Diplomacy

September 14, 2020 - 12:08 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Margaret Atwood, whose sweeping body of work includes “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a depiction of a nightmarish totalitarian future for the United States, is this year’s winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates literature’s power to foster peace, social justice and global...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 file photo, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, left and John Major attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London. Remembrance Sunday is held each year to commemorate the service men and women who fought in past military conflicts. The two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to over-ride the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace as well as damaging the U.K.’s reputation. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
September 13, 2020 - 7:12 am
LONDON (AP) — Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the U.K.'s...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club event at the British Embassy in Washington. Darroch, who was British ambassador to the United States until leaked comments about Donald Trump ended his career in July 2019, says he’s not bitter about the way his career ended, and he tells his side of the story in a new memoir “Collateral Damage.” (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
September 13, 2020 - 3:00 am
LONDON (AP) — Kim Darroch is astonished. Britain’s former U.S. ambassador, whose career ended abruptly when his frank views on President Donald Trump were leaked, spent 40 years as a diplomat. But he says he’s never before seen a British government saying it plans to break international law. “It’s...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Chinese staffers adjust a U.S. flag before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. China is delaying the renewal of press cards for at least five journalists working at four U.S. media outlets, an organization of foreign correspondents said Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 making them vulnerable to expulsion in apparent retribution for Washington's targeting of Chinese reporters working in the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool, File)
September 12, 2020 - 8:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has announced new restrictions on the activities of U.S. diplomats working in mainland China and Hong Kong, in what it called a justified response to similar measures imposed on Chinese diplomats in the U.S. last year. In a statement posted online late Friday, a foreign...
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Taliban negotiator Abbas Stanikzai, fifth right, with his delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)
September 12, 2020 - 7:06 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his controversial plan to override sections of the Brexit deal that he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the bloc has an “extreme” interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the future of the U.K. In a column Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in The Daily Telegraph, Johnson said the Internal Market Bill is required to end EU threats to impose a “blockade” in the Irish Sea that he argues could “carve up our country.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
September 12, 2020 - 6:45 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his government's plan to override sections of the Brexit deal he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the EU has an “extreme” interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the U.K.'s future. In a column...
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Taliban delegation arrive to attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/ Hussein Sayed)
September 12, 2020 - 6:44 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Historic negotiations between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political leadership opened in Qatar on Saturday, offering the best chance of peace after decades of war. The U.S. had hoped negotiations would start within two weeks of Feb. 29, when it signed a peace deal with the...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, April 17, 2015, a national library employee shows the gold Nobel Prize medal awarded to the late novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Bogota, Colombia. Swedish lawmaker Magnus Jacobsson tweeted Friday Sept. 11, 2020, that he has nominated the governments of the United States, Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize, for their efforts to secure a peace agreement between the two former Balkan war foes. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, FILE)
September 11, 2020 - 3:01 pm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A Swedish lawmaker said Friday that he has nominated the governments of the United States., Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to secure a peace agreement between the two former Balkan war foes. Swedish parliament member Magnus Jacobsson tweeted...
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FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban say the long-awaited peace talks with the negotiating team selected by the Afghan government are to begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. The announcement on Sept. 10, came in a statement from the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office, and also as an announcement from Qatar’s foreign ministry. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)
September 11, 2020 - 4:50 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Much anticipated negotiations between Afghanistan's warring parties are likely to be “contentious,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Friday, but are the only way forward if Afghans are to find peace after decades of relentless conflict. Pompeo made his comments en route...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials on both sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, a critical next step to a U.S. negotiated peace deal with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
September 10, 2020 - 3:57 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The long-awaited peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government's negotiating team are to begin on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, the Taliban and Qatar's foreign ministry said Thursday. The talks — known as intra-Afghan negotiations — were laid out in a peace...
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