- Merkel makes vague warning on Catalan independence plan Updated: Sep-01-15 6:58 am
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European Union treaties guarantee the integrity and sovereignty of member nations, a diplomatic warning to separatist politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia who plan to declare independence if they win a majority in upcoming local elections.
- US murder suspect extradited to Czech Republic Updated: Aug-31-15 3:38 pm
PRAGUE - An American suspected of killing four Czech family members has been extradited from the U.S. to face trial, officials said Monday.
- In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy Updated: Aug-29-15 1:40 pm
WASHINGTON - With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.
- UN warns South Sudan of sanctions if peace deal isn't kept Updated: Aug-28-15 5:43 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council warned South Sudan's feuding president and ex-vice president that it is ready to impose an arms embargo and sanctions if they don't immediately stop fighting and implement a new peace agreement.
- 3 militants killed, 10 Philippine marines wounded in clash Updated: Aug-28-15 7:43 am
MANILA, Philippines - At least three Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10 Philippine marines were wounded in a clash Friday with about 300 of the militants in a remote southern village, the military said.
- South Sudan rebels urge president to respect pact Updated: Aug-27-15 12:41 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - A spokesman for South Sudan rebels said Thursday the president's reservations about a peace deal he signed a day earlier signal "a lack of commitment" to peace, and a fighting reportedly broke out along the Nile River.
- Suu Kyi: Myanmar rebels should think carefully on peace deal Updated: Aug-26-15 9:40 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.
- South Sudan leader signs peace deal amid sanctions threat Updated: Aug-26-15 4:46 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy.
- Huckabee criticizes China, trade deals after market drop Updated: Aug-24-15 10:40 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee accused China on Monday of reneging on trade deals and continued his push for a national sales tax after stocks tumbled from a widespread sell-off.
- Iran deal picks up support following Reid's endorsement Updated: Aug-24-15 11:48 am
WASHINGTON - With Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on board, the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers is picking up momentum to survive fierce opposition from Republican and Israeli opponents.
- Obama sheds summer curse, just in time for daunting fall Updated: Aug-23-15 10:49 pm
EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts - President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse - just in time for a daunting fall.
- German "Ostpolitik" pioneer Egon Bahr dies at 93 Updated: Aug-20-15 8:40 am
BERLIN - Egon Bahr, the German statesman who helped pioneer the "Ostpolitik" policy of improving relations with the communist East under West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, has died. He was 93.
- Labor unions facing tricky choice in Democratic primaries Updated: Aug-19-15 6:04 pm
LAS VEGAS - The choice facing labor unions in the Democratic presidential race boils down to hearts or heads - Bernie Sanders, who embraces their forceful opposition to a big trade deal, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is a strong favorite for the nomination.
- South Sudan president to sign peace deal in days, US says Updated: Aug-19-15 3:50 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would sign a peace deal with his rival within days, the State Department said Wednesday, as fighting resumed in parts of the country.
- AP Interview: Huckabee vows to shake up Mideast policies Updated: Aug-19-15 1:03 pm
JERUSALEM - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Wednesday vowed to abandon key American policies in the Mideast if he is elected next year, endorsing positions that would put the U.S. at odds with its closest allies.
- McConnell: Tobacco should not be excluded from trade pact Updated: Aug-18-15 6:38 pm
SHELBYVILLE, Kentucky - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled Tuesday that the inclusion of anti-tobacco language in a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated could influence his stance on a potential agreement covering nearly 40 percent of the global economy.
- US weighs more security, withdrawal option for Sinai forces Updated: Aug-18-15 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press.
- Sullivan: Russian moves highlight Arctic concerns Updated: Aug-17-15 5:59 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said the Russians are looking to militarize the Arctic, making it all the more important for the U.S. to have a broad Arctic strategy that includes having sufficient troops based in Alaska.
- South Sudan's leader refuses to sign peace deal Updated: Aug-17-15 3:56 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir refused Monday to sign a peace agreement with rebel forces, saying he needs more time, mediators said Monday.
- South Sudan's warring leaders go into negotiations Updated: Aug-16-15 1:25 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Leaders from the South Sudan's warring factions are in Ethiopia in a last ditch effort to sign a peace deal ahead of Monday's deadline to end the country's civil war.
- 248 ex-lawmakers not banned for bid to change Thai charter Updated: Aug-14-15 10:10 am
BANGKOK - Thailand's legislature voted Friday against impeaching 248 members of the previous Parliament, sparing them a ban from politics for trying to amend the constitution.
- Cambodian leader orders arrest of opposition senator Updated: Aug-13-15 10:04 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodia's prime minister on Thursday demanded the arrest of an opposition senator, accusing him of treason for comments posted on Facebook criticizing a 36-year-old border agreement with neighboring Vietnam.
- Britain's Hammond in China for security, climate talks Updated: Aug-12-15 10:34 am
BEIJING - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday that an international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program could give impetus to efforts aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
- Michigan lawmakers seek study on Canadian nuclear waste plan Updated: Aug-10-15 7:58 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Members of Congress from Michigan announced a new effort Monday to prevent the burial of Canadian nuclear waste near the Lake Huron shore, calling for a study by an agency that represents both nations in boundary waters disputes.
- Senators demand documents over Malaysia trafficking upgrade Updated: Aug-06-15 3:02 pm
WASHINGTON - Senators angered by the decision to upgrade Malaysia in the State Department's human trafficking report threatened a subpoena on Thursday unless they receive all communications related to the annual U.S. ranking of countries' efforts to combat modern-day slavery.