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Abandoning diplomat's discretion, ex-Ukraine ambassador takes Trump to task


WASHINGTON The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine abandoned diplomatic discretion and accused the Trump administration of recalling her based on false claims and of eviscerating the State Department, an act that may end her career but drew praise for her courage. | Video

Yovanovitch is latest casualty of Trump war on career diplomats

WASHINGTON The treatment of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch - disparaged by President Donald Trump and abruptly recalled from Ukraine - exemplifies what current and former U.S. officials describe as a campaign by Trump against career diplomats. | Video

Factbox: Portraits of Volker, four U.S. diplomats asked to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker on Thursday became the first of five former and current U.S. diplomats to give a deposition to the congressional committees conducting an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump. | Video

U.N. chief calls for independent probe into Gulf tanker attacks

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Friday for an independent investigation to establish the facts and who was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers this week in the Gulf of Oman.

World, United Nations, Jun 14 2019

China says nobody wants war after tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman

BEIJING Nobody wants war in the Gulf of Oman, China's foreign ministry said on Friday, calling on all sides to exercise restraint following attacks on oil tankers in those waters, and urging dialogue to resolve differences.

World, China, Davos Jun 14 2019

Fearful and fenced in: foreign children of IS face indefinite stay in Iraq

BAGHDAD The children ran along the narrow enclosure, screaming, fighting and crying for the attention of the prison worker distributing sweets and balloons. Bug-bitten toddlers, too small to walk, clung to the sides of the chain link fence, staring blankly.

World, Apr 30 2019

Special Report: Forgotten victims - The children of Islamic State

BAGHDAD The hallways of the Rusafa Central Criminal Court in Baghdad teemed with anxious toddlers on the days their mothers were on trial. Then they vanished again, into the women's prison, where they have lived for the past year and a half. They sleep on thin mattresses in crowded cells, bored, hungry and often sick. They are the foreign children of Islamic State.

Military cargo plane crashes in Iran, 15 killed

DUBAI A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of the Iranian capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said. | Video

Amal Clooney calls on Myanmar's Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters

UNITED NATIONS The families of two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Myanmar have asked for a pardon, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney told a press freedom event at the United Nations on Friday as she pressed the country's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to agree. | Video

Turkey's Erdogan hopes Tehran summit will avert Idlib offensive

ISTANBUL Turkey hopes a summit with Iranian and Russian leaders in Tehran on Friday will avert a Syrian government offensive on the rebel-held Idlib enclave and prevent a new influx of refugees to Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying.

World, Russia, Turkey, Syria Sep 05 2018

U.S. envoy arrives in South Korea as Pyongyang ramps up pressure

INCHEON, South Korea Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, arrived in South Korea on Sunday as Pyongyang stepped up pressure on Washington to make concessions to revive stalled denuclearization talks ahead of a year-end deadline.