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  • new storyDiplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:56 pm

    MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate ceasefire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.

  • The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 7:33 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):

  • Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 2:26 pm

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - Peace talks aimed at reunifying ethnically split Cyprus have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will function under a federation, the country's president said Thursday.

  • Burden of Kaesong closure to mostly fall on S. Korean firms 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:18 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's sudden withdrawal from a factory park in North Korea is a severe blow for the South Korean businesses that populated it, but is unlikely to make much difference to the North's decrepit economy despite being a stern diplomatic measure.

  • Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 12:13 am

    HAVANA - The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:14 pm

    MUNICH - Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

  • The Latest: Russia has held important talks with US on Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 4:03 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

  • NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 3:41 pm

    BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.

  • French foreign minister leaving to head Constitutional Court story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:10 am

    PARIS - France's top diplomat is leaving his post to become chief of the Constitutional Council, France's top court which makes sure that legislation complies with the constitution.

  • UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 11:49 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.

  • Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

  • Senate confirms Obama's choice for ambassador to Myanmar 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 2:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as ambassador to Myanmar.

  • Turkey summons US ambassador over Syrian Kurdish forces spat 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 1:34 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to "convey unease" a day after the U.S. State Department spokesman said that, unlike Turkey, Washington doesn't recognize Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists."

  • More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 7:53 am

    NEW YORK - More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.

  • Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 5:16 am

    In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.

  • Displaced by fighting, Kurdish residents call for peace story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:20 pm

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Azize Calis is pleading for peace.

  • Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 10:15 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine rebel leader said Monday that Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact would delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south.

  • Top Philippine diplomat and China critic resigns over health 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 8:02 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' top diplomat, who was behind a bold government move to challenge the validity of China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea at an international tribunal, has resigned due to health reasons, officials said Monday.

  • Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia's first special envoy for human rights, the government said Monday.

  • UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:41 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.

  • The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:28 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

  • Afghanistan hopes to meet with Taliban this month 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 8:09 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan expects to hold direct talks with the Taliban by the end of this month, an official said Sunday.

  • AP NewsBreak: Deal reached on provisional Haiti government story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:35 pm

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Top Haitian leaders negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down, an official with the Organization of American States and local authorities announced Saturday.

  • Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.

  • Italy demands answers as student's body flown in from Cairo story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:42 pm

    ROME - Italy demanded Saturday that Egyptian authorities swiftly determine who was responsible for the torture and slaying of an Italian doctoral student researching Egyptian labor movements and other social issues in Cairo.