Peace process

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, center left, stands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, left, Jordan's King Abdullah II, center right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the group photo with Arab leaders, ahead of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Leaders meeting in Tunisia for the annual Arab League summit on Sunday were united in their condemnation of Trump administration policies seen as unfairly biased toward Israel but divided on a host of other issues, including whether to readmit founding member Syria. (Zoubeir Souissi, Pool photo via AP)
March 31, 2019 - 12:10 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Arab League rejected the U.S. recognition of Israeli control over the Golan Heights and other Trump administration policies seen as unfairly biased toward Israel at an annual summit on Sunday, showcasing unity on one of the few issues that unites the regional bloc. Arab...
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In this Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 photo, construction projects can be seen in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to the country. It issued a new report on Thursday identifying main high-risk areas for Afghanistan. They said concerns include widespread insecurity, underdeveloped civil policing capability, endemic corruption, sluggish economy, the Taliban-run narcotics trade, threats to women's rights and the reintegration of as many as 60,000 heavily armed Taliban fighters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
March 28, 2019 - 10:02 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. watchdog says Afghanistan will remain dependent on international donors and foreign help even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to the country...
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd about his Presidential run during the Democratic monthly breakfast held at the Circle of Friends Community Center in Greenville, S.C. Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
March 26, 2019 - 9:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he does not approve of Chick-fil-A's politics but "kind of" approves of its chicken. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, drew laughs from the hosts of "The Breakfast Club" morning show on Tuesday for his answer...
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Men stand over bodies during a protest in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan, Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019. Dozens of people protested while carrying dead bodies, claiming that they had been killed during a military operation, according to a provincial official. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)
March 25, 2019 - 6:35 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A devastating Taliban attack over the weekend on an Afghan army outpost in southern Helmand province killed 26 soldiers and seven policemen, a provincial official said Monday — casualties the country's defense ministry has refused to disclose. Separately, the United...
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Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, gather to celebrate the Kurdish New Year and to attend a campaign rally for local elections that will test the Turkish president's popularity, in Istanbul, Sunday, March 24, 2019. The HDP held the event amid the municipal office races that have become polarizing and a government crackdown on its members for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish militants. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
March 24, 2019 - 12:48 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Millions of Kurdish votes will be crucial in determining the fate of Turkey's March 31 local elections, as a pro-Kurdish party has made the strategic decision to send votes to an opposition rival to challenge the ruling party in key races in Istanbul and Ankara. The Peoples'...
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From left, Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch, U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the Western Wall tunnels synagogue in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Abir Sultan/Pool Image via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 1:24 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and his Greek counterpart Giorgos Katrougalos embrace before their talks in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, Turkey, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Cavusogly says the defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could meet soon as part of new confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies.(Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)
March 21, 2019 - 7:10 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could soon meet as part of confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the announcement during a joint news conference with his Greek...
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Pope Francis meets South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)
March 16, 2019 - 8:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and told him that he still hopes to visit the country "as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace process." Francis met with President Salva Kiir in the Apostolic Palace on Saturday. Later,...
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presents the annual report for 2018 during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
March 14, 2019 - 7:45 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the future of the military alliance's 15-year presence in Afghanistan will depend on the outcome of peace talks involving Taliban insurgents. The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy of the Qatar Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation in conflicts resolution, Dr. Mutlaq Bin Majid Al-Qahtanithe, mediates talks between the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Deputy Commander of the Taliban Movement for Political Affairs, Mulla Abdul Ghani Berader, in an undisclosed place in Doha, Qatar. Pakistan’s foreign minister said Tuesday March 12, 2019, in a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad, that “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the U.S., which have stretched over two weeks in Qatar. (Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP, File)
March 12, 2019 - 1:42 pm
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made. The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S...
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