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Sergei Lavrov: the inscrutable face of Russian diplomacy

Moscow - Sergei Lavrov, reappointed Tuesday as Russia's foreign minister, is a tough diplomat admired even by Moscow's foes and a sometimes inscrutable enforcer of the Kremlin's foreign policy.

Pompeo acknowledges Colombian 'sacrifices' in drug trafficking fight

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday praised Colombia's efforts in tackling drug trafficking and acknowledged the "great sacrifices" of security forces injured in such operations.

North Korea says may seek 'new path' of weapons build-up

Geneva - Pyongyang on Tuesday warned that it could seek a "new path" and accelerate its weapons programme, after Washington imposed fresh sanctions on North Korean companies amid stalled nuclear talks.

France, US agree to extend digital tax row talks

Paris - Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on digital giants to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions against Paris, French officials said Tuesday.

Trump tears into environmental 'doom' mongers at Davos forum

Davos - President Donald Trump tore into environmental "prophets of doom" at the Davos forum Tuesday, rejecting fiery warnings from teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg and talking up his own record in a counterpoint to impeachment back home.

Thunberg, Trump to offer competing visions at climate-focused Davos

Davos - The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.

France, US agree to extend digital tax row talks: French diplomat

Paris - Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on digital giants to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions against Paris, a French diplomatic source said Monday.

Trump to meet EU chief, Iraqi president in Davos

Washington - US President Donald Trump will meet his Iraqi counterpart and the head of the European Union executive body during his visit to Davos in Switzerland this week, the White House said Monday.

Libya peace still elusive despite 'small step' in Berlin

Berlin - A peaceful solution to Libya's protracted conflict remains uncertain despite an international agreement struck in Germany, analysts say, as a fragile ceasefire between warring factions brought only a temporary truce.

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson told African leaders Monday that Britain would be more open to migrants from their continent after Brexit as he hosted a summit intended to boost trading ties.

EU ministers debate more 'forceful' Libya role

Apo - European foreign ministers discussed Monday how to wield influence "more forcefully" in Libya and restore an arms embargo against the country's warring parties.

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido to attend Davos

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido -- who declared himself acting president last year -- will attend this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez told AFP on Monday.

World's 22 richest men have more than all women in Africa: Oxfam

Davos - The number of billionaires has doubled in the past decade and the world's 22 richest men now have more wealth than all the women in Africa, Oxfam said Monday in an appeal to the Davos elite to get serious about inequality.

Turkey targets 'weakest link' Cyprus in regional dominance bid

Nicosia - Striving to extend its influence in the eastern Mediterranean where tensions revolve around energy resources, Turkey sees Cyprus as the weakest link in a regional alliance buffering Ankara's ambitions, analysts told AFP.

Pompeo expresses 'outrage' to Egypt's leader over imprisoned American's death

Berlin - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed US "outrage" in a meeting Sunday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over the death of an American national imprisoned in Egypt since 2013.

Venezuela's Guaido in Colombia to meet with Pompeo: lawmaker

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido surfaced in Colombia on Sunday to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as his power struggle with President Nicolas Maduro entered a challenging new phase.

Erdogan says hopes for 'important step' in Libya talks

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he hoped for an "important step" to cement Libya's fragile ceasefire at an international peace conference in Germany.

IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping's name gaffe

Nay Pyi Taw - Facebook apologised Saturday for a distasteful mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese language posts during his much-touted visit to Myanmar.

China and Myanmar 'stand together' despite Rohingya backlash

Nay Pyi Taw - China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to stand with Beijing "till the end of the world".

Honduras waiting for Israeli reciprocity for embassy move

Tegucigalpa - Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Friday that his government would transfer its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once Israel opens an embassy in Tegucigalpa.

EU under pressure to prepare for Libya peace force

Apo - If this weekend's Berlin summit on the Libya crisis goes according to plan, nervous European Union member states will come under pressure to provide forces to help monitor any truce.

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcome

Nay Pyi Taw - Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to usher in a "new era" of ties with Myanmar after a red carpet welcome Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure...

China's Xi arrives in Myanmar on billion-dollar charm offensive

Nay Pyi Taw - Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals.

Trump and Thunberg face off as Davos warms to climate action

Paris - US President Donald Trump will renew his running battle with young climate campaigner Greta Thunberg when they join the A-list movers and shakers attending the 50th anniversary of the Davos conclave next week.

Austria fails to win over neighbours for nuclear phase-out

Prague - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, on his first trip abroad Thursday since being re-elected, failed to persuade the governments of four central European countries to give up on nuclear energy which they largely depend on.

Libya strongman Haftar in Greece for talks ahead of peace meeting

Athens - Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar will hold talks in Athens on Friday, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj are expected to attend.

Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of ex US envoy

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday it had launched an investigation into alleged illegal surveillance of former US ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who is now a key figure in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry.

US Senate approves new North American trade deal

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve a new North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a second back-to-back trade win just as his impeachment trial was beginning in Washington.

Haftar 'agrees to abide by' ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany

Berlin - Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has agreed to abide by a ceasefire and said he was ready to participate in an international conference in Berlin on Sunday, Germany's foreign minister said.

Time running out on US-S. Korea troop talks: envoy

Seoul - Washington has compromised in its demands that South Korea should pay billions of dollars towards US troop presence and it was Seoul's turn to reciprocate before time ran out, the American ambassador said Thursday.
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