Diplomacy

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, National Counterterrorism Center Director Christopher Miller testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and has replaced him with Miller. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)
November 17, 2020 - 4:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars even as Republicans and U.S. allies...
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, speaks as his Palestine counterpart Riyad al-Maliki, left, listens during a news conference following their meeting, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)
November 17, 2020 - 9:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister warned Tuesday against unilateral steps that could hurt Mideast peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians following the change in administration in the United States. President Donald Trump has strongly backed Israel during his four-year term,...
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Ethnic Armenians carry a coffin with the body of their relative Sergei Gabrilyan, moved from a grave, to repatriate his remains to Armenia, in Kalbajar in separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. It is unclear when any civilians might try to settle in Karvachar, which will now be known by its Azeri name Kalbajar, or elsewhere. Armenians who are going to leave separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh dig up the remains of their ancestors to bring them from the territory, which is to be handed over to Azerbaijanis. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
November 16, 2020 - 4:33 pm
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's foreign minister resigned Monday amid political turmoil that has engulfed the country following a cease-fire deal for the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that calls for ceding territory to longtime adversary Azerbaijan. The Moscow-brokered truce halted...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 16, 2020 - 3:01 pm
The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by Jan. 15, a U.S. official said Monday. The order would stop short of outgoing President Donald Trump’s goal to have all troops withdrawn by the end of the year, which had faced opposition...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020 file photo, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien speaks with reporters at the White House, in Washington. President Donald Trump's national security adviser promised a "very professional transition" to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden in an interview broadcast Monday, Nov. 16 even as Trump continues to falsely claim he won the November election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 16, 2020 - 10:57 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser promised a “very professional transition” to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden in an interview broadcast Monday, even as Trump continues to falsely claim he won the November election. Speaking to the...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks to a motorcade vehicle after stepping off a plane at Paris Le Bourget Airport, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Le Bourget, France. Pompeo is beginning a 10-day trip to Europe and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
November 16, 2020 - 7:52 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has met Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump’s top diplomat behind closed doors in a potentially uncomfortable encounter only nine days after having congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory. Macron’s office said U.S. Secretary...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem gestures as he speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. Al-Moallem, a career diplomat who became one of the country's most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against Syria's President Bashar Assad, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. He was 79. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
November 16, 2020 - 4:21 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, a career diplomat who became one of the country’s most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against President Bashar Assad, died on Monday. He was 79. Al-Moallem, who served as ambassador to Washington for nine...
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People walk at the decorates side in front of the abandoned buildings with a Turkish and Turkish Cypriots breakaway flags, before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspects the newly opened beachfront of Varosha in war-divided Cyprus' in the Turkish occupied area in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Erdogan appeared to throw a fresh bid to restart dormant Cyprus reunification talks into doubt, saying that a two-state deal rather than the long-established federal formula is the way forward. (AP Photo/Nedim Enginsoy)
November 15, 2020 - 10:33 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to throw into doubt a new bid to restart dormant Cyprus reunification talks, saying Sunday that a two-state deal rather than the long-established federal formula is the way forward. Speaking at commemorations for the 37th...
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November 14, 2020 - 8:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five American soldiers killed in a helicopter crash this week while on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula included one who left behind a wife pregnant with their daughter. The soldiers were part of an international force that monitors the four-decade-old Israeli-...
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Refugees from the Tigray region of Ethiopia wait to register at the UNCHR center at Hamdayet, Sudan on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray regional government has fired rockets at two airports in the neighboring Amhara region as a deadly conflict threatens to spread into other parts of Africa’s second-most populous country. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)
November 14, 2020 - 4:57 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rockets were fired at Eritrea's capital on Saturday, diplomats said, as the deadly fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region appeared to spill across an international border and bring some of observers' worst fears to life. At least three rockets appeared to be aimed at...
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