- AP NewsBreak: Deal reached on provisional Haiti government 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 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.
- Afghanistan meeting ends with call for talks with Taliban Updated: Feb-06-16 11:22 am
ISLAMABAD - Four-nation talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 15-year war concluded Saturday with a call for direct negotiations between the government and the Taliban by the end of February, but recent battlefield advances by the insurgents could make it hard to coax them to the table.
- In Obama's final year, Senate is slow to act on his nominees Updated: Feb-05-16 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - If you wear combat fatigues to work, then your nomination is almost sure to sail through the Senate. If not, you're likely in for a long wait.
- Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting Updated: Feb-05-16 5:09 pm
BEIRUT - Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.
- Russia says it will offer new ideas to restart Syria talks Updated: Feb-05-16 4:24 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Facing Western criticism over the halt to Syria peace talks, Russia said Friday it plans to present new ideas on how to restart peace efforts at a meeting of nearly 20 key nations on Feb. 11.
- Afghan Taliban close ranks around new leader Updated: Feb-05-16 11:53 am
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's Taliban are closing ranks around their new leader after months of infighting that followed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, which could allow the insurgents to speak with one voice in hoped-for peace talks but will also strengthen them on the battlefield.
- Turkish PM: no talks with PKK before it lays down arms Updated: Feb-05-16 5:53 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed not to negotiate peace with Kurdish rebels until the group lays down its arms.
- Diplomats from 7 countries learning about primary Updated: Feb-05-16 4:02 am
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Diplomats from around the world are spending several days in New Hampshire attending rallies, campaign briefings and political party dinners as they get a close look at the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
- Peace deal in reach, Obama says US to help Colombia rebuild Updated: Feb-04-16 10:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Nudging Colombia toward a peace deal that's finally within reach, President Barack Obama committed the United States on Thursday to helping the battle-scarred nation rebuild after half a century of guerrilla conflict.
- Judge: US citizen serving as foreign diplomat can face trial Updated: Feb-04-16 9:40 pm
NEW YORK - A U.S. citizen serving as a foreign diplomat from the Dominican Republic is not immune from criminal prosecution in a United Nations bribery scandal, a judge ruled Thursday.
- State IG: Classified email found from Powell, Rice tenures Updated: Feb-04-16 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released Thursday.
- US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya Updated: Feb-04-16 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe - particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.
- Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 2:34 pm
CAIRO - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
- Analysis: Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive Updated: Feb-04-16 2:05 pm
BEIRUT - It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.
- Spanish king's UK trip delayed amid talks to form gov't Updated: Feb-04-16 10:43 am
MADRID - Spain's King Felipe VI is putting off a March state visit to Britain because of difficult negotiations among his country's political parties to form a new government following inconclusive December election results.
- North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China Updated: Feb-03-16 11:42 pm
BEIJING - The timing couldn't have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy's visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea's chief ally.
- Philippines fears new fighting with stalled Muslim autonomy Updated: Feb-03-16 7:21 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Congress ended its last regular session of its term Wednesday without passing a Muslim autonomy bill that aims to peacefully settle a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south, sparking concerns the setback may ignite new fighting.
- China urges restraint over North Korea rocket launch Updated: Feb-03-16 7:19 am
BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called for all sides to show restraint over North Korea's announcement that it plans to launch a rocket in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
- Castro meets with French officials to boost business ties Updated: Feb-02-16 1:47 pm
PARIS - Cuban President Raul Castro held a series of meetings with senior French officials on Tuesday, the second day of a state visit to France aimed at boosting business ties between the two countries.
- Kerry hits million-mile mark in diplomatic travel Updated: Feb-02-16 10:53 am
WASHINGTON - He won't get elite frequent flier status with any airline, but Secretary of State John Kerry has hit the million-mile mark in diplomatic travel.
- Official: Starvation in South Sudan as peace process stalls Updated: Feb-02-16 6:39 am
JUBA, South Sudan - The head of an international group monitoring South Sudan's peace process said Tuesday that people are starving in the country's Western Equatoria state as the government and rebels delay forming a transitional government to end the country's civil war.
- Germany's Merkel presses Putin on Ukraine separatists Updated: Feb-02-16 5:46 am
BERLIN - The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged President Vladimir Putin to use Russia's influence with separatists in eastern Ukraine to help secure progress toward a political solution.
- 4 ex-Blackwater contractors appeal convictions in shootings Updated: Feb-01-16 8:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Four former Blackwater security contractors found guilty in a deadly Baghdad shooting appealed their convictions on Monday, saying a key witness against them had changed his testimony after the trial and that prosecutors lacked jurisdiction to even bring the case.