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Does the UN's Syria peace process still have a purpose?

Geneva - When your job has been labelled "mission impossible," failure may be the most likely outcome.

EU announces legal entity to maintain business with Iran

New York - The European Union said Monday its members would set up a payment system to allow oil companies and businesses to continue trading with Iran in a bid to evade sanctions after the US withdrew from a nuclear agreement.

After N. Korea, Trump targets Iran with 'maximum pressure'

New York - One year after mobilizing the international community against North Korea, Donald Trump is trying to force another arch enemy to the negotiating table by targeting Iran with a similar campaign of "maximum pressure.

Colombian leader urges diplomatic isolation of Venezuela

New York - Colombia's new president, Ivan Duque, called Monday for the diplomatic isolation of neighboring Venezuela, urging pressure to restore democracy in what he labeled a dictatorship.

New Zealand PM brings baby to UN assembly

New York - New Zealand's prime minister, who shot to international fame for giving birth while in office, turned heads Monday by bringing her three-month-old daughter into the UN assembly hall.

France says 'no alternative' to AU-led plan on C.Africa

New York - France's foreign minister said an African Union-led plan was the only viable way to end fighting among rival factions in the Central African Republic, pushing back Monday against an alternative peace process steered by Russia.

Leaders back climate change urgency in New York

New York - Heads of state and government on Monday kicked off "Climate Week," held every year on the margins of the UN General Assembly, by urging world leaders to act urgently to reduce global warming.

Pompeo hopes Turkey will release US pastor soon

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he was hopeful Turkey would release this month an American pastor whose detention has rocked relations between the NATO partners."Yes, he could be released this month.

US vows to up Iran pressure but says not after regime change

New York - The White House promised Monday to keep exerting "maximum pressure" on Iran and said new sanctions were in the pipeline while insisting that the US was not seeking the overthrow of Tehran's clerical regime.

France seeks tougher sanctions on Libyans who block political solution

New York - France on Monday called for stronger UN sanctions on Libyans who stand in the way of a political solution in the conflict-ridden country.

Trump says he expects second N.Korea summit 'quite soon'

New York - US President Donald Trump said Monday he expected to meet again soon with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he saw "tremendous progress" in easing tensions.

Cuba seeks 'civilized' relationship with US: president

New York - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Sunday his government wants a "civilized" relationship with the United States -- despite the embargo imposed on the island by the US since 1962.

One year later at UN, Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'

New York - US President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to hold a second summit soon with Kim Jong Un, lauding the North Korean strongman at the United Nations as "terrific" one year after he eviscerated him from the same platform.

NAFTA talks likely to continue on sidelines of UN meeting: Trudeau

Montr - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday it was "very likely" that informal talks aimed at renewing the North American Free Trade Agreement would continue on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York over the next sever...

Canada's Cirque du Soleil dazzles Riyadh after diplomatic row

Apo - Canada-based Cirque du Soleil staged their first show in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with a dazzling display of high-wire thrills, despite a diplomatic spat between Ottawa and Riyadh.

Pompeo on China trade war: 'We are going to win'

New York - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States would emerge victorious in an intensifying trade war with China, a day before Washington imposes $200 billion worth of tariffs.

Pro-Turkey Syria rebels cautiously accept Idlib deal

Beirut - Pro-Turkey rebels have cautiously accepted a Moscow-Ankara deal to prevent a Russia-backed regime attack on Syria's last major opposition bastion of Idlib, while a small jihadist group has rejected it.

Mexico president-elect says will not fight with Trump

Mexico - Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he does not want to fight with US President Donald Trump on immigration.

Women foreign ministers promise fresh perspective

Montr - Female foreign ministers meeting for the first summit of its kind vowed Saturday to bring a "women's perspective" to foreign policy.

India's Modi mauled over French defence deal

New Delhi - India's Narendra Modi was under fire Saturday after French ex-president Francois Hollande added fresh fuel to corruption allegations in a bilateral defence deal, with the prime minister branded a traitor by his chief political opponent.

Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

New York - Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism.

Yemen faces worsening threat of famine: UN aid chief

New York - International aid agencies are losing the fight against famine in Yemen, where 3.5 million people may soon be added to the eight million Yemenis already facing starvation, the UN aid chief warned Friday.

Trump holds on to diplomatic 'success' in N. Korea

Washington - More than a year after President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," the US leader now boasts of his relationship with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un."He's calm. I'm calm," Trump said this week.

US criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Washington - The United States on Friday denounced China's treatment of its Uighur Muslims in unusually strong terms, adding to a growing list of disputes in increasingly turbulent relations between the two powers.

Trump to meet Chile's president for talks on Venezuela

Washington - US President Donald Trump will receive his Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Pinera, late this month for talks on "efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela," the White House said Friday.

Hollande fuels Rafale fighter jet controversy in India

New Delhi - Former French president Francois Hollande has fuelled controversy over India's multi-billion-dollar 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that France was given no choice on the Indian partner for manufacturer Dassault.

FARC leader warns over risks for Colombia peace deal

Geneva - Former FARC rebel commander and Colombian senator Victoria Sandino has told AFP that the hard-won peace deal between Bogota and the leftist guerillas risked being derailed.

India cancels rare Pakistan meeting over 'brutal killings'

New Delhi - India on Friday cancelled rare talks between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart set for next week on the sidelines of a major UN conference, just one day after saying it would go ahead, drawing an indignant response from Islamabad.

Moon's nuclear diplomacy a 'dangerous gamble': analysts

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in has embarked on a "dangerous gamble", analysts said, after he secured only minimal concessions from Kim Jong Un to reboot the North's nuclear negotiations with Washington.

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

Montr - Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations.
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