Diplomacy - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Diplomacy US, Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident added to U.S.-Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over U.S. war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:00:00Z Philippines declining EU grants to discourage interference MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will no longer accept new grants from the European Union, officials said Thursday, forgoing possibly more than 250 million euros ($ 278.7 million) in funds for development projects in the country. The EU delegation in Manila said the Philippine government informed it about its decision Wednesday, but it has yet t... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:33:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:33:00Z UN envoy in shuttle diplomacy for Cyprus talks' final phase NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy on Thursday shuttled between the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus to clinch agreement on holding a summit in Geneva, where it's hoped two years of reunification talks will produce success. Espen Barth Eide said after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader ... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:51:00Z The Latest: US: Pro-Syrian forces hit in strike posed threat BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest Syria developments (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it hit pro-Syrian government forces near the border with Jordan that "posed a threat" to U.S. forces and rebel groups in the area. The coalition statement late on Thursday says the coa... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:40:00Z The Latest: US releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on violence that occurred outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The United States says it released two members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail after briefly detaining them during a violent incident outside the Turkish ambassador's residen... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:03:00Z Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional Republicans are demanding the Trump administration take swift and severe action against the Turkish government in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail, with one saying the U.S. "should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America." Sen. John Mc... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:02:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:02:00Z The Latest: Russia's deputy FM tipped as ambassador to US NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Russian lawmakers have backed a deputy foreign minister as the new ambassador to the United States. Russian news agencies reported Thursday that members of the lower house's foreign affairs commi... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:42:00Z The Latest: Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on violence that occurred outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington (all times local): 10:10 a.m. A senior Republican senator is calling for Turkey's ambassador to be thrown out of the country in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:19:00Z US officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government after video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repe... Thu, 18 May 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-05-18T08:38:00Z The Latest: Senate panel gets some material in Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A Senate aide says the Senate Intelligence committee has received some material it requested from two of President Donald Trump's associates. The committee requested lists of meetings with Russian officials during the presidential camp... Thu, 18 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-05-18T04:10:00Z Intel spat adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit JERUSALEM (AP) — When Donald Trump was elected president, Israeli nationalists rejoiced that a reputed strong ally would be moving into the White House. But as Trump prepares to visit the region this weekend, apprehension reigns instead. A diplomatic blowup over the status of Jerusalem, followed by revelations Trump had shared highly classified Israeli in... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:46:00Z State Dept. criticizes Turkey for violence outside embassy WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government Wednesday as video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were record... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:13:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:13:00Z Turkey, Washington Trade Blame for Embassy Clash The Turkish government and Washington local officials traded blame Wednesday for violence outside Turkey's embassy, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:42:00Z Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks GENEVA (AP) — The Syrian opposition will seek an extension of the current round of U.N.-hosted peace talks underway in Geneva, saying Wednesday it needed more negotiating time. Salem Meslet, an opposition spokesman, said it was "not right" that this round is expected to last just four days. The opposition needed time to prepare its response to a "paper" presented by U.N. spe... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:43:00Z Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is considering following the United States and Britain in banning laptops from inbound airliner cabins, the prime minister said, but declined to explain whether the move was related to an Islamic State group threat that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed Tu... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T06:01:00Z Syria denies US allegations of mass killings, crematorium BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations it carried out mass killings at a prison near Damascus and then burned the victims' bodies in a crematorium, describing the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications." The allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify U.S. intervention in Syria, Syria's Foreign Ministry said, noting what it called... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:17:00Z The Latest: UN suspects cruel treatment in Syrian prisons BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The United Nations says the Syrian government has "systematically rejected" repeated requests to visit prisons and detention centers where thousands of prisoners are believed to be subjected to cruel treatment, including torture. U.N. spoke... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:50:00Z The Latest: National security adviser to brief reporters WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump's national security adviser plans to brief reporters at the White House. The White House says H.R. McMaster will hold an on-camera briefing befo... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:24:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:24:00Z EU restores preferential tax concessions to Sri Lanka COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union announced Tuesday it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported from Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses. Tung-Lai Margue, ambassador to the delegation of EU to Sri Lanka told reporters that the change would take effect on Friday. He said the tax conces... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:03:00Z Report: Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans. Three White House officials who were in the May 10 meeting strongly denounced the story, sayin... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:11:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:11:00Z The Latest: Security Council condemns NKorea missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:58:00Z The Latest: Twin explosions rock refugee camp near Jordan BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A Syrian monitoring group says twin explosions have gone off in a makeshift camp near Syria's the border with Jordan, killing at least 10 people and wounding seven, including rebel fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the e... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:58:00Z Israel-US spat erupts ahead of Trump visit to region JERUSALEM (AP) — A diplomatic spat on Monday erupted between U.S. and Israeli officials, just days before a planned visit by President Donald Trump, after an American representative questioned Israel's claim to one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Israel angrily demanded an explanation from the White House, casting a cloud over the highly anticipated visi... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:21:00Z US diplomat tries to mediate compromise in Albanian politics TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Monday called on Albania's opposition to end its boycott and take part in next month's parliamentary election. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yee was in Tirana on Monday to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama, his ally President-elect Ilir Meta and main opposition leader Lulzim Basha, urging them to reach a compr... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:48:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:48:00Z Syrian activists: Airstrikes on IS-held areas kill dozens BEIRUT (AP) — Air raids on an Islamic State-held village and town in Syria have killed at least 32 civilians over the past two days, activists said Monday, underscoring the risk for hundreds of thousands of residents trapped in areas under the militant group's control ahead of the looming battle for Raqqa. The Syrian military, meanwhile, announced it had ... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:47:00Z Turkey blocks German lawmaker visit to soldiers at air base BERLIN (AP) — Turkey has blocked a request for German lawmakers to visit their country's soldiers at the Incirlik air base, the German government said Monday, increasing the possibility that it might relocate planes supporting the campaign against the Islamic State group. Germany has about 270 troops at the base. The refusal was communicated to Germany's ... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:51:00 GMT 2017-05-15T12:51:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z Palestinians hope for settlement curb if peace talks resume AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says he "hopes" Israel will halt settlement construction if U.S.-led peace talks resume, but stopped short of making it a condition. Saeb Erekat spoke Sunday in Jordan after meeting with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt, ahead of a Mideast trip next week by President Donald Trump. Sun, 14 May 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-05-14T17:18:00Z Forum on China's economic reach helps leader extend his own BEIJING (AP) — China will seek to burnish President Xi Jinping's stature as a world-class statesman at an international gathering centered on his signature foreign policy effort that envisions a future world order in which all roads lead to Beijing. The Belt and Road Forum opening Sunday is the latest in a series of high-profile appearances aimed at proje... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:45:00Z Palestinian leader hails Trump's Mideast peace efforts MOSCOW (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts to negotiate a Middle East settlement. Speaking Thursday after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia's Black Sea city of Sochi, Abbas said the Palestinians were ready to cooperate with Trump's efforts to broker a peace deal. Thu, 11 May 2017 16:27:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:27:00Z