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7 nations vying for 5 U.N. Security Council seats

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hoping to woo delegates, both Canada and Ireland have brought out superstar power with Celine Dion and Bono, respectively

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

Sick of lockdown: Panda escapes confinement in Copenhagen zoo

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Xing Er, a soon to be seven-year-old male panda, takes a tour of the zoo, which was closed at the time

A picture taken on April 9, 2019 shows Panda Xing Er sitting in its enclosure in the Copenhagen zoo. Driven by a sudden desire to escape, a panda briefly escaped on June 8, 2020 from its enclosure at the Copenhagen zoo, before being apprehended by the staff in the park, without causing injuries. Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP

U.S. resumes talks with Taliban in Doha – US source

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The source says the focus of discussion will be reduction of violence that leads to intra-Afghan negotiations and a ceasefire

China overtakes U.S. in number of diplomatic missions

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Beijing's diplomatic footprint continues to grow, with new missions popping up in 'Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia, and Sao Tome and Principe – all former diplomatic friends of Taipei'


In bombshell, Trump calls off secret summit, talks with Taliban

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The US President hits the Taliban for claiming responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Kabul amid ongoing peace negotiations

PEACE DEAL NO MORE? US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the press while departing the White House in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2019, for the G7 Summit in France. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

U.S., Taliban on 'threshold' of deal – U.S. Afghan envoy

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Washington's special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says the deal would help foster 'a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country'

SHORAB CAMP. A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on August 28, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S., Taliban push for peace in day 2 of talks

Aug 04, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Efforts are underway to organize a meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar

SHORAB CAMP. A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on August 28, 2017. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. eyes breakthrough in push for peace with Taliban

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) The United States wants to withdraw thousands of troops but only in return for the insurgent group renouncing Al-Qaeda and curbing attacks

PEACE TALKS. In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. A skinny tangle of razor wire snakes across the entrance to the Afghan army checkpoint, the only obvious barrier separating the soldiers inside from any Taliban fighters that might be nearby. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.S. importers find ways to adapt to, skirt Trump's tariffs

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Companies in sectors such as technology, clothing, and footwear are exporting more goods from emerging giants including Vietnam and Malaysia

US TRADE. A container ship sits in the San Francisco Bay on May 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Iran set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap

Jul 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) Iran also threatens to abandon more commitments unless a solution is found with the remaining parties to the landmark 2015 agreement after Washington unilaterally pulled out

BREACH THRESHOLD. President Hassan Rouhani's order to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by an endangered nuclear deal would be implemented 'after the last technical details were sorted,' says Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S., Taliban resume talks on ending war

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The talks mark the 7th round of negotiations aimed at ending America's longest war

SHORAB CAMP. In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

'Nobody reads the communique:' Top G20 moments

Jun 29, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Here are some of the top moments and bon-mots from the 2 day meeting hosted by Japan in the city of Osaka

CLIMATE CHANGE. Protesters wearing masks of world leaders including a giant paper mache Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump demonstrate against climate change and coal use as world leaders convene at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Pak Yiu/AFP

China warns tech giants after U.S. Huawei ban – report

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The Chinese government summon executives from American firms Dell and Microsoft and South Korea's Samsung to warn them that any moves to ramp down their businesses in China may lead to retaliation

CONCERNS ABOUT HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018 a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Iran leader condemns U.S. Mideast plan as 'great betrayal'

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Washington is gearing up to roll out economic aspects of its long-awaited plan for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians at a conference in Bahrain

IRAN LEADER. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office on June 5, 2019 shows the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding a rifle as he delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Iran president rules out talks until U.S. acts 'normal'

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'The party that has left the negotiating table, the party that has trampled the pact must return to a normal' behavior, Hassan Rouhani says in a televised speech

TALKS WITH US. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. File photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

China to create blacklist of 'unreliable' foreign firms

May 31, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Chinese move to create its own 'entity list' appears to be a way to pressure foreign companies to maintain commercial relations with Huawei

TRADE WAR. In this picture taken on May 30, 2019, people walk past Huawei advertising at Shenzhen-Bao'an international airport in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Iran says does not 'presently' believe in mediation with U.S.

May 28, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Spokesman Abbas Mousavi says Tehran 'does not feel any tension or [the possibility of] clashes' and says concerns have been 'created by others'

IRAN ON MEDIATION. Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. walks out of U.N. arms control body in Venezuela protest

May 28, 2019 - 7:02 PM

'Whatever is discussed in there, whatever is decided, has absolutely no legitimacy because it is an illegitimate regime presiding over that body,' says US ambassador to the conference, Robert Wood

WALK OUT. This file photo shows US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/AFP

U.S. fingers Iran on Gulf attacks but eases tone

May 22, 2019 - 12:20 AM

Top Trump officials appeared to be toning down weeks of fiery warnings to Iran before delivering a classified briefing to the full Congress

US-IRAN. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump delivering a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on January 8, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kremlin warns new Ukraine leader against calls for more sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'This is the rhetoric that will not help Ukraine to sort out the problem of the southeast,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the separatist conflict in the ex-Soviet country's industrial east

