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Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The longtime Russian leader warns Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow will consider it a 'serious threat'

STATE OF THE NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The promise comes as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadows the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat says she and fellow visiting congressmen are asserting the role of their legislative branch as co-equal to the executive

US BACKING. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The fresh controversy in Polish-Israeli ties comes after a row in 2018 over a Polish law that made it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes

AFTER WARSAW. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / AP AND POOL / Dan Balilty

Pence urges EU to recognize Guaido as Venezuela president

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'So today we call on the European Union to step forward for freedom and recognize Juan Guaido as the only legitimate president of Venezuela,' says US Vice President Mike Pence

INTERIM. The president of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Letting Venezuela chair world disarmament body would be 'travesty' – U.S.

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The United States is among more than 50 countries that have recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president

Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices delight after an opening dinner where he spoke in the same room as top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain

WARSAW TALKS. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

U.N. notified of name change to North Macedonia

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) A UN official says a notice will be sent to the General Assembly and the Security Council to inform them of the change

NAME CHANGE. People are at work to change boards at the border between Macedonia and Greece near Gevgelija on February 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

U.S. presents Middle East vision in Warsaw, but no converts

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The countries that are sending top officials to Warsaw are pushing for a tough line on Iran

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[OPINION] Social media and the changing nature of diplomacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'Despite the risks, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media applications made diplomacy more inclusive. No longer is diplomacy shrouded in mystery'

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Malaysia, Singapore tensions flare after boat collision

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Both Singapore and Malaysia claimed that Saturday's collision involving a Greek bulk carrier and Malaysian boat off Tuas, in western Singapore, had happened in their own waters

U.S., North Korea to continue summit talks next week – Seoul

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 this year following their landmark first summit in Singapore in June 2018

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korea announces hike in payment for U.S. troops

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the expense of keeping American forces on the peninsula

FOAL EAGLE. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper/AFP

Ministers meet on Venezuela as border blockade halts aid shipment

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:00 AM

All eyes are on the Venezuelan border, where the armed forces have blocked an intended route into the country for desperately-needed humanitarian aid, heightening tensions with Washington

MEETING. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) arrives for a meeting on Venezuela in Montevideo on February 7, 2019. Photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

France recalls Italy envoy as relations plumb new depths

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The latest spat has erupted after Italy's deputy prime minister and Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio said he had met with 'yellow vest' anti-government protesters outside Paris

TENSION. This file photo shows Italy's Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio during a session for a Parliament vote of confidence on Italy's revised 2019 budget, on December 29, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Russia says blocked from Venezuela talks in Uruguay

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:04 PM

European and Latin American envoys are set to gather in Montevideo for the first meeting of a 'Contact Group' with the goal of creating conditions for a peaceful political process

SUPPORT. This file photo shows Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and head of delegation Sergei Ryabkov attending a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference in Beijing January 30, 2019. File photo by Thomas Peter/Pool/AFP

2-day Trump-Kim summit calls for real progress – analysts

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Delivering his State of the Union on Tuesday, February 5, Donald Trump says the time and place are set: Vietnam on February 27 and 28

SECOND SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Erdogan accuses EU of seeking Maduro's ouster in defiance of 'democracy'

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government survived a coup bid in July 2016, has given support to Nicolas Maduro in the wake of the crisis, telling him in a phone call to 'stand tall'

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Here is a summary of whom key players are backing, after Juan Guaido declared himself acting president on January 23 in defiance of the leftist President Nicolas Maduro

POLITICS. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R). File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S., South Korea meet on eve of Trump-Kim II preparatory talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:08 PM

A senior South Korean presidential official says 'South Korea and the US have been working well together, and we have high expectations for the meeting between Pyongyang and Washington'

PREPARATION. US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun (centre R) arrives at Incheon international airport on February 3, 2019. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. hands bank accounts to Venezuela's Guaido

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off on the order for Juan Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and federally insured banks

INTERIM. In this file photo, Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.N. envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission

YEMEN TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is pictured upon his arrival at Sanaa International airport on January 5, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

TALKS. In this file photo, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

EU drafting appeal for Venezuela's Maduro to call elections – diplomats

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:49 PM

'We want an immediate call for elections in the near future,' says one diplomat following a meeting of European Union ambassadors who discussed wording for a new and tougher declaration

APPEAL. This file photo shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Australian detained in China receives consular visit – official

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Embassy staff made a consular visit to Yang Jun in the afternoon, according to a brief statement released by the Australian department of foreign affairs

DETAINED. File photo of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun. From facebook.com/yanghengjun

Ties between U.S., Russia and China 'dysfunctional' – U.N.

