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Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab nation to do so as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administration to further ease the Jewish state's...

 

Pompeo, Kushner to Mideast as US presses Arab-Israeli peace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will send two top officials to the Middle East this week in a bid to capitalize on momentum from the historic agreement between Israeli and the United Arab Emirates to establish diplomatic relations. Three... Full story

 

AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their...

 

US sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing's effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former...

 

US orders China to close its consulate in Houston

BEIJING (AP) — The United States said Wednesday that it has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston "to protect American intellectual property" and the private information of Americans. China strongly condemned the move, the latest in a...

 

US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on...

 

Democrats to interview ousted State Department watchdog

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Democrats will interview former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Wednesday as part of their investigation into his abrupt firing by President Donald Trump. Linick will speak to Democrats on the...

 

US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it is ending nearly all of the last vestiges of U.S. sanctions relief provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would revoke all but one of sanct...

 

Democrats investigating Trump firing of State Dept. watchdog

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats demanded on Saturday that the White House hand over all records related to President Donald Trump's latest firing of a federal watchdog, this time at the State Department, and they suggested Secretary of State Mike...

 

US to boost aid to Greenland in bid to counter Russia, China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to announce an expanded diplomatic presence in Greenland and a new assistance package for the vast island aimed at thwarting growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Arctic. The...

 

USAID head, rare Trump aide with bipartisan support, resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development is stepping down after two-and-a-half years of running America's main foreign humanitarian aid programs. Former Republican congressman Mark Green announced his resignation...

 

US and Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Acknowledging a military stalemate after nearly two decades of conflict, the United States on Saturday signed a peace agreement with the Taliban that is aimed at ending America's longest war and bringing U.S. troops home from...

 

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home. If...

 

US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal would call for...

 

Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, warns of China's growing reach

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday pressed Kazakhstan to be wary of Chinese investment and influence, urging the Central Asian nation and others to join calls demanding an end to China's repression of...

 

US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is coming out Thursday with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting "birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. Visa applicants...

 

As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country's international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump...

 

State Dept. undersecretary testifies in impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's third-ranking official testified Wednesday for more than six hours in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry as they investigate President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. David Hale had been...

 

Former envoy defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her...

 

Analysis: Trump's Syria move gets quick, negative results

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. must escape the "Endless Wars" in the Middle East, President Donald Trump repeatedly declares. Mission accomplished, at least in the shortest of short terms. When on Wednesday Turkey attacked the Kurds, America's...

 

In Italy, Pompeo can't escape Washington impeachment furor

ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo toured the...

 

Pompeo acknowledges he was on Trump call at center of probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Wednesday he was on the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president that's at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. But Pompeo continued to push back...

 

US official: Trump's special envoy to Ukraine has resigned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over the President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, resigned Friday from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European...

 

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as...

 

AP Analysis: Trump uses Israel to fuel partisan fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's encouragement and support of Israel's decision to ban two Democratic lawmakers may play well to his political base, but it could endanger the foundations of the U.S.-Israel relationship in the longer...

 

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