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JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG  — Angolan President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government, generating some goodwill from activists who struggled to have their voices heard during the long rule of former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Lourenco, a former defense minister who became president last year, on Tuesday hosted members of Angolan civil society organizations … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JERUSALEM | Netanyahu says new elections would be ‘irresponsible’

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says it would be “irresponsible” to dissolve the government and call early elections. Benjamin Netanyahu issued the message on Monday, moments before his education minister, Naftali Bennett, was to announce whether he’s pulling his Jewish Home Party out of the coalition. If Bennett leaves, it would cause the government to … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Netanyahu says new elections would be ‘irresponsible’

JERUSALEM | Defense chief’s resignation pushes Israel toward election

JERUSALEM — Israel’s defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election. Avigdor Lieberman’s decision was ostensibly a show of anger over Tuesday’s informal truce with Israel’s Hamas enemies. But in many ways, it was … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Defense chief’s resignation pushes Israel toward election

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israel says shot Gaza angler was close to fence

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza‘s Hamas rulers (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The Israeli military says a Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip was illegally advancing toward the security fence dividing Gaza and Israel. The military said in a statement that the army shot him … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israel says shot Gaza angler was close to fence

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi coalition in Yemen, under pressure, ends US refueling

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early Saturday it had “requested cessation of inflight refueling” by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s airstrikes. The decision by Americans to pull out also … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi coalition in Yemen, under pressure, ends US refueling

ATHENS, Greece | Greek foreign minister resigns, prime minister takes over

ATHENS, Greece — The foreign minister of Greece resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country’s name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ resignation and intends to take … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek foreign minister resigns, prime minister takes over

CANBERRA, Australia | Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions

CANBERRA, Australia  — Australia’s foreign minister said on Monday her country’s alliance with the United States had never been more vital in an era of escalating challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. In her first major policy speech since she took over the foreign ministry in August, Marise Payne told an Australian Institute of International Affairs … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions