Peace process

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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In this March 3, 2019 photo, Hafiz Muzamil, speaks to The Associated Press in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Pakistan has taken over the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a militant group that claimed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers in February 2019, and brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Muzamil railed against India’s violent suppression of a 30-year insurgency in Kashmir -- India’s only Muslim dominated state -- and championed Jaish-e-Mohammad. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
March 08, 2019 - 6:56 am
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — On the congested streets of Bahawalpur, a city in southern Pakistan's jihadi heartland, emotions run high in favor of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a U.N.-designated terror group that recently pushed nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Such support complicates...
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An Afghan security personnel stand guard in the checkpoint of airport after a suicide attack in Jalalabad province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)
March 06, 2019 - 3:30 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 16 people, officials said. The dawn assault triggered an hours-long gunbattle...
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March 04, 2019 - 10:31 am
SANNA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels criticized Britain's foreign secretary on Monday over comments about the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, saying Jeremy Hunt had misrepresented what the warring sides agreed on at U.N. peace talks in Sweden. Hunt said during a visit Sunday to Yemen, the...
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FILE - In this June 30, 201, file photo, then U.S. Consul General of Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein gives a speech during a reception for the upcoming July 4 U.S. Independence Day celebrations at the American Consulate in Jerusalem. The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. The announcement from the State Department came early Monday, March 4, 2019 in Jerusalem, the merger effective that day. (Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP, FIle)
March 04, 2019 - 3:41 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Jared Kushner, left, U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Erdogan met with with U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law for talks that are expected to centre on his planned Mideast peace initiative. Turkey's Economy Minister Berat Albayrak, who is Erdogan's son-in-law, was also present. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
February 27, 2019 - 4:03 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Wednesday with Jared Kushner for talks focused on the Trump administration's planned but as-yet unveiled Middle East peace initiative. Erdogan's office said the meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law was...
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In this combination of images North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, waves from a car after arriving by train in Dong Dang, Vietnam, and U.S. President Donald Trump waves from his car after arriving on Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Trump and Kim are to meet Wednesday in their second summit aimed at addressing perhaps the world's biggest security challenge: Kim's pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of viably threatening targets around the planet. (AP Photos)
February 26, 2019 - 1:17 pm
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Before he was elected president, Donald Trump said he could see himself having burgers and chatting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. About a year later, after Kim tested a long-range missile that could possibly hit U.S. cities, Trump warned that any attack would be met with "...
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February 25, 2019 - 3:11 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Senior Taliban leaders, including one of the group's founders, were to hold another round of talks Monday in Qatar with Washington's special peace envoy as U.S. efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest. The Taliban, some of...
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