Q&A: Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value
BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S. diplomacy and international law and...
North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and...
Trump nominates career diplomat as Cape Verde ambassador
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a career diplomat as ambassador to Cape Verde.
John Jefferson Daigle currently serves as the designated federal official for...
Building bridges: Soccer diplomacy in divided Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An initiative to build bridges between the Greek and Turkish speaking communities of ethnically split Cyprus faltered Tuesday after the leader of the breakaway Turkish...
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The new U.S. ambassador to Australia said Wednesday that he's concerned about the way China lends money to developing Pacific nations in what he describes as "payday...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea must not use a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the U.S, a South Korean presidential adviser said Tuesday, saying such a move could be...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Saturday met with top Kosovo leaders in an attempt to persuade the government to revoke or suspend a tariff on Serb goods so that dialogue with...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un returned home on Tuesday after traveling two and a half days by train from Vietnam, where his high-stakes nuclear summit with President...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has proposed semiofficial three-way talks with the United States and North Korea as it struggles to put nuclear diplomacy back on track after the collapse of...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support...
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump framed the breakdown of his nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un as wisely knowing when "to walk." But the stunning collapse revealed the...
2nd Trump-Kim summit crucial moment for Moon’s presidency
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has staked his legacy on the stunning diplomatic progress he has forged with North Korea, as well as the behind-the-scenes...
The Latest: Merkel defends Iran deal; Pence blasts Europe
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has drawn lengthy applause for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and her support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not impressed, however, and he doubled down on American criticism of Europe.
Seoul: US, NKorea officials to meet in Asia ahead of summit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and North Korea will meet again this month in an unidentified Asian country ahead of their leaders' planned second summit in Vietnam in late February,...
South hopeful, wary, but nuke talks crucial for Korean ties
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans, always deeply divided over how best to deal with their often-belligerent northern neighbor, are reacting with both hope and wariness to President Donald...
Steely huntsman at helm of embattled US Embassy in Caracas
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the normally genteel world of high diplomacy, the top U.S. envoy to Venezuela cuts an unusual figure. Born in a small South Carolina town, James Story is an avid hunter and proud collector of memorabilia featuring iconic revolutionaries like Vladimir Lenin and Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
Philadelphia Orchestra to tour China to celebrate diplomacy
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra is celebrating 40 years of official U.S.-China diplomatic ties with a new tour.
Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin will lead the tour in May to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai, with Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist.
The orchestra says that during a time of uncertainty in the countries' relations, they hope to serve as a "cultural bridge."
AP Exclusive: Anti-Maduro coalition grew from secret talks
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The coalition of Latin American governments that joined the U.S. in quickly recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president came together over weeks of secret diplomacy that included whispered messages to activists under constant surveillance and a high-risk foreign trip by the opposition leader challenging President Nicolas Maduro for power, those involved in the talks said.
Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow ‘absurd’
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian officials ridiculed the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Russia's interests, dismissing them Wednesday as "absurd" and "stupid."
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a news conference that U.S. newspaper reports about Trump withholding details of his meetings with Russia's president and an FBI investigation of whether he was working on Moscow's behalf reflected a plunge in journalism standards.
Pompeo says US diplomats’ morale ‘good’ despite shutdown
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American diplomats are upbeat despite the government shutdown that has left many of them working without pay, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday.
North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes _ did he defect?
ROME (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official.
The news came from South Korea's spy agency, which briefed lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday on the status of North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil. It said he went into hiding with his wife in November before his posting to Italy ended late that month.
US envoy on North Korea visits border village amid stalemate
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Thursday visited a border village the rival Koreas has been demilitarizing as part of steps to reduce military tensions amid a larger diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis.
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul did not provide details about Stephen Biegun's visit to Panmunjom. He wasn't expected to meet with North Korean officials at the village, which is often used for diplomacy between the allies and North Korea.
US official says Washington reviewing North Korea travel ban
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea said Wednesday that Washington is reviewing easing its travel restrictions to North Korea to facilitate humanitarian shipments as part of efforts to resolve an impasse in nuclear diplomacy.
Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming.
The deal agreed upon at U.N. climate talks in Poland enables countries to put into action the principles in the 2015 Paris climate accord.
Ecuador: Enough UK guarantees for Assange to leave embassy
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has ramped up pressure on Julian Assange to leave his country's embassy in London, saying that Britain had provided sufficient guarantees that the WikiLeaks founder won't be extradited to face the death penalty abroad.
Pompeo takes aim at global institutions, gets pushback
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioned whether many pillars of international trade and diplomacy are still relevant as he singled out China, Iran and Russia on Tuesday for violating treaties and multistate agreements.
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UN chief: UN close to starting Yemen peace talks in Sweden
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is close to creating conditions for the start of peace talks in Sweden between Yemen's warring parties December but there is no agreement yet, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.
The U.N. chief told reporters this is "a very crucial moment in relation to Yemen."
US and South Korea to scale back major military exercise
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea will scale back a major military exercise next spring to avoid setting back diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.
Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the exercise, known as Foal Eagle and conducted each spring in South Korea to keep ground, air, naval and special operations forces prepared for combat, will be "reduced in scope."
