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Trump express optimism for US peace deal with Taliban

February 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday he’s ready to sign a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan if a temporary truce holds in America's longest war. “Time to come home,” he said.“They want to stop. You know, they've been...

Pope cautions against ‘unfair’ Middle East peace plans

By FRANCES D'EMILIO | February 23, 2020

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has cautioned against “unfair” solutions aimed at ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.In a speech Sunday during a visit to the Italian southern port city of Bari to reflect on peace in countries bordering...

Afghan truce worry: 1 militant could threaten peace process

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 22, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes for ending America's longest war hinge on maintaining a weeklong fragile truce in Afghanistan that U.S. officials and experts agree will be difficult to assess and fraught with pitfalls.What if one militant with a suicide vest...

South Sudan’s rivals form unity government meant to end war

By MAURA AJAK | February 22, 2020

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opened a new chapter in its fragile emergence from civil war Saturday as rival leaders formed a coalition government that many observers prayed would last this time around.A day after President Salva Kiir dissolved...

UN: 100,000 civilians casualties in Afghanistan in 10 years

By KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ | February 21, 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United Nations report says Afghanistan passed a grim milestone with more than 100,000 civilians killed or hurt in the last 10 years since the international body began documenting casualties in a war that has raged for 18...

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

By KATHY GANNON and MATTHEW LEE | February 21, 2020

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 successfully...

Libya’s warring parties resume talks in Geneva

By JAMEY KEATEN | February 20, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday.United Nations spokesman Rheal...

South Sudan rival leaders agree to form coalition government

By MAURA AJAK | February 20, 2020

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a coalition government just two days before the deadline, a breakthrough after months of delays and a major step in the emergence from a five-year...

Bosnian Serb leader calls for dissolution of Bosnia

By SABINA NIKSIC | February 20, 2020

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Bosnian Serb leader on Thursday renewed calls for Bosnia’s dissolution and pledged to block decision-making in the country’s institutions, a move slammed by Western envoys as a challenge to the U.S.-sponsored...

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses ‘enormous’ risks

By KATHY GANNON | February 18, 2020

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio...

Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

By ROBERT BURNS and MATTHEW LEE | February 15, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising."Ahead...

Ukraine’s president vows to end war, invites Trump to Kyiv

February 15, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014.Speaking at...

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