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Colombia and ELN rebels begin moving to restart peace talks

Aug. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's new government and members of the nation's last guerrilla group took steps Friday toward restarting peace talks that were suspended three years ago in Cuba. After a meeting between representatives of both sides in Havana, Colombia's national peace...

Paraguay vice president to quit after US alleges corruption

Aug. 12, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Paraguay Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno said Friday he will resign next week shortly after he was included on a U.S. corruption list for his alleged involvement in offering bribes to a public official. The inclusion of Velázquez on the corruption list,...

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...

EU diplomats visit West Bank school slated for demolition

Aug. 12, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

KAFR MALIK, West Bank (AP) — European representatives on Friday visited a small schoolhouse serving an impoverished Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank that is under threat of demolition by Israel. The EU funds such construction in order to help Palestinians maintain their...

China renews Taiwan threats, island cites 'wishful thinking'

Aug. 11, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday renewed its threat to attack Taiwan following almost a week of war games near the island. Taiwan has called Beijing's claim to the self-governing democracy “wishful thinking" and launched its own military exercises. Taiwan’s “collusion with...

Blinken rebukes Rwanda over rights, suppression concerns

Aug. 11, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday rebuked Rwandan authorities over democracy and human rights concerns, saying the central African country may not reach its full potential without opening up political space and protecting freedoms. “We...

Iranian operative charged in plot to murder John Bolton

Aug. 10, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian operative has been charged in a plot to murder former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in presumed retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed the country’s most powerful general, offering $300,000 to “eliminate” the Trump administration official, the...

US: Syrian government is holding American journalist Tice

Aug. 10, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is certain that the Syrian government is holding American journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in the war-torn country a decade ago. He urged Damascus to help bring Tice back home. Biden’s comments came in a statement...

Sri Lanka introduces reform bill to clip presidential powers

Aug. 10, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's justice minister submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to Parliament on Wednesday that would clip the powers of the president, a key demand of protesters calling for political reforms and solutions to the country’s worst economic crisis. ...

Seoul dismisses Beijing's concerns over anti-missile system

Aug. 10, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government stressed Wednesday it will make its own decisions in strengthening its defenses against North Korean threats, rejecting Chinese calls that it continue the polices of Seoul’s previous government that refrained from adding more U.S. anti-missile...