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AP Interview: Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

Nov. 15, 2019 1:22 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico. In an interview with The...

UN extends peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Nov. 15, 2019 1:00 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force in Central African Republic for a year, with a mandate to protect civilians, support peace efforts and assist in preparing for elections starting in 2020. The French-drafted resolution adopted Friday...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

The Latest: UN sends envoy to help with Bolivia crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local): 2:10 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is sending a personal envoy to Bolivia to support efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Andean nation’s political crisis. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s Houthi rebels in indirect peace talks

Nov. 13, 2019 12:51 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels are holding indirect, behind-the-scenes talks to end the devastating five-year war in Yemen, officials from both sides have told The Associated Press. The negotiations are taking place with Oman, a Gulf Arab country that borders both...

Vatican: Pope, Anglican head aim for joint South Sudan trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:45 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and Anglican leader Justin Welby intend to visit South Sudan together if a national unity transition government can be formed in next three months. The pontiff and Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, held talks at the Vatican Wednesday. The Vatican said...

US ‘gravely disappointed’ by South Sudan unity gov’t delay

Nov. 13, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is “gravely disappointed” and will reevaluate its relationship with South Sudan over the failure of its rival leaders to form a coalition government according to the country’s fragile peace accord. President Salva Kiir and...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM 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...

Jordan's king visits enclave day after reclaimed from Israel

Nov. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king visited one of two small areas of land that — until a day earlier — were leased to Israel as part of their 1994 peace agreement on Monday. King Abdullah II's toured Baqura, a 200-acre enclave along the Jordan River in the country's north, and tweeted that...

Israel says Expo 2020 in Dubai is a bridge to Arab world

Nov. 11, 2019 11:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's newly appointed commissioner to Expo 2020 said Monday that next year's world fair in Dubai offers the country a unique opportunity to present a fresh face to the Arab world, just as Israel is growing closer to the United Arab Emirates and other Arab Gulf states. Elazar Cohen...