- UK ex-diplomat says Hong Kong relocation 'plan' was joke Updated: Jul-03-15 4:52 am
LONDON - A former British diplomat says a bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was a joke between government officials.
- UN, Libyan groups pressure rivals to accept peace deal Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 am
SKHIRAT, Morocco - U.N. mediators and Libya's internationally recognized parliament have presented a tentative peace deal to rival Tripoli leadership, hoping for approval within days.
- Analysis: Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades Updated: Jul-03-15 3:09 am
WASHINGTON - The stumbles, blunders, and policy chaos that have sent increasingly frosty U.S.-Russia relations into what many now call a new Cold War might have been inevitable.
- Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey Updated: Jul-02-15 9:29 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - A Seattle man was indicted on murder and terrorism charges Thursday for allegedly shooting a New Jersey college student last year in a fit of rage over the U.S. government's role in the Middle East, which authorities said is the first time a terror charge has been brought in the state in connection with a murder case.
- UN leader voices concern about Dominican crackdown Updated: Jul-02-15 7:55 pm
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Caribbean leaders Thursday that he shares concerns about a crackdown on migrants in the Dominican Republic, most of whom are from Haiti or of Haitian descent.
- Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans Updated: Jul-02-15 5:39 pm
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.
- 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.
- Vermont man found guilty of lying about war gets new trial Updated: Jul-02-15 4:58 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - A man who was found guilty of lying about his participation in war crimes that occurred during the 1992 Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict will receive a new trial.
- Top Republican doubts Senate will confirm ambassador to Cuba Updated: Jul-02-15 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.
- 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.
- Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties Updated: Jul-02-15 12:35 pm
HANOI, Vietnam - For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.
- Merkel's office invites US envoy to discuss latest spy claim Updated: Jul-02-15 11:20 am
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Thursday to discuss the latest reports of alleged U.S. spying on Germany, a German official said.
- 173 Uighur refugees arrive in Turkey from Thailand Updated: Jul-02-15 11:14 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A total of 173 people from the minority Chinese Muslim community of Uighurs have arrived in Turkey from Thailand, where they were being held after fleeing China, a Turkey-based Uighur group said Thursday.
- Analysts say UN sanctions on South Sudan not very helpful Updated: Jul-02-15 10:31 am
JUBA, South Sudan - The U.N. sanctions imposed on South Sudanese generals are not likely to help the peace process, some analysts said Thursday.
- New Mexico tribal leaders gather for annual summit Updated: Jul-02-15 5:22 am
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico - Native American leaders from around New Mexico are gathering at Santa Ana Pueblo for the state's annual tribal summit.
- Russia won't call Srebrenica a genocide but many others do Updated: Jul-01-15 6:31 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Western nations and Russia may be dueling over whether the U.N. Security Council should call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war an act of genocide but at Wednesday's General Assembly commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst mass killing since World War II there was no doubt.
- Some Cubans see US thaw as a boon, others pessimistic Updated: Jul-01-15 6:20 pm
HAVANA - As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while others doubt it will do anything to improve their lives.
- Libya's internationally accepted PM 'aspires' to peace deal Updated: Jul-01-15 5:50 pm
VALLETTA, Malta - The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday.
- Burundi: 6 die in clashes between police and protesters Updated: Jul-01-15 5:11 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Six people have been killed as protesters clashed with security forces in a neighborhood southeast of the capital, Bujumbura, police said.
- UN sanctions 6 generals for fueling South Sudan conflict Updated: Jul-01-15 5:09 pm
- 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):
- Estonia's foreign minister steps down amid court ruling Updated: Jul-01-15 12:26 pm
TALLINN, Estonia - Estonia's foreign minister says she is resigning following a local court ruling that connected her to the bankruptcy of her father's freight company and ordered her and other defendants to pay claims to creditors.
- Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute Updated: Jul-01-15 8:53 am
MOSCOW - The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said - but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.
- China says concerned over Turkish religious complaints Updated: Jul-01-15 6:50 am
BEIJING - China expressed its displeasure Wednesday with Turkey's complaints about restrictions on worship and fasting by minority Chinese Uighur Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Bradley University center signs Canadian deal Updated: Jul-01-15 4:28 am
PEORIA, Illinois - Bradley University says a new trade agreement signed by a business center on campus and a similar organization in Winnipeg, Canada, will open up new areas for cooperation between industries in the two areas.