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Stories with subject: International relations
  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:04 am
  • BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine - Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:37 am
  • PERTH, Australia - A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued to search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:31 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:04 am
  • WASHINGTON - Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.

  • UN ambassador, swimmer among Vermont speakers 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 10:10 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A long-distance swimmer, an oceanographer and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among this spring's commencement speakers at Vermont colleges and universities.

  • Registration deadline to vote in primary near 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 8:04 am
  • ATLANTA - Georgians have just a few days left to register if they want to vote in next month's primary election.

  • Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:23 am
  • TEHRAN, Iran - A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

  • EU official against cutting Russia gas ties 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:17 am
  • BERLIN - A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.

  • Time not on side of Russia-Ukraine detente deal 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:03 am
  • WASHINGTON - Not until the final minutes of more than seven hours of negotiating was an agreement struck in Geneva this week to calm boiling tensions along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine. But the deal won't be sealed until its terms are met, and patience is wearing thin as time runs out.

  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:00 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.

  • Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:52 am
  • TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day.

  • SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:40 pm
  • JUBA, South Sudan - An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials there said.

  • UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:41 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

  • Va. base to be home for embassy training center 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:17 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Members of Virginia's congressional delegation say Fort Pickett will be the home of a training center for U.S. diplomatic personnel assigned to high-threat areas around the globe.

  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:41 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

  • Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:02 pm
  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced Thursday.

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions - for now 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:29 pm
  • GENEVA - In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:19 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.

  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:06 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

  • UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:50 pm
  • VIENNA - Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.

  • Tom Berman named deputy for AP's Central Region 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:34 pm
  • CHICAGO - Tom Berman, a veteran editor and leader at The Associated Press who has directed coverage of stories ranging from air disasters, terror attacks and the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, has been named the cooperative's new deputy editor for the U.S. Central Region, overseeing the AP's journalism in 14 states in middle America.

  • Oregon audit: Shift welfare focus to jobs 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:49 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - A state audit calls on Oregon to turn its attention from getting aid to people slammed by the Great Recession to getting them jobs.

  • Text of joint statement on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:30 pm
  • GENEVA - Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:

  • Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:01 pm
  • GENEVA - Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:55 am
  • Wisconsin State Journal, April 16