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  • new storyKerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 6:11 am

    MUNICH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is sharply criticizing Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of "repeated aggression" in both places.

  • new storyRussian PM: West rekindling the Cold War 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 5:25 am

    MUNICH - Russia's prime minister accused the West on Saturday of rekindling the Cold War, telling a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and new moves by the NATO alliance "only aggravate" tensions.

  • Germany presses Russia, Ukraine to implement peace deal 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 3:42 am

    MUNICH - Germany's foreign minister pressed for progress on a year-old peace plan for eastern Ukraine as he met Saturday with senior officials from Russia, Ukraine and France, saying he hopes that Moscow and Kiev realize that they don't have forever to implement the deal

  • Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 3:07 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes.

  • North Dakota housing authorities get $2M federal grants 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 2:05 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says more than $2 million in federal funding is being distributed at public housing authorities throughout the state.

  • Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 1:06 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China.

  • The Latest: Pope briefly emerges to speak with well-wishers story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 11:21 pm

    HAVANA - The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

  • US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-12-16 9:20 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.

  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:44 pm

    HAVANA - The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:12 pm

    HAVANA - The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:47 pm

    NEW YORK - A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American nation.

  • O'Farrill's Grammy-nominated CD expands US-Cuba dialogue story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:41 pm

    NEW YORK - Arturo O'Farrill's Grammy-nominated "Cuba: The Conversation Continues" just happened to be made in Havana by American and Cuban musicians at a dramatic turning point in relations between the two countries.

  • The Latest: Aid group says over 100,000 have fled Aleppo story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:29 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

  • Congressional delegation supports storm disaster declaration 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:57 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's congressional delegation is calling on President Barack Obama to support the state's request for disaster assistance to pay for last month's winter storm.

  • House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program.

  • AP News Guide: Diplomats push as Syria battlefield shifts 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:53 pm

    Diplomats from a dozen countries, led by the United States and Russia, are struggling to make progress in Syria, even as fighting in the north sends tens of thousands fleeing and threatens a deepening humanitarian crisis. Next month, Syria's civil war will reach the end of its fifth year, and its consequences continue to reach new and disastrous levels.

  • Iran sees chance to bring down 'wall of mistrust' with US 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:29 pm

    MUNICH - Iran's foreign minister says the nuclear deal with world powers offers a chance to demolish a "wall of mistrust" between Iran and the United States, but it's not a task for Tehran alone.

  • ICC blocks use of 5 witnesses who pulled out of Kenya case 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:03 pm

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International Criminal Court appeals judges ruled Friday that statements made by five witnesses who later changed their stories or refused to testify against Kenya's deputy president cannot be used as evidence.

  • Utah congressional delegation warns Obama against monument 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 1:34 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation is urging President Barack Obama not to use his broad authority to designate a new national monument in the southeast part of the state.

  • Italy mourns, premier demands truth from Egypt in slaying story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 1:32 pm

    ROME - As Italians mourned, Italy's premier insisted Friday that his country's friendship with Egypt can only exist "if the truth emerges" about the death of an Italian doctoral student who was doing research in Cairo.

  • Senate confirms nominees for State posts and ambassadorships 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 1:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed on Friday six of President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassadorships and senior positions at the State Department after GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ended his opposition.

  • South Sudan president appoints rebel leader his deputy 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 12:47 pm

    KAMPALA, Uganda - South Sudan's president appointed his fierce rival as his deputy in a possible government of national unity, raising hopes for peace even as the rebels described the move as inconsequential.

  • The Latest: Official: Half of Calais camp to be evacuated story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 12:26 pm

    SID, Serbia - The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

  • Israel says EU relations 'friendly' again after label spat 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 12:06 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports.

  • France's new foreign minister to join Syria talks 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 10:57 am

    PARIS - France's new foreign minister is going to join talks on Syria at a conference in southern Germany on Saturday.