- Ex-UK foreign minister Hague among House of Lords appointees Updated: Aug-27-15 9:10 am
LONDON - The British government has rewarded advisers, staff and defeated or retired lawmakers with seats in the House of Lords.
- In talks, Muslim rebels seek independence in south Thailand Updated: Aug-27-15 8:28 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Muslim militant leaders in talks with Thai authorities to end a deadly insurgency said Thursday they are seeking an independent state and are ready to negotiate a solution.
- Yemen says it's not negotiating with Houthi rebels Updated: Aug-27-15 7:58 am
CAIRO - The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite rebels who captured the capital, Sanaa, last September, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said Thursday.
- South Sudan rebels urge president to respect pact Updated: Aug-27-15 7:26 am
JUBA, South Sudan - A spokesman for South Sudan rebels says the president's reservations about a peace deal he signed signal "a lack of commitment" to making peace.
- Migration, anti-extremism focus of Western Balkans summit Updated: Aug-27-15 7:13 am
VIENNA - Seeking to stem the flow of Mideast migrants, Austria's foreign minister on Thursday floated elements of a five-point plan that foresees establishing safe havens in the region where those seeking asylum in the EU could be processed and - if they qualify - be given safe passage to Europe.
- Chippewa plan to test treaty rights on Minnesota lake Updated: Aug-27-15 5:06 am
NISSWA, Minnesota - A group of Chippewa Indians plans to harvest wild rice on a Minnesota lake to try to assert rights they contend they hold under an 1855 treaty.
- Walker talks tough on China while campaigning in Iowa Updated: Aug-27-15 3:07 am
DENISON, Iowa - GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker renewed his call Wednesday for President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit with the president of China, saying the move would not hurt trade with states like Iowa, where he was spending the day campaigning, or Wisconsin where he is governor.
- Secrets have long slipped into State Department email Updated: Aug-27-15 3:06 am
WASHINGTON - During the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials in Washington were emailing one another with updates in real time. Embedded in those messages were nuggets of classified information, including an apparent reference to a CIA facility that was a closely guarded secret.
- Venezuela, Colombia vow more cooperation in border dispute Updated: Aug-26-15 10:52 pm
CARTAGENA, Colombia - The foreign ministers of Colombia and Venezuela promised to increase cooperation Wednesday following talks to ease heightened tensions caused by the closure of a major border crossing and a weeklong crackdown on Colombian migrants and smugglers.
- 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.
- Russian lawmaker wants Kerry sanctioned Updated: Aug-26-15 7:16 pm
MOSCOW - A member of Russia's upper house of parliament is calling for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his deputies to be placed on Moscow's sanctions list.
- 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.
- Congo's president signs legislation for elections Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's president has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar.
- Lawsuit dismissed over candidates' petition filing date Updated: Aug-26-15 1:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three independent candidates in Arkansas who argued the state unfairly restricted their access to the ballot.
- UN envoy confident Libya peace talks are in final stages Updated: Aug-26-15 11:59 am
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. envoy for Libya says he is "increasingly confident" that U.N.-brokered peace talks are in their final stages, and he is urging both sides not to squander the opportunity.
- China's Xi staying the course despite sliding economy Updated: Aug-26-15 9:22 am
BEIJING - What does China's leadership lose politically as a result of the country's precipitous stock market decline? A bit of international swagger, but probably not much else - for now.
- In shift, US backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe Updated: Aug-26-15 7:01 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month's U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka's government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes.
- Norway accused of unfairly taking away immigrant children Updated: Aug-26-15 3:37 am
STAVANGER, Norway - One August day, Airida Pettersen received the news many immigrant mothers have come to dread: School representatives told the Lithuanian that child welfare officials removed her two children from the classroom and placed them in a foster home.
- Trump has Univision anchor removed from new conference Updated: Aug-25-15 10:20 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump engaged in a prolonged confrontation with the anchor of the nation's leading Spanish-language network during a news conference Tuesday, first having the well-known news personality removed before allowing him back in.
- Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit Updated: Aug-25-15 7:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters - just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.
- GOP Sen. Corker acknowledges momentum for Iran deal Updated: Aug-25-15 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON - A key Republican committee chairman acknowledged Tuesday that the White House lobbying campaign for the Iran nuclear deal has generated results, and said he doesn't know if opponents of the deal can prevail.
- Watchdog: US Ambassador Kennedy used private email Updated: Aug-25-15 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Senior staff at the U.S. Embassy to Japan, including Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, have used personal email accounts for official business, an internal watchdog said in a report Tuesday. Some emails contained sensitive information.
- UN: China arms firm sold $20M in weapons to South Sudan Updated: Aug-25-15 2:17 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. panel of experts said that a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan's government last year, several months into the country's deadly internal conflict.
- UN to 'act immediately' if South Sudan doesn't sign deal Updated: Aug-25-15 1:44 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council says it is ready to "act immediately" if South Sudan's president doesn't sign a peace deal Wednesday.
- Cotton: Iran agreement could spark second 'nuclear age' Updated: Aug-25-15 1:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he thinks an agreement aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program could instead create a "second nuclear age" that would threaten the United States and its allies.