- Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking Updated: Jul-28-15 1:25 am
BANGKOK - Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.
- Lawsuit points to hacking by Ethiopia as Obama makes visit Updated: Jul-27-15 3:34 am
WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.
- Police say gunmen kill local US Embassy employee in Pakistan Updated: Jul-26-15 9:01 am
ISLAMABAD - Police say gunmen have killed a local employee of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, though a motive for the attack is still unclear.
- Kenyan bombing victims appeal for aid ahead of Obama visit Updated: Jul-23-15 2:16 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi are appealing for financial compensation from the United States ahead of a visit this week by President Barack Obama.
- Cuban dissidents feel sidelined as US focuses on state ties Updated: Jul-23-15 12:10 am
HAVANA - In the seven months since the U.S. and Cuba declared detente, American politicians have flooded Havana to see the sights, meet the country's new entrepreneurs and discuss the possible end of the U.S. trade embargo with leaders of the communist government.
- Cuban consulate possibility divides Miami, Tampa officials Updated: Jul-22-15 4:09 pm
MIAMI - Now that Cuba has an embassy again in Washington, D.C., consulates could be coming to serve its people, most of whom live in Florida. Miami and Tampa have the closest historical ties to the island, but they have very different things to say about the idea.
- Myanmar gives 153 Chinese life in jail for illegal logging Updated: Jul-22-15 10:40 am
YANGON, Myanmar - A court in northern Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on Wednesday after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing.
- Grievances persist despite start of new era in US-Cuba ties Updated: Jul-20-15 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The Cuban national flag fluttered in the Washington sun Monday as the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of estrangement, formally re-establishing relations severed at the height of the Cold War. But the symbolism of an embassy ceremony could not conceal deep, lingering conflicts between the nations.
- US, Cuba set to reboot relations over 5 decades after split Updated: Jul-19-15 2:02 pm
HAVANA - Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag is set to fly outside the country's diplomatic mission in the United States for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961.
- Cuban flag to hang in State Dept. lobby as embassies reopen Updated: Jul-17-15 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON - The Cuban flag will soon be hung in the lobby of the State Department, joining those of other nations with which the United States has diplomatic relations, the department said Friday.
- Raul Castro eyes 'new stage' for US-Cuba as ties to resume Updated: Jul-15-15 9:11 pm
HAVANA - Raul Castro said Wednesday that Cuba and the United States are entering a new era as the countries prepare to restart diplomatic relations next week, though he insisted more changes in U.S. policy toward the communist-run island are necessary.
- Hundreds attend prayer rally for missing Zimbabwean activist Updated: Jul-11-15 1:14 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Church leaders and opposition politicians on Saturday accused the Zimbabwean government of foot-dragging in the search for an activist who has been missing for four months.
- The Latest: Egypt to repair Italian Consulate after bombing Updated: Jul-11-15 12:37 pm
CAIRO - The latest news on the blast outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo early Saturday morning (all times local):
- Man pleads guilty to sending hoax letters with white powder Updated: Jul-10-15 3:58 pm
DALLAS - A Texas man faces up to 25 years in prison for mailing hundreds of hoax letters that contained a white powder to schools, government offices and U.S. embassies.
- Congresswomen ask US government to probe Saudi Arabia death Updated: Jul-10-15 3:38 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire congressional delegation members are urging the U.S. State Department to investigate the death of an American in Saudi Arabia.
- GAO: Kabul US embassy construction faces cost overruns Updated: Jul-09-15 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Construction at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been plagued by delays and cost overruns that may have affected security, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.
- Thailand condemned for repatriation of 109 Uighurs to China Updated: Jul-09-15 4:43 pm
BANGKOK - Thailand faced a blizzard of international criticism Thursday, and its consulate in Istanbul was ransacked, after it deported 109 ethnic Uighur refugees to China despite fears that they would face persecution there.
- Senate GOP balks at Cuba embassy restrictions Updated: Jul-07-15 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON - Fellow Republicans have stopped GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham from using an annual foreign aid funding bill to block work on a U.S. Embassy in Cuba.
- McConnell: Senate unlikely to confirm ambassador to Cuba Updated: Jul-02-15 5:28 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican majority is unlikely to confirm an ambassador to Cuba as the United States prepares to re-open its embassy in the communist country after more than 50 years of hostile relations.
- Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy Updated: Jul-02-15 2:14 pm
HAVANA - From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.
- The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls Updated: Jul-01-15 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):
- US senator on visit to Venezuela amid diplomatic detente Updated: Jun-30-15 5:55 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation.
- The Latest: Attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2 Updated: Jun-30-15 11:07 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.
- US envoy confident Australia will manage gay marriage debate Updated: Jun-30-15 5:22 am
CANBERRA, Australia - The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.