International agreements

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, left, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 22, 2018 - 11:20 am
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Saturday that Canada will embark on a campaign to win the release of two citizens detained by China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. Freeland said on a conference call with reporters that the...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban welcomed the news of the U.S. plan to withdraw half its troops in Afghanistan by the summer, while Afghan generals warned Friday Dec. 21, 2018, it would be a blow to the morale of the country's beleaguered security forces, who come under daily attacks from the insurgent fighters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
December 21, 2018 - 9:58 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban welcomed news of the U.S. plan to withdraw half its troops in Afghanistan by the summer, as Afghan generals warned it would be a blow to the morale of the country's beleaguered security forces who come under daily attacks from the insurgent fighters. The announcement...
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A member of the flight crew of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier watches the flight deck on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
December 21, 2018 - 1:46 pm
ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS IN THE PERSIAN GULF (AP) — — A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11...
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A poster displayed during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, shows two Chinese citizens suspected to be with the group APT 10 carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies. The Justice Department is charging two Chinese citizens with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies. An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong. Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of more than 45 entities in 12 states. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 21, 2018 - 9:39 am
BEIJING (AP) — China called the U.S. arrogant and selfish on Friday after two Chinese citizens were charged with stealing American trade secrets and other sensitive information on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "the Chinese government...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
December 20, 2018 - 5:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, putting the blame squarely on the U.S., which he accused of irresponsibly pulling out of arms control treaties. Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin warned that "it...
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons, in London, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 19, 2018 - 3:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — The European Union marked 100 days until Brexit on Wednesday by triggering an action plan to ensure planes can still fly and money can still flow between Britain and the bloc in the increasingly likely event that the U.K. leaves the EU without a divorce deal. The British government,...
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European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, left, and European Commissioner for Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovkis participate in a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert action over the country's budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 19, 2018 - 9:04 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Italy on its budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break the euro's rules and lead to legal action. European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said the "agreement is not ideal"...
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December 19, 2018 - 7:26 am
TORONTO (AP) — South Sudan's National Security Service forced several officials assessing the country's new peace deal to strip and face "inhuman" treatment, an international monitoring group said in an internal report. Four East African monitors were blindfolded, bound, kicked and robbed of money...
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Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, center, holds government meeting in Kosovo capital Pristina on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Haradinaj blamed Europe Union's foreign policy chief for "deviating the dialogue" on normalizing ties with Serbia. Haradinaj said that, while Serbia is taking major steps toward the integration with the bloc, his country's residents have remained "in a ghetto," not enjoying the visa-free travel to EU countries though it has fulfilled all requirements. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
December 18, 2018 - 1:41 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat called Tuesday on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the former Serbian territory faced pushback from longtime allies such as the EU and NATO along with familiar hostilities with Serbia. Kosovo last month slapped a...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with the top military staff in the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Putin said that new Russian weapons have no foreign equivalents, helping ensure the nation's security for decades to come. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 10:32 am
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday rejected the U.S. claim that Russia developed a new cruise missile in violation of a key nuclear treaty, arguing that Russia has no need for such a land-based weapon because it already has similar missiles on its ships and aircraft. Washington...
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