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The dysfunction is evident 'in the economy, but it is also true in the Security Council,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells the World Economic Forum in Davos

US, RUSSIA, CHINA. A file picture taken on January 25, 2012 shows participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting standing under a sign reading 'World Economic Forum' at the Congress Center in Davos. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Maduro rallies military support as U.S. backs Venezuela challenger

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:06 PM

A furious Nicolas Maduro responds to the US move by breaking off diplomatic ties with the 'imperialist' US government, giving its diplomats 72 hours to leave

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

France won't enter a 'stupidity contest' with Italy – minister

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:23 PM

France's Nathalie Loiseau says the government will not wage a war of words or otherwise seek to retaliate against Rome, but working meetings and visits between the two countries are largely out of the question for now

TENSION. In this file photo, French Minister attached to the Foreign Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau addresses media representatives after the weekly cabinet meeting at The Elysee Palace in Paris on October 3, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

China rebukes ex-envoys over detained Canadians

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:44 PM

An open letter from a group of former diplomats and academics says both Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor worked to improve understanding of China and to promote better relations with the world

U.N. envoy in Yemen for talks on Hodeida truce

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:56 PM

A UN source confirms the news, saying Griffiths is in Yemen to 'work on the rapid implementation of the Hodeida agreement'

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Top North Korean in Washington to prepare new Trump summit

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-chol is the first North Korean dignitary in nearly two decades known to have spent the night in the US capital

NEW SUMMIT. This combination of file pictures shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Patrick Semansky/AFP

New envoy in Syria to revive U.N. mediation efforts

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Geir Pedersen, who replaces Staffan de Mistura, is the fourth negotiator to have been appointed UN special envoy to Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011

NEW ENVOY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2019 shows Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (R) meeting with the new United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen in the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The timing and swiftness of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's sentence, and the inclusion of new evidence, raise suspicion among observers

REQUEST FOR CLEMENCY. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says they have already spoken with China's ambassador to Canada and 'requested clemency' for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. File photo from the Twitter account of Chrystia Freeland

Corruption warning as Romania takes over EU presidency

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The European Commission wants the left-leaning Romanian government to scrap controversial judicial reforms, saying they undermine the battle against graft

ROMANIA TAKES OVER. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila (L) arrive at the Romanian Atheneum to attend the ceremony marking the taking over the EU Council Presidency by Romania for the next six months in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

China's Xi hopes U.S., North Korea will 'meet halfway'

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Xi Jinping says China 'supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results'

US-NORTH KOREA TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Factory tour for North Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The unannounced trip has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming Kim Jong-un's presence in Beijing, there has been no detail provided from either the North Korean or Chinese side on his schedule.

BEIJING VISIT. This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

Trump ramps up Mexico wall row with speech, border visit

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Democratic leaders respond to Donald Trump's planned speech by calling for equal airtime to rebut the president's 'malice and misinformation'

MEXICO WALL. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trudeau, Trump denounce China's 'arbitrary detention' of Canadians

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Though no link has been officially made, the arrests are thought to be in retaliation for Canada's December 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei

US AND CANADA. In this file photo, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (R) speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 official welcome at Le Manoir Richelieu on day one of the G7 meeting on June 8, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. File photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is at Xi Jinping's invitation and is set to run until January 10

ANOTHER MEETING. This file photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on May 7, 2018 and released on May 9 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) talking to China's President Xi Jinping (R) during a banquet in the Chinese city of Dalian. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

'Asylum-seeking' North Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'I worked with Jo in the same department at Pyongyang's foreign ministry for so long but never imagined that he would seek asylum,' says Thae Yong-ho

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones / AFP

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, has applied for asylum to an unidentified Western country with his family

Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The Taliban delegation discusses with Iran 'the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region'

TALKS. Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Xi, Trump vow cooperation on diplomatic anniversary – state media

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Trump hails his 'solid friendship' with China's Xi, despite the ongoing trade war between the two countries

FRIENDSHIP. China President Xi Jinping hopes 'to advance China-US relations featuring coordination, cooperation and stability.' File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the North may be 'compelled to explore a new path' for defending the country's sovereignty if the US 'remains unchanged' in their stance against sanctions

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin says Russia still 'open to dialogue' with U.S.

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:06 AM

'Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and international security,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

Trump declares end to U.S. 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump's surprise visit prompts criticism from Iraqi authorities, noting that it was 'not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states'

TRUMP IN IRAQ. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Xi warns no one can 'dictate' China's path, 40 years on from reforms

Dec 18, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Xi Jinping vows to press ahead with economic reforms but makes clear that Beijing will not deviate from its one-party system or take orders from any other country

40 YEARS. A general view shows the celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China's 'reform and opening up' policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Australia reaffirms Israel decision despite backlash

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:30 PM

A contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv – a proposal made during a crucial Sydney by-election that critics said was timed to attract Jewish voters – will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved

DISPUTED. A picture taken from the Mount of Olives shows the Old City of Jerusalem, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Australia also commits to recognizing a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP