- US due to stop managing Afghan airspace by end of June Updated: May-06-15 2:34 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States is to stop managing Afghan airspace by the end of June after its air-traffic control contract with the government in Kabul expires, a development that could see international airlines forced to cancel flights both into the country and over its territory.
- Australian leader brushes off snub to diplomat's gay partner Updated: May-06-15 2:19 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's prime minister on Wednesday brushed off controversy over his office's treatment of the gay partner of the Australian ambassador to France.
- 11 dead after Mali separatists launch central region attack Updated: May-05-15 5:40 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - Members of a coalition of separatist groups attacked a town in central Mali on Tuesday, killing 11 people and moving violence farther south after a cease-fire was broken last week, a spokesman and the government said.
- Ex-IRA man linked to 2005 slaying shot dead in Belfast Updated: May-05-15 4:01 pm
DUBLIN - A former Irish Republican Army commander linked to one of the outlawed group's most notorious killings was shot dead at close range Tuesday morning on a street near his home in Belfast, residents and police said.
- Boat diplomacy: Capitol's top 3 headed on joint fishing trip Updated: May-05-15 2:16 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's center of political power is moving north for the weekend.
- Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia Updated: May-05-15 1:08 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history.
- Diplomats: Iran nuke talks to resume next week in Vienna Updated: May-05-15 12:17 pm
VIENNA - Diplomats say that the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will take place next week in Vienna.
- UN envoy starts consultations on Syrian civil war in Geneva Updated: May-05-15 11:46 am
BEIRUT - A United Nations envoy began a series of low-level consultations Tuesday in Geneva with representatives of the Syrian government and its opponents in the hopes of restarting peace talks.
- UN envoy: Cyprus leaders ready to restart peace talks Updated: May-05-15 7:31 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - A United Nations envoy says Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will decide on the exact date when stalled talks aimed at reunifying the war-divided island nation will resume after they hold their first meeting next week.
- Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture Updated: May-04-15 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists.
- US gives $45 million to help Kenya with refugee crisis Updated: May-04-15 12:56 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States said Monday it will give $45 million to help Kenya deal with an increasingly complex refugee crisis in a region long defined by Somalia's endemic violence, but where war in nearby Yemen is now creating conditions so dire that some people are even fleeing to Somalia.
- Qatar says Taliban, Afghan officials to hold 2 days of talks Updated: May-02-15 1:28 pm
DOHA, Qatar - Afghan and Taliban officials will hold two days of "reconciliation" talks in Qatar, the Gulf nation's state news agency reported Saturday, although both sides sought to downplay expectations from the meeting.
- Kerry says Yemen not yet a failed state, seeks peace talks Updated: May-02-15 9:46 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Yemen can avoid ending up a failed state.
- Russia-called UN urgent meeting on Yemen ends without action Updated: May-01-15 6:01 pm
UNITED NATIONS - An emergency meeting on Yemen by the U.N. Security Council ended Friday with the 15 members unable to agree on an immediate statement on the growing crisis. The ambassador from Russia, which called the meeting, wondered why his colleagues talk about the need to help but can't take action.
- Administration worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen Updated: May-01-15 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.
- North Korean diplomats cause chaos at UN event on rights Updated: Apr-30-15 2:28 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A U.S.-organized event on North Korea's human rights briefly turned into chaos at the U.N. on Thursday as North Korean diplomats insisted on reading a statement of protest, amid shouts from defectors, and then stormed out.
- Last US Marines to leave Saigon describe chaos of war's end Updated: Apr-30-15 12:54 pm
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - As the Marines scrambled to the roof of the U.S. Embassy, they locked a chain-link gate on every other floor to slow the throng of panicked Vietnamese civilians sure to come behind them. They knew if the crowd pushed through to the top, they could easily be overrun by hundreds of people desperate to get a seat on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon.
- Iran's foreign minister says nuke deadline not 'sacrosanct' Updated: Apr-29-15 5:26 pm
NEW YORK - Iran's foreign minister says his country and world powers will meet Thursday to start bringing together the elements of a draft on a comprehensive nuclear deal, with meetings starting Monday in Europe to finalize all its elements.
- Envoy: UN wants Libya political agreement by Ramadan Updated: Apr-29-15 4:32 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations envoy on Libya said Wednesday the Security Council wants to see a political agreement on Libya before Ramadan, which begins in the middle of June, but he says he cannot be optimistic amid the country's chaos.
- Japanese state dinner surprises with haiku, sake and R&B Updated: Apr-29-15 3:43 am
WASHINGTON - The first White House state dinner in more than a year served up some surprises: a president reciting haiku, toasts using sake instead of champagne and the leader of Japan describing relations between the countries using the words of a popular R&B classic.
- The Latest: 'Jersey Boys' serenade guests at state dinner Updated: Apr-28-15 10:59 pm
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- Golf course debate reflects Vietnam army's capitalist streak Updated: Apr-28-15 10:02 pm
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Vietnam's busiest airport, once a major gateway for thousands of U.S. troops headed for battle, is now the scene of a slow-burning controversy linked to the commercial clout of the country's powerful military.
- Michelle Obama dons Tadashi Shoji gown at Japan state dinner Updated: Apr-28-15 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to the nation of honor at Tuesday's White House dinner for Japan by wearing a gown by Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji.
- UN Security Council extends mission in Western Sahara Updated: Apr-28-15 2:37 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A small U.N. peacekeeping force in Western Sahara has been extended for another year but without the human rights monitoring mandate that residents have long demanded. The territory held by Morocco is called Africa's last remnant of a colonial past.
- Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential Updated: Apr-28-15 10:15 am
BERLIN - A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.