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Trump envoy keeps door open to new Afghanistan peace talks

- The Washington Times

President Trump has declared peace talks with Taliban militants in Afghanistan in America’s longest war were “dead” earlier this month, but his top negotiator and a senior State Department official Thursday hinted there is a chance they can be revived.

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Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration

- Associated Press

Japan announced Friday it will accept South Korea's request for joint talks leading to arbitration by the World Trade Organization after Seoul filed a complaint with the international body over Tokyo's tightening of export controls.

Algeria protesters defy army chief's tougher stance

- Associated Press

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief.

Rights group praises Serbia war crimes court rape conviction

Associated Press

A Serbian court has sentenced a former special police member to eight years in prison for raping a Bosniak woman during the 1992-95 war, in what has been described as a rare efficient war crimes trial in the Balkan country.

Australian-Lebanese dual citizen Amer Khayyat stands as he holds his Australian passport, after his release from prison in Roumieh, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Lebanese authorities have released the Lebanese -Australian who had been detained in Lebanon for more than two years after he was found innocent in an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Australian-Lebanese jailed on Sydney bomb plot set free

Associated Press

Lebanese authorities released Friday a Lebanese-Australian man who was detained for more than two years over an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney, after a military court said he was innocent in the case.

Iraq's stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

- Associated Press

As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

- Associated Press

The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, meets with members of the New York Police Department's football team, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Pence met earlier with the NYPD for a counterterrorism briefing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Pence praises police officers in twist on White House visit

- Associated Press

In a twist on White House sports team visits that have become increasingly rare as athletes protest the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday visited New York City police headquarters and heralded its football team for winning a recent national championship among public safety agencies.

Former Venezuelan military spy chief, retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal walks out of prison in Estremera, outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

US still seeks to extradite ex-Venezuelan spy master

Associated Press

The Trump administration says it is exploring ways to extradite a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling, even after Spain's National Court rejected a U.S. extradition request.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media before departing from al-Bateen Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, as U.S. special representative on Iran Brian Hook, left, listens. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

US military presenting range of options to Trump on Iran

- Associated Press

The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry.