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Trump viewed Ukraine as adversary, not ally, witnesses say

Oct. 21, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind closed doors, President Donald Trump has made his views on Ukraine clear: "They tried to take me down." The president, according to people familiar with testimony in the House impeachment investigation, sees the Eastern European ally, not Russia, as responsible for the interference...

Banker convicted in US picked to head Turkish stock exchange

Oct. 21, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's economy minister has announced that a Turkish banker convicted in the United States of helping Iran evade economic sanctions has been appointed head of Turkey's stock exchange. Banker Hakan Atilla, who was convicted in 2018, was released from prison in July and deported to...

China issues stinging rebuke of US at Beijing defense forum

Oct. 21, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister lashed out at U.S. foreign policy Monday, saying China wasn't fazed by sanctions, pressure or a "big stick" approach, while reiterating threats to force the self-governing island democracy of Taiwan to accept rule from Beijing. Gen. Wei Fenghe did not refer directly...

Frustrated US diplomats fight back in impeachment probe

Oct. 21, 2019 12:31 AM 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...

Mogherini rues 'historic mistake' over EU membership talks

Oct. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc's leaders have made "a historic mistake" when they failed to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia earlier this week. Mogherini said Sunday in her blog that she regretted that European...

Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spat

Oct. 19, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton's suggestion this past week that Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is being "groomed" by Russians to act as a spoiler in the 2020 race may have had the opposite effect of what the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee intended: It's elevated Gabbard's candidacy and may have...

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...

White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

Oct. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive. Gordon Sondland spoke to...