Diplomacy

Yoshihide Suga arrives at the prime minister's office after being formally elected Japan’s prime minister in a parliamentary vote, succeeding Shinzo Abe, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 16, 2020 - 1:17 am
TOKYO (AP) — Before he got Japan's top government job officially, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow" prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When Shinzo Abe announced last month he would resign due to ill health, his chief Cabinet secretary Suga said he would...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 15, 2020 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East," casting himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign. The...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad makes comments about pro-democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo during a photocall and remarks to journalists at the Ambassador's residence in Beijing. Branstad appears to be leaving his post, based on tweets by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo thanked Branstad for more than three years of service on Twitter on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
September 14, 2020 - 5:21 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world's two largest economies. Terry Branstad, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, confirmed his decision in a phone...
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President Donald Trump listens in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by Trump and his administration to fully integrate the Jewish state into the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 14, 2020 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has notched a string of diplomatic wins he’s highlighting with voters in the run-up to the election, but his report card on the most serious threats to U.S. national security shows an “incomplete.” The Trump administration will host...
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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of Japan's ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Tokyo. The ruling LDP chooses its new leader in an internal vote to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his intention to resign last month due to illness. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
September 14, 2020 - 4:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. Despite his low-key image, Suga, 71, has been an important figure in outgoing...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 file photo, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, left and John Major attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London. Remembrance Sunday is held each year to commemorate the service men and women who fought in past military conflicts. The two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to over-ride the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace as well as damaging the U.K.’s reputation. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
September 13, 2020 - 4:12 am
LONDON (AP) — Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the U.K.'s...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club event at the British Embassy in Washington. Darroch, who was British ambassador to the United States until leaked comments about Donald Trump ended his career in July 2019, says he’s not bitter about the way his career ended, and he tells his side of the story in a new memoir “Collateral Damage.” (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
September 13, 2020 - 12:00 am
LONDON (AP) — Kim Darroch is astonished. Britain’s former U.S. ambassador, whose career ended abruptly when his frank views on President Donald Trump were leaked, spent 40 years as a diplomat. But he says he’s never before seen a British government saying it plans to break international law. “It’s...
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Taliban negotiator Abbas Stanikzai, fifth right, with his delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)
September 12, 2020 - 4:06 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the...
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Taliban delegation arrive to attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/ Hussein Sayed)
September 12, 2020 - 3:44 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Historic negotiations between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political leadership opened in Qatar on Saturday, offering the best chance of peace after decades of war. The U.S. had hoped negotiations would start within two weeks of Feb. 29, when it signed a peace deal with the...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, April 17, 2015, a national library employee shows the gold Nobel Prize medal awarded to the late novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Bogota, Colombia. Swedish lawmaker Magnus Jacobsson tweeted Friday Sept. 11, 2020, that he has nominated the governments of the United States, Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize, for their efforts to secure a peace agreement between the two former Balkan war foes. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, FILE)
September 11, 2020 - 12:01 pm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A Swedish lawmaker said Friday that he has nominated the governments of the United States., Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to secure a peace agreement between the two former Balkan war foes. Swedish parliament member Magnus Jacobsson tweeted...
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