- Israel's new defense minister backs two-state solution Updated: May-30-16 3:19 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman said he supports a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians after he was sworn in as defense minister on Monday.
- Uganda to stop security cooperation with North Korea Updated: May-30-16 12:09 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - Uganda is cutting military ties with North Korea to comply with U.N. sanctions over North Korea's nuclear program, a Ugandan official said Monday following a meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and South Korea's visiting president.
- Syria's cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch Updated: May-29-16 7:31 am
BEIRUT - Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ways backfired.
- AP Analysis: Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader Updated: May-28-16 1:02 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. But Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a hard-liner who has used his religious credentials to justify the Taliban insurgency that has killed or wounded tens of thousands of Afghan civilians as a "holy war" and his succession has inspired little hope for an end to the bloodshed.
- Japan shares G-7 push for inclusive growth with Asia, Africa Updated: May-28-16 7:14 am
NAGOYA, Japan - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is sharing a push by the Group of Seven advanced industrial nations to promote inclusive growth across the globe in meetings with leaders of seven developing countries.
- UN: Syria impedes humanitarian aid to besieged Updated: May-27-16 5:48 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Deliberate interference, most notably by the Syrian government, continues to hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid to the more than half million people trapped in besieged areas by the country's nearly four-year-old civil war, a top United Nations Official said Friday.
- Israeli ex-officers issue peace plan, condemn gov't inaction Updated: May-27-16 3:00 pm
JERUSALEM - A group of more than 200 Israeli military and intelligence officers criticized the government for a lack of action in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Friday and issued a detailed plan they say can end the impasse.
- Cyprus president ready for peace talks after UN spat over Updated: May-27-16 7:58 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Talks to reunify the ethnically divided island of Cyprus appear to be back on track after its president said he's ready to pick up where things left off following a halt after a perceived attempt to diplomatically upgrade the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.
- EU committing $645 million to Colombia's peacebuilding Updated: May-27-16 7:49 am
BRUSSELS - The European Union has committed to provide Colombia with a package of 575 million euros ($645 million) to help the nation recover from a half century of civil war.
- New US ambassador to Mexico arrives to take up post Updated: May-26-16 7:26 pm
MEXICO CITY - Roberta Jacobson arrived to assume her new role as the United States ambassador to Mexico on Thursday, coming at a time when immigration and Mexican trade have been heated themes in the U.S. presidential campaign.
- UN envoy to Syria: Peace talks not set to resume for weeks Updated: May-26-16 2:55 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria plans a resumption of peace talks "as soon as feasible" between the government and opposition, but he set no new date and expects that it will "certainly not" come within the next two to three weeks, his office said Thursday.
- Savchenko's return heralds new turmoil in Ukraine Updated: May-26-16 12:03 pm
MOSCOW - After being freed from a Russian jail, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands to emerge as a wild new force in Ukraine's already volatile politics.
- New Taiwan president to visit allies Panama, Paraguay Updated: May-26-16 1:00 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan says President Tsai Ing-wen will visit allies Panama and Paraguay next month on her first overseas trip since taking office, amid speculation over possible moves by China to tighten its diplomatic noose around the self-governing island.
- UN envoy says radically more must be done for Mideast peace Updated: May-25-16 7:19 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Palestinians in Gaza are growing ever more desperate and unless "radically more" is done to address the situation, it is only a matter of time before there is another escalation of violence, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.
- UN lifts last sanctions on Liberia in sign of support Updated: May-25-16 6:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the last remaining sanctions on Liberia in a sign of support for the government's progress toward peace after two civil wars.
- The Latest: Congressional Dems play down Clinton report Updated: May-25-16 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on the State Department audit that faulted Hillary Clinton's email practices and cybersecurity (all times local):
- Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead Afghan Taliban Updated: May-25-16 2:28 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - A little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor.
- The Latest: US diplomat overjoyed at Ukraine pilot's release Updated: May-25-16 2:00 pm
KIEV, Ukraine - The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (all times local):
- Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media Updated: May-25-16 9:09 am
CAIRO - Egypt deported a French journalist without explanation on Wednesday, the reporter and his newspaper said, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government on freedom of expression and the media.
- Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers Updated: May-25-16 7:30 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command.
- Pakistan army tells US it is concerned over drone strike Updated: May-25-16 4:26 am
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's military says the country's army chief met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad's serious concerns over the drone strike that killed the former Taliban leader.
- Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat Updated: May-24-16 11:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations' most powerful body.
- 2 more journalists go missing in lawless area of Colombia Updated: May-24-16 9:27 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Two more journalists were reported missing Tuesday in a lawless region where Colombian security forces were already carrying out an extensive search for a prominent Spanish journalist who disappeared over the weekend.
- UN happy Africa's rapid reaction force about to be reality Updated: May-24-16 6:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday that the United Nations - which has 80 percent of its peacekeepers deployed in Africa - is very happy that the African Union's long-awaited rapid reaction force will become a reality in July.
- Senators air rights concerns about India ahead of PM's visit Updated: May-24-16 12:25 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers said Tuesday they are encouraged by growing defense cooperation with India but remain concerned about religious intolerance and slavery in the South Asian nation ahead of a visit by its prime minister.