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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

VATICAN CITY | South Korean leader in Rome, praises pope’s peace message

VATICAN CITY — South Korea’s president thanked Pope Francis for promoting peace and dialogue on Wednesday as he arrived in Italy for a papal audience, where he’s expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit. President Moon Jae-in meets with Francis on Thursday. He spends Wednesday meeting … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | South Korean leader in Rome, praises pope’s peace message

ISTANBUL | The Latest: Turkey urges Saudis to allow search of consulate

ISTANBUL  — The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Turkey’s top diplomat has reiterated a call to Saudi Arabia to allow Turkish authorities to enter the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul for an investigation on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: Turkey urges Saudis to allow search of consulate

WASHINGTON | Pakistan urges restraint by new US envoy for Afghan peace

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s top diplomat on Wednesday urged the Trump administration’s new envoy for reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan to be more sensitive to Pakistani opinion than he has been as a private citizen. The recent appointment of veteran U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has raised hackles in Pakistan. Khalilzad, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, has previously … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pakistan urges restraint by new US envoy for Afghan peace

UNITED NATIONS | NKorea: US needs to build our trust, and sanctions lower it

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea needs more trust in the U.S. and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang’s top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community’s biggest worries — Syria — demanded that the U.S., France and Turkey withdraw their troops from his … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | NKorea: US needs to build our trust, and sanctions lower it

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Pakistan blames India for breakdown in talks

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 3:00 p.m. Pakistan’s top diplomat is blaming India for a recent breakdown in their relations as he addresses a U.N. gathering of world leaders. He says Pakistan “prefers politics over peace.” Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s comments came a few hours … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Pakistan blames India for breakdown in talks