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AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:12pm

The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official has told The Associated Press.

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 4:57pm

Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of thousands dead. The U.S.-Taliban talks have sidelined the government in Kabul, which is increasingly frustrated.

Marine traffic monitoring site shows Iranian tanker suspected of breaching US sanctions to be moving away from Gibraltar

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 4:00pm

Marine traffic monitoring site shows Iranian tanker suspected of breaching US sanctions to be moving away from Gibraltar.

Canada 'disappointed' by British decision on Jihadi Jack

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 1:44pm

Canada said Sunday it is disappointed the United Kingdom has decided to "off-load their responsibilities" after its close ally revoked the citizenship of a British-Canadian man who is imprisoned in Syria.

Bomb blast kills Pakistani tribal elder near Afghan border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 10:40am

Pakistani police say a pro-government tribal elder has been killed by a bomb planted in his vehicle in the country's northwest, near the Afghan border.

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 9:39am

Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles.

The Latest: Families bury their dead after wedding attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 9:24am

The Latest on the late-night suicide bombing that struck a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul (all times local):

Rescue workers try to free 2 trapped cavers in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:07am

Polish media are reporting that more than two dozen rescue experts are trying to free two spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave in southern Poland.

Feminist icon Steinem blasts Israel PM over travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 7:02am

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has called Israel's prime minister a "bully" and says she won't visit as long as he remains the country's leader.

The Latest: Slovakia police detain 30 migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:28am

The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):

British journalist says he was victim of planned assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:27am

A well-known left-wing British journalist says he was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head in what he described as a "blatant premeditated assault."

Russian opposition figure re-arrested upon jail release

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:23am

A prominent Russian opposition figure has been detained by police immediately after leaving a jail where he had served two sentences connected to protests in Moscow.

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians near Gaza fence

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:14am

Israeli troops killed three Palestinians and severely wounded a fourth near Gaza Strip's heavily guarded perimeter fence, the Gaza Health Ministry said Sunday.

French police suicide rate climbs, French govt is flummoxed

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:38am

Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher — all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year — and the number just keeps on climbing.

A look at deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in recent years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

The deadly bombing at a wedding in Afghanistan's capital late Saturday was a stark reminder that the war-weary country faces daily threats not only from the long-established Taliban but also from a brutal local affiliate of the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has refused to let the 107 passengers disembark.

Syrian troops close to western outskirts of rebel-held town

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor say government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of a major rebel-held town.

Wildfire forces 4,000 to evacuate in Spain's Canary Islands

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:26am

Around 4,000 people were evacuated Sunday because of wildfires that, for the second time in a week, ravaged the countryside of one of Spain's Canary Islands.

UN blasts Libyan force's strikes on airport west of Tripoli

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:26am

The U.N. mission in Libya has condemned airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army on a militia-run airport west of the capital, Tripoli, saying the facility had no military targets.