Afghanistan releases final 400 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government said Friday they have begun the release of 400 Taliban prisoners, in an important step towards peace talks that have been delayed since February following the US-Taliban peace de...

Greek national security council to meet amid Turkey tension

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister is to convene the government’s national security council after Turkey announced its research vessel would be conducting exploratory drilling in the easter...

Iran indifferent to Trump envoy's quitting amid embargo push

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry on Friday expressed indifference to the change in the Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran, alleging that the new U.S. official in the post would be no...

Somaliland president rejects China's deal to drop Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Somaliland's president has reportedly rejected a conditional offer by a delegation of Chinese "wolf warrior" diplomats to cut ties with Taiwan, and added tha...

Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America. The New York-b...

Trump's national security adviser recovers from COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser, who tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to work Tuesday after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, the White House s...

Somaliland reportedly weighing recognition of Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A report by local Somaliland media released on Monday (Aug. 3) states that the fledgling republic is considering formal recognition of Taiwan; the latter's Ministry of...

David Lee named secretary-general to Taiwan president

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appointed David Lee (李大維), former secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), as the new secretary-general to the president on M...

Iran hits hawkish US expert with symbolic sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday imposed symbolic sanctions on a hawkish former expert with the White House National Security Council, Iranian state media reported. ...

Afghanistan frees over 300 Taliban prisoners in Eid cease-fire deal

Afghanistan’s government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners over the weekend as a rare cease-fire between the groups appeared to hold for the final scheduled day on Sunday, the last day of t...

White House offers condolences for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The White House offered condolences for late President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) Friday (July 31), emphasizing his role in guiding Taiwan through the transition from authoritaria...

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the th...

Trump national security adviser O’Brien has coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far. That&...

Belgium implements drastic plan to avoid another lockdown

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's prime minister on Monday unveiled a set of drastic social distancing measures aimed at avoiding a new general lockdown amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. ...

Biden says he's had intel briefings, warns of vote meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Friday night that he's begun receiving intelligence briefings as he warned that Russia, China and other adversaries were attempting to undermine the upcoming U.S. elec...