Cease fires

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2019, file photo, an Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.. Goble, a U.S. Special Forces soldier who died in Afghanistan this week, was seizing a Taliban weapons cache when he was killed, the U.S. military said Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 29, 2019 - 5:33 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban's ruling council agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, providing a window in which a peace agreement with the United States can be signed, officials from the insurgent group said. They didn't say when it would begin. A cease-fire had been...
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Civilians ride in a truck as they flee Maaret al-Numan, Syria, ahead of a government offensive, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)
December 23, 2019 - 8:45 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces pressed ahead Monday with a new military assault on the country's last rebel stronghold that began last week, an offensive that has set off a mass exodus of civilians fleeing to safer areas near the Turkish border. Under the cover of airstrikes and heavy...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo a Matson container ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Calif. On Friday, Dec. 20, the Commerce Department issues the third estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the July-September quarter. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 20, 2019 - 7:47 am
AP Economics Writer (AP) — The U.S. economy, which only recently was flashing warning signs of a sharp slowdown, should finish the year in better shape, thanks to rate cuts from the Federal Reserve and a cease-fire in the U.S.-China trade war. The Commerce Department said Friday that the gross...
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FILE---Picture taken on July 2, 2019 shows people taking part in a demonstration under the alliance "No Al Quds march 2016! Together against all anti-Semitism!") at Kurfuerstendamm in Berlin, Germany. Banner left reads "ban Hezbollah". (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
December 19, 2019 - 6:47 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling for a national ban on the activities of Hezbollah and for the Lebanese militant group to be put on the European Union's terrorist list. Mathias Middelberg, the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in...
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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Karzai, whose final years in power were characterized by a cantankerous relationship with the United States, said on Tuesday that Washington used blackmail and corruption to manipulate his officials, undermine his government and foment violence among the country's many factions. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
December 10, 2019 - 7:06 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings...
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December 08, 2019 - 8:16 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pauses while speaking about the prospects for peace, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. Afghanistan’s former deputy minister says Khalilzad is in the Afghan capital “to discuss the latest in peace efforts.” Former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai tweeted pictures of his meeting with Khalilzad Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, saying ‘we spoke about the way forward.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 04, 2019 - 12:03 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His next stop will...
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President Donald Trump holds up a tray of Thanksgiving dinner during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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November 29, 2019 - 9:19 am
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and the Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a cease-fire. Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:...
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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive with turkey to serve to troops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The visit is Pence’s first to Iraq and comes nearly one year since President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to the country. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 23, 2019 - 1:32 pm
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence worked to reassure the United States’ Kurdish allies in an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday, the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago. Flying in a C-17 military cargo...
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Comrades cover the coffin of Said Abdel Ahad, a Christian fighter of the Syriac Military Council, during his funeral in Hassakeh, Syria, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Ahad was killed in Turkish offensive near Tal Tamr. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
November 23, 2019 - 7:08 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — A car bomb exploded in a Turkey-controlled northern Syrian town on the border Saturday, killing at least three people, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, put the death toll from the explosion in Tal Abyad at nine,...
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