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Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troopsAlthough there has been increasing acceptance in Kabul that U.S. President Donald Trump was impatient for progress in ending the 17-year war, comment from a U.S. official that he was planning to withdraw at least 5,000 troops, coupled with the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, came as a surprise. Mattis has been widely seen in Afghanistan as a guarantor of U.S. engagement, and his departure would inevitability raise worries in the minds of many Afghan officials. The news followed a two-day meeting in Abu Dhabi between U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives at which the two sides discussed the withdrawal of international forces and a ceasefire in 2019.



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Police called on diplomats as APEC summit tensions boil over

Police called on diplomats as APEC summit tensions boil overPolice were called when Chinese officials attempted to “barge” into the office of Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over. The Chinese delegates “tried to barge in” to Rimbink Pato’s Port Moresby office Saturday, in an eleventh-hour bid to influence a summit draft communique, but were denied entry, three sources with knowledge of the situation told AFP. “Police were posted outside the minister’s office after they tried to barge in,” one source privy to summit negotiations told AFP, requesting anonymity.



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Russia expels U.S. diplomats and closes a consulate

Russia expels U.S. diplomats and closes a consulateThe Russian government has announced that they will expel American diplomats and close the St. Petersburg consulate.



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The Latest: Australia expels 2 Russian diplomats

The Latest: Australia expels 2 Russian diplomatsWARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic fallout over the nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):



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The Latest: Russian diplomats expelled by UK arrive home

The Latest: Russian diplomats expelled by UK arrive homeMOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):



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Russia expels British diplomats amid growing tension after former spy poisoning

Russia expels British diplomats amid growing tension after former spy poisoningThe move is latest in a growing feud between Russia and the United Kingdom after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter — with Prime Minister Theresa May saying there is “no alternative conclusion” than Russia being responsible.



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UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefire

UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefireA UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto, diplomats said. It was not immediately known if the vote would be postponed on a draft resolution demanding a truce to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and the evacuation of the sick and wounded. Russia is supporting the Syrian government, and the UN negotiations have stumbled over Russian demands that rebel groups fighting government forces comply with the truce.



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19 U.S. Travelers To Cuba Reported Symptoms Similar To Those Of Diplomats

19 U.S. Travelers To Cuba Reported Symptoms Similar To Those Of DiplomatsThe U.S. State Department says 19 U.S. travelers to Cuba have reported health issues and symptoms similar to those U.S. diplomats said they experienced in Havana in 2016.



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U.S. probing if 'viral' attack sickened diplomats in Cuba: official

U.S. probing if 'viral' attack sickened diplomats in Cuba: officialBy Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators are looking at a range of theories, including the possibility of a “viral” attack, to explain what may have sickened some American diplomats who were stationed in Havana, the State Department said on Tuesday. U.S. experts have yet to determine who or what was behind the mysterious illnesses that began occurring in late 2016 and heightened tensions between the old Cold War foes. State Department officials testified that it was “incomprehensible” Cuba’s Communist government would not have been aware of what happened or who was responsible, though they stopped short of assigning direct blame to Havana.



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Saudi, Lebanon diplomats caught in diplomatic tussle

Saudi, Lebanon diplomats caught in diplomatic tussleBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his Saudi counterpart are caught in what appears to be a diplomatic tussle over representation, with each country delaying accreditation of the other's diplomat, though both were named months ago.



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