North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea on Friday deported an American citizen it says it detained for illegal entry, a U.S. official said, an apparent concession that came even as the reclusive nation announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington.
North Korea tests new weapon amid stalled nuclear diplomacy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon," state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea.
French president requests respect following Trump’s tweets
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the United States must respect each other, in a response to a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump.
Macron said in an interview Wednesday with French television TF1 from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of southern France that "the French don't expect from me to answer to tweets."
Britain says Saudi-led coalition to allow Yemen evacuations
LONDON (AP) — Britain says the Saudi-led coalition has agreed to allow its adversary in Yemen, the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, to evacuate their wounded out of the country.
Britain's Foreign Office says this is a "major development" that removes a key obstacle to peace talks for the war-torn country under United Nations' auspices.
Tuesday's announcement follows Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
S. Korea sends tangerines to North in return for mushrooms
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has airlifted 200 tons of tangerines to North Korea in return for shipments of pine mushrooms by the North in September, officials said Monday.
Austrian ex-officer suspected of spying for Russia since 90s
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's government said Friday that a retired colonel in the country's military is suspected of having spied for Russia for decades, a claim swiftly dismissed by Moscow.
The 70-year-old man from Salzburg, who wasn't named, allegedly provided a Russian intelligence agency with information about Austria's military and political situation, officials said.
Trump says he’s ‘in no rush’ after NKorea talks postponed
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. is "in no rush" after talks between his top diplomat and a senior North Korean envoy were postponed, throwing stalled diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons into further uncertainty.
Trump said the meeting, which had been due to take place on Thursday in New York, would be rescheduled, and that he still expected to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un early next year.
Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean envoy has been delayed, throwing stalemated diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons into further uncertainty.
The State Department said in a short statement Wednesday the officials would meet later "when our respective schedules permit." It offered no reason, and North Korea's propaganda services have not mentioned the meeting.
Hamas: Gaza protests restrained to give diplomacy a chance
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers scaled down protests at the territory's border fence with Israel as Egypt stepped up efforts to restore calm, making Friday the quietest day of months of deadly confrontations.
Only a few thousand Palestinians rallied at the frontier. Israeli gunfire wounded seven protesters, health officials said — the lowest casualty figures reported since the weekly demonstrations began in March. No attempts to breach the border fence were reported.
S. Korea’s Moon: N. Korean leader Kim to visit Seoul ‘soon’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "soon" visit Seoul as part of a series of high-profile diplomatic efforts aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
At turning point, US urges Yemen cease-fire, political talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — At an apparent turning point in one of its hardest foreign policy challenges, the Trump administration is demanding a cease-fire and the launch of U.N.-led political talks to end the Saudi-Iran proxy war in Yemen. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called for a halt to hostilities within 30 days.
US envoy confident about achieving N. Korea denuclearization
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. envoy for North Korea on Monday expressed confidence about achieving North Korea's nuclear disarmament, despite worries about the slow pace of nuclear diplomacy in recent weeks.
Meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul, Stephen Biegun said that Washington and Seoul have a shared goal of ending seven decades of hostility on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korean war on ‘fake news’ raises concern of censorship
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While governments around the world ponder how to deal with the explosion of "fake news," South Korea has come out swinging, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what officials have declared a threat to democracy.
Abe vows to bolster ties with China day before Beijing trip
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to bolster cooperation and friendship between Japan and China in a key policy speech Wednesday before making the first official trip to Beijing by a Japanese leader in seven years.
Abe said Japan and China are both responsible for the region's peace and prosperity, which he hoped to achieve by boosting exchanges between them. Abe will hold talks with Chinese leaders Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang during his three-day visit.
Acrimony over trade, politics sinking China-US ties further
BEIJING (AP) — "Both ignorant and malicious" was how the official China Daily newspaper recently described comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, offering a stinging insight into the current bitter tone of discourse between the countries.
The White House's move to expand Washington's dispute with Beijing beyond trade and technology and into accusations of political meddling has sunk relations between the world's two largest economies to the lowest level since the Cold War.
UN official: Syria has withdrawn controversial property law
GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war, calling it a good sign that "diplomacy can win — even in Syria."
Jan Egeland said he was told of the decision by Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said Wednesday.
During a parliamentary audit of her ministry, Kang Kyung-wha said the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions South Korea imposed on the North in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors.
The Latest: Trump: Lifting sanctions needs ‘our approval’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea saying it's considering lifting sanctions against North Korea to help diplomacy (all times local):
President Donald Trump says a South Korean proposal to lift some unilateral sanctions on the North will only take place with his say-so.
Asked about Seoul considering lifting some sanctions to create space for diplomacy with North Korea, Trump says: "They won't do that without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."
BERLIN (AP) — While South Koreans cheered with hope and China saw an opening to discuss lifting sanctions on North Korea, some countries in Europe and the Mideast cautioned Tuesday that it was premature to judge U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit a success.
A look at what to expect from the Kim-Trump summit
SINGAPORE (AP) — After a sudden and welcome turn to diplomacy following last year's threats, insults and fears of war — remember "fire and fury" and "dotard"? — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are ready to shake hands, sit down face-to-face and ... do what exactly?