Diplomacy

FILE - In this March 27, 2017, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a new conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. President Donald Trump will press Abbas to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, according to U.S. officials, one of several actions Washington believes could lead to resumed peace talks with Israel. Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. It will be Trump and Abbas’ first face-to-face discussion. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
May 03, 2017 - 4:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, according to U.S. officials, one of several actions Washington believes could lead to resumed peace talks with Israel. Other actions include...
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President Donald Trump walks from the Rose Garden back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following a presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Air Force Academy football team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 03, 2017 - 4:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. The Kremlin said the leaders also...
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President Donald Trump walks from the Rose Garden back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following a presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Air Force Academy football team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 02, 2017 - 5:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria Tuesday in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. The Kremlin said the...
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FILE -- In this March 27, 2017 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Abbas' initial relief over having been invited to the White House is now clouded by concerns that he will have to say no to President Donald Trump in their first meeting Wednesday, May 3, 2017. A key worry is that Trump will ask Abbas to halt monthly stipends for thousands of Palestinian security prisoners held by Israel, a seemingly untenable step at a time when a mass hunger strike has led to an outpouring of Palestinian popular support for the inmates. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
May 02, 2017 - 4:13 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' relief at being invited to the White House is now clouded by concerns he might have to say no to President Donald Trump in their first meeting Wednesday. Palestinians fear Trump will ask Abbas to halt stipends for families of...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. President Donald Trump says the nation "needs a good `shutdown' in September" to fix a "mess" in the Senate, saying on Twitter that the country needs to "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 (percent)," suggesting more rules changes ahead in the Senate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 02, 2017 - 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled the prospect of increased cooperation in Syria Tuesday, in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. The White House said...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, gestures as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak to the media after their talks at Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin expected to focus on the unresolved conflict in Ukraine and the civil war in Syria. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
May 02, 2017 - 11:36 am
MOSCOW (AP) — During a tense appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday that Moscow ever interferes in elections in other countries. Speaking during a joint news conference following talks at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of...
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FILE - This combination of photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 29, 2017. The notion of a substantive sit-down between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump – the most gazed-upon figures of this moment in the planet's history – is a staggering prospect and a potential logistical nightmare if the two countries ever tried to make it happen. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Files)
May 02, 2017 - 5:30 am
BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a sandpaper-tongued American president...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Khaled Mashaal leader of the Palestinian Islamic militant movement Hamas, that has governed Gaza since a 2007 takeover, speaks during a speech held in Katara in Doha, Qatar. The Islamic militant Hamas has unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program, Monday, May 1 2017, that the group hopes will help it end years of international isolation. The five-page program, a result of four years of internal deliberations, was presented at a news conference in Doha, Qatar, by outgoing Khaled Mashaal, the Hamas leader in exile. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
May 01, 2017 - 3:27 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant Hamas on Monday unveiled what had been billed as a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's international isolation. With the new manifesto, Hamas rebrands itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2017 file photo, U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley address the Security Council after a vote on a resolution condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons failed, at U.N. headquarters. Haley didn’t wait to take office as America’s envoy to the United Nations to break with the Trump administration’s foreign policy stances. At her Senate confirmation hearing, Haley bluntly accused Russia of being complicit of war crimes in Syria _ going against the president-elect’s talk of warmer relations with Moscow.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
April 30, 2017 - 7:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley didn't wait to take office as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to break with the Trump administration's foreign policy stances. At her Senate confirmation hearing, Haley bluntly accused Russia of being complicit of war crimes in Syria — going against the president...
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and partner Honeylet Avancena chat as they wait for the arrival of Southeast asian leaders for the opening ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Leaders' Summit Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Manila, Philippines.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
April 30, 2017 - 3:53 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final communique Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China's "militarization" of newly built islands in the disputed South China Sea in a major concession to Beijing. The...
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