• UN guided by Syrian ‘political transition’ as new talks loom

    BEIRUT (AP) — A top adviser to the United Nations envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their “main guidance” for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition.

  • UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump invite for state visit

    LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump should not be afforded the “rare privilege” of a state visit, a British opposition lawmaker said Monday, as Parliament debated a call for Trump’s invitation to be downgraded and stripped of its royal seal of approval.

  • North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya’s rival political factions and stem the country’s chaos, diplomats said Monday.

  • TV footage appears to show deliberate attack on North Korean

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea’s top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia’s investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea’s ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death.

  • Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tension between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

  • The Latest: Pakistani ambassador summoned by Afghanistan

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Pakistan (all times local):

  • The Latest: Pence: US to ‘will hold Russia accountable’

    MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Europe (all times local):

  • N. Korea, Malaysia lock horns over apparent killing

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A dispute over custody of a slain North Korean’s body pushed two governments further apart Saturday as they tried to navigate the aftermath of what appeared to be the assassination of an outcast member of North Korea’s ruling elite.

  • Munich conference brings hope for clarity on US priorities

    BERLIN (AP) — Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are getting their first opportunity to meet with members of the Trump administration amid concerns over the new president’s commitment to NATO and posture toward Russia.

  • A broader Israel-Arab deal _ rare opportunity or diversion?

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have pledged to seize what they believe is an opportunity for an ambitious Israeli-Arab peace deal. The premise is that Sunni Arab countries — pushed closer to Israel and the U.S. by the fear of regional rival Iran and its nuclear ambitions — can play an active role in future negotiations, perhaps nudging the Palestinians toward a deal they might otherwise reject. A rare opening or wishful thinking? Here’s a look.