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Macedonia, Greece 'dedicated' to resolving name spat: UN

Vienna - Macedonia and Greece are "very dedicated" to resolving their long-running name spat, the UN mediator said Wednesday following talks between the two countries' foreign ministers in Vienna.

France's Macron urges US to help 'reinvent multilateralism'

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron received a warm, three-minute standing ovation from US lawmakers Wednesday before delivering -- in English -- a rare address to Congress, urging America to help "reinvent multilateralism.

France's Macron pushes back at 'America First' agenda

Washington - France's President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to embrace multilateralism and warned of the perils of trade war, in an address to Congress pushing back against Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.

Kuwait expels Philippine envoy amid tensions over domestic workers

Kuwait City - Kuwait said Wednesday it is expelling the Philippine ambassador and recalling its own envoy from Manila as tensions rise over the treatment of domestic workers.

Iran's Rouhani questions 'right' to seek new nuclear deal

Tabriz - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of demands for a fresh nuclear agreement with Tehran, after the leaders of the US and France called for a "new" deal.

Romanian PM to visit Israel as embassy row brews

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is due to start a two-day visit to Israel Wednesday, as a political row brews at home over the possible transfer of Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.

Inter-Korean summit chairs to feature disputed islands

Seoul - South Korea has custom-made furniture for Friday's summit between President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un -- with chairs featuring disputed islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo.

'Gap in perceptions' threatens wider Middle East war

Tehran - Analysts fear a wider Middle Eastern war is brewing between Iran and its rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, warning that their failure to understand each other's intentions threatens to tear the region apart.

Holidaymakers, invaders, diplomats: the Kims in S. Korea

Goseong - When Kim Jong Un steps over the Military Demarcation Line to attend a summit on Friday he will be the first member of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War.

Migrant caravan arrives at US-Mexican border

Mexicali - Around 100 Central American migrants from a caravan that infuriated President Donald Trump arrived Tuesday at the US-Mexican border, where many plan to seek asylum in the United States, according to organizers.

What a 'new deal' over Iran might look like

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday proposed a "new deal" to address President Donald Trump's many concerns about the existing nuclear pact with Iran.Here is a look at what may be in the works, and the challenges a new deal could entail.

At UN, Iran offers dialogue to end 'hegemonic illusions'

New York - Iran invited Gulf countries Tuesday to open talks on regional security, telling the United Nations it was time to move away from "hegemonic illusions" that have fueled devastating wars.

French, American first ladies take in Cezanne on museum outing

Washington - Elegantly matched in white outfits, Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron split off from their husbands on Tuesday to visit a Paul Cezanne exhibit at Washington's National Gallery of Art.

Trump, Macron call for new nuclear deal with Iran

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart Donald Trump called jointly Tuesday for a new nuclear deal with Iran, after the US leader denounced the three-year-old accord as "insane.

Iran rejects new deal as France vows it will never get atomic weapons

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers Wednesday, while his French counterpart vowed to US lawmakers that everything would be done to stop Iran ever acquiring atomic weapons.

Trump wipes dandruff off visiting French President Macron

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday made a show of flicking dandruff from the suit collar of visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, saying it was a sign of the two leaders' "very special relationship.

Hosting Macron, Trump rips into 'disaster' Iran deal

Washington - US President Donald Trump pilloried the Iran nuclear deal as "insane" Tuesday and threatened "problems" if Tehran restarts controversial programs, exposing a deep rift with European allies.

Russia, China call on UN nuclear forum to save Iran deal

Geneva - Russia on Tuesday urged a United Nations nuclear disarmament forum to show its support for the "fragile" Iran nuclear accord by signing onto a statement, co-written by China, backing the deal.

Iran says Europe must not pay Trump 'ransom' over nuclear deal

Tehran - A top Iranian official on Tuesday welcomed European powers' efforts to salvage a historic nuclear deal, but warned they should not simply hand over "a ransom" to US President Donald Trump.

Kim and Moon: the heir born to rule and the escapee's son

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in have followed paths to power as radically different as their two countries, but they will come together at a summit in the Demilitarized Zone on Friday.

Hopes for peace as Kim takes historic step to inter-Korean summit

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will walk across the Demilitarized Zone on Friday for a historic summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in, the highest-level encounter yet in a whirlwind of nuclear diplomacy.

Senate panel narrowly recommends Pompeo as US diplomatic chief

Washington - US President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, narrowly won approval from a Senate panel Monday, paving the way for the CIA director to become America's top diplomat.

N. Korean leader's 'bitter sorrow' after fatal China tourist crash

Seoul - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visited China's embassy in Pyongyang to express his "bitter sorrow" after a bus crash killed dozens of Chinese tourists, state media reported early Tuesday.

Dinner over, Trump and France's Macron get down to business

Washington - After a friendly dinner at a US landmark, US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron were to get down to business Tuesday on divisive issues like the Iran nuclear accord and international trade.

G7 toughens Russia stance but Iran deal in the balance

Toronto - Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven vowed to defend their "democracy" against attacks from Vladimir Putin's Russia on Monday in a show of solidarity from the world's richest industrialized economies.

Over a year into presidency, Trump hosts first state dinner

Washington - US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hold their first state dinner on Tuesday, hosting the leader of America's oldest ally for a glittering event at the White House.

Chinese carrier leads live fire drill in East China Sea

Bejing - A flotilla of Chinese naval vessels held a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported early Tuesday, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy in disputed waters that have riled neighbours.

'A lot of reasons for optimism' on N. Korea talks: Mattis

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he saw reasons to be optimistic about talks with North Korea, after Pyongyang announced it was halting nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

Qatar Airways to expand despite 'large loss': chief

Doha - Qatar Airways will continue to expand even as it prepares to announce "large" annual losses due to a blockade by neighbours, the airline's chief executive said on Monday.

Jailed Egyptian photographer wins UN press freedom prize

Paris - Detained Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, will be awarded UNESCO's World Press Freedom Prize, the United Nations' cultural body said Monday.
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