Peace treaties

Pope Francis delivers his message during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 10, 2019 - 9:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, center, walks Gen. Scott Miller, right, chief of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, at the U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Esper arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, where stalled peace talks with the Taliban and persistent violent attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. He told reporters traveling with him that he believes the U.S. can reduce its force in Afghanistan without hurting the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lolita C. Balbor)
October 22, 2019 - 3:33 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 policemen in the latest attack by insurgents, an Afghan provincial official said Tuesday. The multi-pronged attack on the checkpoint in the Ali Abad district of northern Kunduz province began...
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 20, 2019 - 7:39 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, where stalled peace talks with the Taliban and persistent violent attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration's pledged to withdraw more than 5,000...
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South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar, left, is greeted by South Sudan officials as he returned to the country, Saturday, Oct.19, 2019, to meet with President Salva Kiir less than a month before their deadline to form a unity government after a five-year civil war. Macher's two-day visit includes a scheduled meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who arrives Sunday with a U.N. Security Council delegation.(AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
October 19, 2019 - 7:37 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar returned to the country Saturday to meet with President Salva Kiir less than a month before their deadline to form a unity government after a five-year civil war. Machar last met face-to-face with Kiir in September, when they...
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the government building of Toulouse, southwestern France, Wednesday, Oct.16, 2019. President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Wednesday to demonstrate the solidity of the French-German relationship at a meeting in southern France, one day before a key EU summit that may approve a divorce deal with Britain. (AP Photo/Frederic Scheiber)
October 16, 2019 - 1:47 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Ireland's president says it's paramount that any Brexit deal safeguards the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland. Michael Higgins says his country's good relations with Britain will "prevail." He added...
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Voters queue to cast their votes in Maputo, Mozambique, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 in the country's presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections. Polling stations opened across the country with 13 million voters registered to cast ballots in elections seen as key to consolidating peace in the southern African nation. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)
October 15, 2019 - 12:15 pm
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique turned to vote-counting on Tuesday in an election that tests a wary peace in the southern African nation of nearly 30 million people, while scattered incidents of ballot-stuffing were reported and observers in several provinces were restricted from doing their...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. The Taliban met Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday, Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
October 05, 2019 - 8:50 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday. He offered...
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Wounded Afghans lie on a bed at a hospital after a bomb attacks in the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Afghans headed to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president amid high security and Taliban threats to disrupt the elections, with the rebels warning citizens to stay home or risk being hurt. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)
October 02, 2019 - 6:52 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago. Taliban spokesman Suhail...
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Colombia's President Ivan Duque speaks during an interview with The Associated Press before departing, to attend the United Nations General Assembly, from the CATAM air base in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Duque's will speak before the General Assembly and is expected to condemn Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro as an abusive autocrat who is not only responsible for the country's humanitarian catastrophe but is also now a threat to regional stability for his alleged harboring of Colombian rebels labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. and European Union. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
September 22, 2019 - 4:56 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor. Ivan Duque made...
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Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Kuchma told The Associated Press Friday that he is concerned that the leaders of France and Germany who mediate talks between Russia and Ukraine will push President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to make unacceptable trade-offs to Russia. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
September 13, 2019 - 12:45 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian president's envoy for peace talks with Russia-backed separatists expressed concern Friday that the leaders of France and Germany will push Ukraine to make unacceptable concessions to Russia. Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a bitter standoff since 2014, when...
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