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UN welcomes Huthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

New York - The United Nations envoy for Yemen welcomed Saturday an offer from the country's Huthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia, saying it could bring an end to years of bloody conflict.

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Rio De Janeiro - The fires that burned through the Amazon rainforest last month sparked international outcry and offers of help, but as world leaders meet in New York, the planet's largest rainforest remains engulfed in flames.

US sending more troops to Gulf, Trump announces Iran sanctions

Washington - The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump announces sanctions but says won't strike Iran

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran that he said were the toughest-ever against another country but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

Trump, backed by Australia's Morrison, talks tough on China

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday that only a "complete" deal with China on trade will be acceptable and his tough approach won support from visiting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."I'm not looking for a partial deal.

Top N. Korea negotiator praises Trump's 'new method' suggestion

Seoul - North Korea's chief negotiator in talks with the United States welcomed Donald Trump's suggestion of trying a "new method" in negotiations, and hailed the exit of his hawkish national security advisor.

Taiwan dismayed as another Pacific nation switches to Beijing

Taipei - Taiwan lashed out at China on Friday after the tiny island nation of Kiribati switched its recognition to Beijing, the second diplomatic defection in the strategically important Pacific in less than a week.

Cuba pesticides may have caused Canada diplomats' injuries: study

Ottawa - Neurotoxins in pesticides used to fumigate against mosquitoes may be behind mysterious health complaints of Canadian diplomats in Cuba that had been blamed on suspected sonic attacks, according to a new study Thursday.

Russia, China cast vetoes to block UN resolution on Syria

New York - Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution backed by 12 of the 15 member states that called for a ceasefire in Syria's war-torn Idlib province.

'Still lots to sort out' before any Rouhani-Trump meeting: France

Paris - France sounded a downbeat note Thursday on the prospects of direct talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US counterpart Donald Trump on the nuclear crisis, saying the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities had created a "new context".

Citing corruption, US slashes Afghan aid days before election

Washington - The United States on Thursday accused Afghanistan's government of failing to fight corruption and cut more than $160 million in direct funding, little over a week before the country's elections.

UN takes up Syria ceasefire resolution, Russia urged not to veto

New York - Sponsors of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Syria's war-torn Idlib province urged Russia Thursday not to veto the "purely humanitarian" measure.

US accuses Afghan govt of not fighting corruption, cuts aid

Washington - The United States on Thursday accused Afghanistan's government of failing to fight corruption and cut more than $160 million in direct funding, little over a week before the country's elections.

Iranian FM warns US or Saudi attack would trigger 'all-out war'

Tehran - Iran's foreign minister has said a military strike on Iran would trigger "all-out war", as the United States and its Gulf allies accuse Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Germany, Kuwait, Belgium urge UN vote on Idlib ceasefire

New York - Germany, Kuwait and Belgium have demanded that the UN Security Council vote on a resolution for all groups to "immediately cease hostilities" in Syria's Idlib province, diplomats said Wednesday.

Macron and Conte call for overhaul of EU migrant policy

Rome - French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Wednesday for a reform of Europe's "ineffective" EU immigration policy, bemoaning a lack of solidarity as they met to turn the page on Italy's previous anti-migrant popul...

UN sends experts to probe Saudi blasts, warns on escalation

New York - UN experts have left for Saudi Arabia to probe weekend blasts at oil installations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, as he warned of "devastating" consequences if the crisis escalates.

Netanyahu cancels UN visit over post-poll 'political context'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly due to the "political context" in Israel, sources in his office told AFP Wednesday.

Saudi to unveil 'proof' linking Iran to attacks as US tightens sanctions

Apo - Saudi Arabia said it would unveil evidence on Wednesday linking regional foe Iran to attacks on key oil installations, as US President Donald Trump sought to intensify pressure on Tehran by announcing new sanctions.

Iran's Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay: state media

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation could be forced into skipping next week's UN General Assembly because the United States has yet to issue them visas, state media said Wednesday.

Saudi to unveil 'evidence' linking Iran to attacks as US weighs response

Apo - Saudi Arabia said it will unveil evidence on Wednesday linking regional foe Iran to attacks on key oil installations, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to the kingdom to discuss possible retaliation.

Pompeo heads to Saudi, UAE on Iran tensions

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will leave Tuesday for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to "counter Iranian aggression" after an attack on oil infrastructure, officials said.

US, Belarus to restore envoys after 10-year freeze

Minsk - The United States and Belarus are preparing to exchange ambassadors after more than a decade-long freeze, a senior US diplomat said on Tuesday.

Attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iran: US official

Washington - The United States has concluded that the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities was launched from Iranian soil and cruise missiles were involved, a US official told AFP on Tuesday.

Iran leader rules out US talks as tensions rise over Saudi attacks

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday ruled out negotiations with the US "at any level", as tensions mounted between the arch-foes after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on Saudi oil installations.

Iran supreme leader rules out negotiations with US

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out negotiations with the US, as tensions mount between the arch-foes after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on Saudi oil installations.

Trump says almost sure Iran behind Saudi attacks

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Monday that Iran was likely behind strikes on Saudi oil facilities, but that he wanted to be sure and he hoped to avoid war.

Trump expects 'close' Israeli election

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday predicted a close Israeli election as his ally Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to retain power in a neck-and-neck race."Big election tomorrow in Israel," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump says 'probably not' right time to visit Pyongyang

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Monday that it is "probably not" the right time for him to visit North Korea but he could see doing so sometime in the future.

Trump backed off on Iran last time -- but will he again?

Washington - Donald Trump famously canceled a missile strike on Iran in June, but Tehran will not be resting easy following the unpredictable president's warning that the United States is again "locked and loaded.
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