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Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdown

Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdownCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela defused a potential showdown with the United States, suspending a demand that U.S. diplomats leave the country as Washington called on the world to "pick a side" in the South American nation's fast-moving crisis.



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Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomats

Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomatsCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro's government backtracked Saturday from its order for U.S. Embassy personnel to leave Venezuela, moving to defuse tensions with Washington just hours after international diplomats traded heated rhetoric at a special U.N. Security Council meeting on the South American country's crisis.



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Some US diplomats leaving Venezuela amid political crisis

Some US diplomats leaving Venezuela amid political crisisCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Some U.S. diplomats in Venezuela headed for the Caracas airport early Friday amid a political power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and an opposition leader who has declared himself interim president.



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Pompeo’s Dilemma: Heed Maduro’s Demands or Put Diplomats at Risk

Pompeo’s Dilemma: Heed Maduro’s Demands or Put Diplomats at RiskNow, his decision to keep U.S. diplomats in Venezuela risks opening him to similar concerns. Soon after President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, was Venezuela’s rightful leader, Pompeo vowed to ignore an order from President Nicolas Maduro giving U.S. diplomats until Saturday afternoon to leave the country.



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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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