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

Beijing slams U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 06, 2019 - 6:24 PM

China's foreign ministry says the Chinese navy asked the US vessels to leave after they entered waters adjacent to Gaven and Chigua reefs in the Spratly Islands, which Beijing calls Nansha

CHIGUA REEF. This undated handout photo released by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows the alleged reclamation by China on what is internationally recognized as the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, otherwise known as the Mabini Reef by the Philippines and Chigua Reef by China. AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA)

North Korea slams 'foolish and dangerous' Pompeo

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February

NORTH KOREA AND POMPEO. Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Trump says he welcomes China, Russia help over North Korea

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Russia slams 'scandalous' order in Ukraine to boost local language

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The reaction comes hours after Ukraine's parliament approved a controversial law to enhance the status of the Ukrainian language at the expense of Russian

LANGUAGE. Young activists write a placard reading 'Ukrainian language is us!' during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on April 25, 2019. The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law enforcing the use of Ukrainian in official settings. Photo by Sergei  Supinsky/AFP

Israel tells citizens to leave Sri Lanka over 'concrete threat'

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The recommendation from Israel's counterterrorism bureau says it is issuing the travel warning after consultations with security and foreign ministry officials

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

North Korea needs 'security guarantees' in exchange for denuclearization – Putin

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

North Korea 'needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,' Russian President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prior to their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

North Korea's Kim, Putin to hold first talks in Russia's Far East

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:47 PM

(UPDATED) Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov says the focus of the first meeting between the two men 'will be on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula'

Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) His main rival Benny Gantz concedes defeat on Wednesday night, April 10, and final official results are expected to be announced by Friday, April 12

VICTORY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over 'tense situation' – KCNA

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

It comes ahead of the opening of the country's rubber stamp legislature on April 11

TOP-LEVEL MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called a full meeting Wednesday, April 10, of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Kremlin says U.S. not to 'worry' about Russia-Venezuela ties

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian foreign ministry also insists the presence of its troops in Venezuela do not pose a threat to anyone

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN VENEZUELA. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

U.N. Security Council to meet on Golan at Syria's request

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Syria has requested the meeting in a March 26 letter sent to France, which holds the council presidency for the month of March, calling President Donald Trump's decision a 'flagrant violation' of UN resolutions

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Rallies sweep Syria to condemn U.S. Golan move

Mar 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Demonstrators take to the streets across the war-torn country to protest Washington's decision

GOLAN HEIGHTS. Syrian national flags are flown in the Syrian town Ain al-Tineh across from Majdal Shams in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on March 26, 2019. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

China's Xi says new Silk Road runs both ways as Italy signs up

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Italy has rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping, who will on March 23 sign a memorandum of understanding for Rome to join the $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative

NEW SILK ROAD. This photo taken and handout on March 22, 2019 by the Quirinale Presidential Press Office shows Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands after addressing a press conference following their meeting at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, as part of a two-day visit to Italy. AFP PHOTO / QUIRINALE PRESS OFFICE

Mideast anger over Trump's Golan vow 'breaking international law'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) In an angry retort, the Syrian government says US President Donald Trump's comments disregarded international law

SYRIA REACTION. A file photo taken on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 27, 2018 shows members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone using a binocular to look towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as smoke billows during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels over the control of the Quneitra border crossing. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

China protests Taiwan leader's U.S. transit

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits

Pompeo visits Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) It could be taken as tacit approval of Israel's sovereignty over the site, one of the holiest in Judaism and located in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem

TOGETHER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. Photo by Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

EU makes counteroffer as Brexit pressure rises

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The European Union offers Britain to leave the customs union, but without bringing Northern Ireland with them

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Trump won't sign China trade pact unless it's 'great'

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) US and Chinese officials have said they are making progress toward a resolution of the dispute but a US diplomat in Beijing says Friday, March 8, that an agreement is not imminent

US-CHINA TRADE DEAL. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Trump says relationship with North Korea's Kim 'remains good'

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

North Korea's state media acknowledges for the first time the collapse of the high-stakes Hanoi summit, which ended without any agreement on reducing Pyongyang's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief

'GOOD' RELATIONSHIP. US President Donald Trump (L) listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea slams new joint drills between Seoul and Washington

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The US and South Korea agree to replace two major war games that take place every spring with a shorter 'Dong Maeng' or 'Alliance' exercise – a move designed to further ease tensions with the North

ALLIES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

EU hopes Venezuela reconsiders expulsion of German ambassador

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Germany's ambassador Daniel Kriener was among more than a dozen foreign representatives who welcomed opposition leader Juan Guaido at Caracas airport, but so far the only one deemed 'persona non grata'

EXPELLED. In this file photo taken on February 19, 2019 German ambassador to Venezuela Daniel Kriener speaks to journalists after attending a meeting with Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, at the National Assembly in Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Taiwan asks U.S. for new fighter jets to defend against China

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The request, if granted, could ramp up tensions between China and the United States