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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press availability with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 09, 2019 - 10:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2017 Trump administration hiring freeze at the State Department had devastating effects, hurting core functions such as providing services to U.S. citizens abroad and protecting embassies, the agency's internal watchdog said Friday. The department's inspector general said all...
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A woman holds an umbrella and a placard as people gather at Chater Garden to give support to the recent protests against the extradition bill, at the financial district in Hong Kong, Thursday, Aug, 1, 2019. The Chinese army has released a promotional video for its Hong Kong-based troops at a time of uncertainty over whether the military will intervene in the city's summer of protest. (Elson Li/HK01 via AP)
August 02, 2019 - 2:38 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The U.S. and other Western nations are "fanning the flames" of street protests in Hong Kong that aim to undermine the semi-autonomous region's prosperity, stability and security, China's top diplomat told state media Friday. State Councilor Yang Jiechi's accusations came as police...
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A Russia-flagged fishing boat which was detained by North Korea, is seen at a port in Sokcho, South Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Seoul says two South Koreans and 15 Russians have returned to South Korea about 10 days after their boat drifted into North Korean waters and was detained. (Lee Jong-geun/Yonhap via AP)
July 28, 2019 - 5:18 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two South Koreans and 15 Russians returned to South Korea on Sunday, following 10 days of detention in North Korea after their fishing boat drifted into North Korean waters, officials said. The crew members were aboard a Russia-flagged fishing boat when it was detained by...
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July 26, 2019 - 3:34 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions. Some Muslims in Congo had planned to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia next...
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Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan Pyo, front right, at foreign ministry in Tokyo Friday, July 19, 2019. Japan has summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest Seoul's refusal to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II labor. (Masanobu Kumagai/Kyodo News via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 11:39 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister on Friday summoned South Korea's ambassador and accused Seoul of violating international law by refusing to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II forced labor. South Korea had until midnight Thursday to respond to Japan's request...
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South Korean police officers stand guard against possible rallies against Japan in front of a building where the Japanese embassy is located in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 19, 2019. South Korean police say a man has set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul amid rising trade disputes between Seoul and Tokyo. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 18, 2019 - 11:25 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building...
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In this Thursday, July 18, 2019, photo, a protester tries to tear a paper showing an image of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a rally denouncing the Japanese government's decision on their exports to South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean police on Friday, July 19, say a man has set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul amid rising trade disputes between Seoul and Tokyo. The signs read "Abe's government." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 18, 2019 - 10:55 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a South Korean man who set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man who set himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul has died. The incident comes amid rising...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1981, file photo Bruce Laingen steps from the first of four planes carrying the freed Iranian hostages from West Point, N.Y., to their official welcome in Washington. Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died at age 96. He died July 15, 2019, according to his son. (AP Photo)
July 17, 2019 - 6:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1981, file photo Bruce Laingen steps from the first of four planes carrying the freed Iranian hostages from West Point, N.Y., to their official welcome in Washington. Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died at age 96. He died July 15, 2019, according to his son. (AP Photo)
July 17, 2019 - 6:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 has died. L. Bruce Laingen (LAYNG'-ehn) was 96. Laingen's son Chip says his father died Monday in Bethesda, Maryland. Laingen was one of 52 Americans held hostage for more...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club event at the British Embassy in Washington. Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday, July 10, 2019, just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump caused embarrassment to two countries that often celebrate having a "special relationship." The resignation of Kim Darroch came a day after Trump lashed out at him on Twitter describing him as "wacky" and a "pompous fool" after leaked documents revealed the envoy's dim view of Trump's administration. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, FIle)
July 10, 2019 - 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In America's deeply divided capital city, British Ambassador Kim Darroch was often the bridge. He had a direct line to President Donald Trump's top aides, as well as their predecessors from the Obama administration — and both often found themselves mingling at the same lavish...
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