

Seoul police up security after rally at US envoy residence

Oct. 19, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Saturday they beefed up security at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul after a group of anti-American students used ladders to break into the compound. They were protesting demands by the Trump administration that South Korea pay more to help cover...

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

Oct. 19, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pushing back at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters...

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

Oct. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters...

Diplomat said to have questioned optics of Hunter Biden job

Oct. 18, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators this week that he had raised concerns in 2015 about Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, working with a Ukrainian gas company. Kent told lawmakers investigating President Donald Trump's...

US diplomat accused of political retribution steps down

Oct. 18, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official accused of carrying out political retribution against career diplomats deemed insufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump has announced he is stepping down. In a note sent to colleagues Friday, Kevin Moley said his "long-planned retirement" would...