Diplomacy

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 18, 2019 - 1:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an...
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July 18, 2019 - 10:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it has opened an investigation after learning that the official Twitter account of the country's mission to the Palestinian territories had "liked" anti-Israel tweets. The comments came after top-selling Bild newspaper reported that the "likes...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, shakes hands with Hwang Kyo-ahn, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party chairman, during a meeting with ruling and opposition party leaders to talk about an ongoing South Korea-Japan trade conflict at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Bee Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 10:22 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties' leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1981, file photo Bruce Laingen steps from the first of four planes carrying the freed Iranian hostages from West Point, N.Y., to their official welcome in Washington. Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died at age 96. He died July 15, 2019, according to his son. (AP Photo)
July 17, 2019 - 9:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 has died. L. Bruce Laingen (LAYNG'-ehn) was 96. Laingen's son Chip says his father died Monday in Bethesda, Maryland. Laingen was one of 52 Americans held hostage for more...
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Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif addresses the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
July 17, 2019 - 8:41 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the United Nations, sparking concern from the world body. Representatives to the U.N. from Iran and some other countries have long had some limitations on their movements. But the new rules for...
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July 17, 2019 - 2:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding that Russia comply with arms control treaties as the formal demise of a key Cold War-era nuclear pact looms in just two weeks. At a meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, U.S. diplomats told their Russian counterparts that complete compliance...
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Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, right, and Sudan's pro-democracy movement leader Ahmad al-Rabiah shake hands after signing a power sharing document in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Hjaj)
July 17, 2019 - 11:08 am
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held...
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This image posted by RUDAW Facebook TV, an Irbil-based Kurdish broadcaster, shows broken glass shows in the window of a restaurant that was the scene of a shooting, in Irbil, Iraq, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Turkey's state-run news agency says a Turkish diplomat working at Ankara's consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil was killed during a shooting attack inside the restaurant there. (RUDAW Facebook TV via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 10:24 am
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate, Turkey's state-run news agency and Iraqi media said. The rare shooting in broad daylight jolted the...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Alhakim at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad, Iraq. Zarif for the first time suggested his country's ballistic missile program could be on the table for negotiations with the U.S. - if America stops selling arms to its Gulf allies in the Mideast, Monday night, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
July 17, 2019 - 8:45 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that reflect more backtracking after a remark by the top diplomat suggesting the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in...
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July 17, 2019 - 7:33 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. ambassador in Moscow says Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children. Ambassador John Huntsman says Russia hasn't issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive next month and adds "children should not be used as pawns in...
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