International relations

President Donald Trump is greeted by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, as he arrive at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Vice President Mike Pence, is second from left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, is right, (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 18, 2018 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The Interior Department says that if there is a government shutdown, national parks and other public lands will remain as accessible as possible. The stance is a change from previous shutdowns...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Tillerson says it's crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent the Islamic State group's resurgence. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
January 18, 2018 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rex Tillerson's mission was delicate but not unfamiliar as he phoned President Donald Trump last week: Persuade the boss to curb his own impulses on yet another potentially explosive national security issue. Trump had stormed into the new year threatening on Twitter to cut off aid...
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, listens as President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev addresses the U.N. Security Council, Thursday Jan. 18, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
January 18, 2018 - 2:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Kazakhstan's president is calling on North Korea to follow his country's path and give up its nuclear ambitions...
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French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May look at two Royal Air Force planes as they perform a fly past ahead of the start of an Anglo-French summit at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, Camberley England , Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
January 18, 2018 - 11:20 am
CAMBERLEY, England (AP) — The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop, with the U.K. promising to help boost border security in France and support French military missions as part of moves to bind the countries closer together after Brexit. The announcement came as U...
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This photo released by the press office of the Kurdish militia, People's Protection Units or YPG, shows protesters waving giant flags of the YPG and other parties and militias, during a demonstration against Turkish threats, in Afrin, Aleppo province, north Syria, Thursday, Jan 18, 2018. Deputy Syrian Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad said the country's air force will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack Syria. The warning comes as tensions are skyrocketing over apparent Turkish preparations to attack a Kurdish enclave in the north of the country. (YPG Press Office via AP)
January 18, 2018 - 9:24 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave. From Damascus, Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal...
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses the lawmakers in the Parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2018. NATO's secretary-general is due in Macedonia for talks on the country's renewed accession bid, a decade after a dispute with neighboring Greece halted an initial effort to join the alliance. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
January 18, 2018 - 8:31 am
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — NATO's secretary-general urged Macedonia on Thursday to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging reforms if it wants its membership bid to succeed. Jens Stoltenberg said he "strongly welcomes" the small Balkan country's...
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 file photo, Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia, right, leave after the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president after Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, ending his 37-year rule. Zimbabwe's president says elections will be in May or June 2018, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
January 18, 2018 - 8:21 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president says elections will be in May or June, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took power from longtime ruler Robert Mugabe with the military's help in November, and this...
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One of the two giant pandas, male Hua Bao (in Finnish Pyry) and female Jin Bao Bao (in Finnish Lumi), arriving to Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland on Thursday January 18, 2018. The bears will eventually be moved to snowy conditions into the Ahtari Zoo nature reserve in central Finland as agreed during the Helsinki visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in April 2017. (Markku Ulander/ Lehtikuva via AP)
January 18, 2018 - 7:50 am
HELSINKI (AP) — A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at Helsinki airport attended by the Chinese...
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January 18, 2018 - 7:20 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 14:20 p.m. Syria's deputy foreign minister says the country's air force will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack Syria. The warning comes as tensions are skyrocketing over apparent Turkish preparations to attack a...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo shows a laptop computer screen displaying the website of Alibaba's Taobao main site at an office in Beijing. China is criticizing recent moves by the U.S. government and Congress targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment. Among the Chinese online markets listed was e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online marketplace Taobao, which has struggled for years to shed its reputation as an Internet emporium for fake goods. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
January 18, 2018 - 4:41 am
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses. Separately, the foreign ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is requiring...
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