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U.S. Embassy announces end to visa crisis with Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Thursday that it is resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens, saying Turkish authorities had adhered to assurances that no local staff would be …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response but called for the emergency loosening of rules …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Amnesty says fires continue at Rohingya villages in Myanmar

Amnesty International said new satellite images and videos taken as recently as Friday afternoon in Myanmar’s Rakhine state show smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting Aung San Suu Kyi’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 10:29 a.m.

Yemen national blood bank faces threat of closure

Yemen’s national blood bank faces a complete shutdown within a week after a medical aid charity ended its two-year support, the facility’s director said on Thursday, warning that the closure …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 7:22 p.m.

Police take 2 Venezuela opposition leaders from homes

Two of Venezuela’s leading opposition figures were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by state security agents on Tuesday, in President Nicolas Maduro’s first moves against …


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Venezuela crisis enters new phase with Sunday vote

Despite four months of deadly protests and the threat of U.S. sanctions, Venezuela on Saturday found itself 24 hours away from a consolidation of government power that appeared certain to …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Venezuela strike erupts into violence, leaving two dead

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan’s capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a …


Venezuela protesters block streets as general strike looms

Protesters have set up spontaneous roadblocks across Venezuela’s capital a day before a general strike planned by opponents of government plans to rewrite the constitution.


Qatar responds to Saudi bloc demands as Trump works phones

Qatar delivered its official response to the 13 demands made by the Saudi-led coalition that cut diplomatic and transport links with the country, as President Donald Trump and Kuwait’s ruler …


Germany, Iran call for negotiations in crisis with Qatar

Germany’s foreign minister says the crisis over Gulf Arab state’s dispute with Qatar will only get worse the longer it lasts, and appeals on all sides to engage in direct …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

U.S. envoy urges global action on worsening Venezuela crisis

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in Venezuela where she said “people are starving while their government …


Qatar slams `illegal siege’ as neighbors try to sway U.S.

Qatar said it is under an “illegal siege” by the Saudi-led alliance, which raised the stakes in the diplomatic crisis by encouraging the U.S. to move a key military base …


Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Arab nations on Friday to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar, warning that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering U.S. efforts to fight …


Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic

A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

No agreement reached as diplomats huddle on Venezuela crisis

Top diplomats from across the Western Hemisphere fell short Wednesday in their bid to reach agreement about how to address Venezuela’s deteriorating democratic crisis, with some countries insisting that foreigners …


Yemen minister says 60 percent of population in dire poverty

Yemen’s planning minister says 60 percent of the country’s population is in dire poverty more than two years since the Shiite rebels forced the country’s internationally recognized government and president …


Venezuela opposition keeps up pressure in streets

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans shut down much of the capital on Thursday and clashed with police to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration.


Venezuela walks back move to strip congress’ power

Venezuela’s president and Supreme Court backed down Saturday from an unprecedented move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the South American country was …


Stripped of their powers, Venezuelan lawmakers charge Maduro with a ‘coup’

Outraged opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced him as a full-fledged dictator Thursday, after his allies on the supreme court stripped the country’s parliament of its power.


Analysis: Trump ignored first rule of crisis management – come clean – and he’s paying the price

Donald Trump has allowed his young presidency to become mired in a seemingly intractable Russia scandal by singling out journalists for attack instead of squarely facing allegations that his advisers …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Defeated dictator clings to power in Gambia

Yahya Jammeh has ruled a tiny slice of West Africa for 22 years, but his refusal to step down Wednesday after his defeat in last month’s elections in Gambia has …


AP Explains: Standoff, sick economy drive Venezuelan crisis

Venezuela is in the midst of an escalating political confrontation as the deeply unpopular socialist administration struggles to stay in power and a newly energized opposition tries to bring about …


Rediscovering art proves key when cancer, crisis hit

Jan Foland hangs out on street corners in a bad part of town with drug dealers and addicts, maybe a few prostitutes, and some gang members. Foland’s motivation is simply …