Austrian leader: Trump foreign policy successful in parts

Europe 02/17/19, 10:52

Austria’s chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as “very successful” as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday’s edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert a trade war, which ...

Merkel defends Iran stance, urges China to join arms talks

Europe 02/16/19, 06:21

German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European powers' decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in the face of U.S. criticism as she delivered a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs and urged China to join future disarmament efforts.Merkel's comments at the Munich Security Conference, ...

Pompeo meets with EU’s top diplomat amid Pence attack

Europe 02/15/19, 02:40

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Brussels for expected tense talks with the European Union's top diplomat. Pompeo was having a brief meeting Friday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini just a day after Vice President Mike Pence attacked the organization and some of its members for trying ...

EU, Arab League agree to disagree over meeting statement

Europe 02/04/19, 11:16

The European Union and Arab League say they agree on tackling conflicts in Syria and Yemen or stalled Middle East peace efforts but were unable to approve a joint statement at talks in Brussels.The organizations' ministers were preparing Monday for a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on ...

Update: Nations form group to deal with Venezuela crisis

America 02/03/19, 09:15

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 10:05 a.m. The European Union says that a newly formed "International Contact Group" of European and Latin American countries will hold its first meeting in Uruguay on Thursday to address the crisis in Venezuela. A joint statement from EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ...

Senate reasserts foreign policy role, influence Trump agenda

Politics 02/02/19, 10:07

Two years into Donald Trump's presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his "America First" foreign policy agenda. The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump's instincts, while individual GOP lawmakers are seeking sway — defense hawks vying with noninterventionists — over ...

EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections

Europe 02/01/19, 08:36

The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.She said ...

Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions

Politics 01/28/19, 00:57

The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic. The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try ...

Update: Ministers urge EU to mediate in Venezuela

Europe 01/22/19, 10:21

The Latest on a National Guard uprising in Venezuela (all times local):9:20 a.m.Foreign ministers of five European countries say they want the European Union to take an active role in international mediation they deem necessary in Venezuela, where the opposition is readying for a new round of anti-government protests on ...

Official: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

Europe 01/18/19, 10:31

Cyprus' foreign minister says he's optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation's contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean.Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press on Friday that Washington sees the "added value" of allowing ...

Update: Lavrov mocks claims that Trump worked for Russia

Europe 01/16/19, 06:42

The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Russia's foreign minister has ridiculed allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Moscow's interests. Sergey Lavrov has told a news conference that U.S. media reports claiming that Trump might have been a Russian agent reflect ...

Pompeo in Cairo: ‘The age of self-inflicted American shame is over’

Politics 01/12/19, 10:55

It’s a new day in American foreign policy. On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a forceful speech in Cairo, Egypt, in which he stated that the Trump administration had learned from the mistakes of the Obama administration and has reasserted the traditional U.S. role as a “force for good” in the ...

EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount

Europe 12/18/18, 10:36

The European Union's top diplomat is calling on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as tensions rise between the former Serbian territory, and the EU and NATO.Kosovo last month slapped a 100-percent tax on Serbian imports, apparently in retaliation after its bid to join the international ...

Update: Canada ex-adviser says China pressure won’t work

Business 12/08/18, 22:31

The Latest on the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Canada (all times local):11:30 a.m.A former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese pressure on the Canadian government to release a top executive of Huawei won't work.In a tweet, Roland Paris ...

Top diplomats gather at UN meeting to support Afghanistan

Europe 11/28/18, 05:29

Foreign ministers from Russia, Germany, Iran and other countries, as well as EU's foreign policy chief have joined Afghanistan's president and other top officials at a U.N. meeting in Geneva to show support for the impoverished, war-battered country. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani arrives for a side event, during the Geneva Conference ...

EU uneasy over continued detention of activists in Turkey

Europe 11/22/18, 05:47

The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed "strong concerns" on Thursday over the continued detentions of academics and activists in Turkey.Speaking at a news conference after talks with Turkey's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini also called for the release from jail of Turkey's former pro-Kurdish party leader, in line with a ...

Asia eyes US midterm elections with anxiety, hope

World 11/01/18, 23:28

Hope and anxiety hang over Asia — and north Asia in particular — ahead of Tuesday's U.S. midterm election. President Donald Trump has shaken up Asia, as he has much of the world. Now Beijing, Seoul and other Asian capitals are waiting to see if the Democrats wrest control of at ...

Trump says State spokeswoman might be next UN ambassador

Politics 11/01/18, 17:48

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is among the people under consideration to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump said his administration will "probably make a decision" next week on a replacement for Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step ...

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