International relations

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks with a Saudi prince in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. An independent U.N. human rights expert investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday June 19, 2019, recommended an investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, citing "credible evidence." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
June 19, 2019 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote Thursday on more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump administration's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, setting up a new challenge to President Donald Trump's steadfast alliance with the kingdom. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a conference involving its review of its interest-rate policy strategy and communications in Chicago. On Wednesday, June 19, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement and updated economic projections. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 19, 2019 - 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday but signaled that it's prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the U.S. economy from trade conflicts and other threats. The Fed kept its benchmark rate — which influences many consumer and business...
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FILE - In this now. 27, 2016, file, photo, a boy, center, with fake blood on his face and clothes to represent a victim, holds a poster with Arabic writing that reads,"Military targets" during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen. A database tracking violence said Wednesday, June 19, 2019 that at least 91,600 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
June 19, 2019 - 2:28 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's civil war has killed at least 91,600 people so far, a database tracking violence said Wednesday, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015. The conflict began with the 2014 takeover over of northern and central Yemen by the...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, speaks about NAFTA and Canada-US relations at an Empire Club meeting in Toronto. Craft is President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 2:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday defended her record on climate change, saying it is a "real risk to our planet" that must be addressed. She also pledged to recuse Kelly Knight Craft told the Senate Foreign Relations...
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COMBO FILE - In this file four-photo combo image of various recent dates, showing the contenders still placed to become leader of the Conservative Party, Wednesday June 19, 2019, with from left: Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid. Rory Stewart has dropped out of the contest Wednesday. Britain's Conservative Party will continue to hold elimination votes until the final two contenders will be put to a vote of party members nationwide, with the winner due to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as party leader and prime minister. (AP FILE Photo combo)
June 19, 2019 - 1:35 pm
LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next prime minister is down to the final four on Wednesday, as Boris Johnson stretched his lead among Conservative lawmakers and upstart Rory Stewart was eliminated from the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and U.K. foreign secretary, won 143 of 313...
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In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, a worker fixes roof on Holy Sunday church in the 'Tsar's Village' complex near Sveti Stefan peninsula in Montenegro. A Serb official has branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and threatened a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a church law. The draft law calls for all religious communities in Montenegro to provide proof that they owned their property before 1918 when the small Adriatic state lost its independence and became part of the Serb-dominated Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. If they don't, the property becomes state owned. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
June 19, 2019 - 1:23 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church...
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British ruling Conservative party leadership and Prime Minister contender Rory Stewart speaks to the media as he leaves television news network studios in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Britain's Conservative Party are set to kick one more candidate out of the contest to become the country's next prime minister, as rivals scramble to catch front-runner Boris Johnson. The five-strong field will be narrowed in elimination votes by Tory lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday, with the two top candidates going to a runoff of party members across the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
June 19, 2019 - 1:10 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Conservative Party voting to pick Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 6:05 p.m. The contest to become Britain's next prime minister is down to four candidates, with Boris Johnson building on his commanding lead in a Conservative Party vote. Johnson gained...
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U.S. Navy patrol boats carrying journalists to see damaged oil tankers leaves a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet base near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday. Iran has denied being involved. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
June 19, 2019 - 11:47 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Iraqi officials say two rockets have landed on oil company sites in Iraq's southern Basra province, one landing near the facilities of a Turkish company...
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Cmdr. Sean Kido of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet talks to journalists at a 5th Fleet Base near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Cmdr. Kido said Wednesday that damage done last week to the Kokaku Courageous was "not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship." (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
June 19, 2019 - 9:03 am
U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday, stopping short of...
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A currency trader talks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 19, 2019 - 7:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global markets were mixed Wednesday amid some optimism about U.S.-China trade talks and ahead of an interest rate decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Fed isn't considered ready to announce its first rate cut in more than a decade, but many expect the central bank to signal an...
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