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MOSCOW | Russia toughens its stance in islands dispute with Japan

MOSCOW — Jan 14, 2019— Russia‘s top diplomat on Monday threw cold water on Tokyo’s hopes for a quick return of disputed islands in the Pacific, warning Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia’s territory as a starting point for talks. The stern statement from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which followed the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia toughens its stance in islands dispute with Japan

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Turkey says Trump wants to avoid Khashoggi issue

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 4:10 a.m. Turkey’s foreign minister has criticized President Donald Trump, saying the U.S. leader appears to want to turn a blind eye to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the kingdom’s consulate in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Turkey says Trump wants to avoid Khashoggi issue

WASHINGTON | Trump pressed to levy harsh US response to Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Trump says that Saudi Arabia is a “spectacular ally” and that he’s not convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, was directly responsible for the Oct. 2 slaying of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pressed to levy harsh US response to Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON | Amid Khashoggi questions, Trump won’t listen to death tape

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said he would not listen to a recording of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as an upcoming report on the slaying threatens to put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Amid Khashoggi questions, Trump won’t listen to death tape

WASHINGTON | Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in coming days

WASHINGTON  — An upcoming administration report about the circumstances surrounding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may put President Donald Trump in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East. “We’ll be having a very full report over the next … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in coming days

CANBERRA, Australia | Australia aims to remove asylum seeker children from Nauru

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia aims to remove all asylum seeker children from Nauru within two months as concerns escalate about their deteriorating health after languishing on the tiny Pacific atoll nation for up to five years. But Cabinet ministers said Thursday the government is maintaining its much-criticized policy of sending all asylum seekers who attempt … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Australia aims to remove asylum seeker children from Nauru

ISTANBUL | Turkey probes whether Khashoggi remains taken from consulate

ISTANBUL — A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s remains may have been taken to a forest outside Istanbul or to another city after his suspected killing at the consulate earlier this month. Ankara’s top diplomat, meanwhile, denied sharing any audio from the Saudi … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey probes whether Khashoggi remains taken from consulate

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: German FM puts trip to Saudi Arabia on hold

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 3:50 p.m. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is putting a planned trip to Saudi Arabia on hold pending the outcome of an … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: German FM puts trip to Saudi Arabia on hold