Ukraine: Director in prisoner swap backs jailed Russians
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A film director who was included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia spoke out Tuesday on behalf of suspected political detainees in Russia, promising to...
French foreign minister wants to rebuild ties with Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — France's top diplomat says a major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine should act as a catalyst for improved ties between his country and Moscow.
Russia and Ukraine trade prisoners, each fly 35 to freedom
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine...
The Latest: Trump applauds Ukraine-Russia prisoner trade
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump is praising the exchange of prisoners carried out by...
Key witness in MH17 downing released from jail in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday unexpectedly released a key witness in the case of the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, just minutes before Russian President...
Ukraine denies reports of prisoner swap with Russia
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The office of the Ukrainian president on Friday denied reports saying that a much-anticipated prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia is underway.
Ukrainian court frees Russian journalist
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Wednesday released a Russian journalist on parole after more than a year in jail, an apparent signal that a much-anticipated prisoner exchange with Russia...
4 Ukrainians released from separatist captivity
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Four Ukrainian nationals on Friday were released after spending years in separatist captivity and handed over to the Ukrainian government in a rare gesture of good...
Israel recovers body of soldier lost in ’82 Lebanon battle
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Wednesday said it had recovered the body of a soldier who went missing in a bloody 1982 battle with Syrian forces in southern Lebanon, closing a famous case...
Yemeni combatants agree on first stage of Hodeida pullback
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels have agreed on the first stage of a mutual pullout of forces from the port city of Hodeida, a key entry point for humanitarian aid, the United Nations said.
A U.N. statement late Sunday said the agreement came after two days of meetings in Hodeida. The warring parties agreed to a cease-fire in the city and a prisoner exchange during talks held in Sweden in December, but the implementation of both has been stalled.
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Yemen’s government, rebels meet on stalled prisoner exchange
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels met in Jordan on Tuesday for talks on implementing a stalled prisoner exchange agreed upon in December.
The U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said the three-day meeting aims to "finalize the list of prisoners and detainees to be released and exchanged."
He stressed that a breakthrough in the prisoners' deal would give momentum to the rocky talks over Yemen's crucial port of Hodeida, where a U.N.-brokered truce has witnessed multiple breaches.
Jordan to host talks between Yemen’s warring parties
CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for Jordan's Foreign Ministry says the country will host a round of U.N.-backed talks between the internationally recognized government of Yemen and the Shiite Houthi rebels, about a prisoner swap deal next week.
Sufian Al-Qudah said Saturday that Jordan agreed to host the Yemenis at the U.N.'s request.
Yemeni officials: Saudis release 7 Yemeni rebel prisoners
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say seven Houthi rebel prisoners have been released by Saudi Arabia and returned to the capital, Sanaa. It's the first small prisoner exchange between the two sides, after the rebels released a Saudi a day earlier.
The rebels were transferred by the International Red Cross late on Wednesday, and the aid group had also arranged for the transfer of the Saudi prisoner. The Houthis had said they were releasing him because he's sick.
Jordan agrees to host Yemen talks about prisoner exchange
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says it has agreed to host U.N-brokered negotiations between Yemen's warring sides about a prisoner exchange.
The kingdom's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Jordan accepted a request by the special U.N. envoy for Yemen to host the talks but did not say when they would be held.
The Latest: US welcomes progress from Yemen peace talks
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the U.N.-sponsored Yemen peace talks that are wrapping up in Sweden (all times local):
The Trump administration is welcoming progress made at peace talks between the warring parties in Yemen.
Yemen’s warring sides agree on truce in key port city
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed Thursday to an immediate cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida, where fighting has disrupted vital aid deliveries and left the country on the brink of starvation in the 4-year-old civil war .
Yemen peace talks in Sweden focus on prisoner swap deal
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring parties met Sunday for the fourth day of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden to try to hammer out details of a prisoner exchange, which could eventually include all prisoners held by both sides in the four-year civil war.
Prisoner swap deal bolsters hopes of progress in Yemen talks
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of famine.
Hopes were high that the talks wouldn't deteriorate into further violence as in the past, and that the prisoner exchange would be an important first step toward building confidence between highly distrustful adversaries.
Taliban say they’re ready for second round of talks with US
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban are ready for a second round of talks with the U.S., possibly this month, which is likely to focus on prisoner exchanges, confidence building measures, and ways to move from back-door meetings to formal negotiations, said Taliban officials in separate interviews in recent days.
German authorities arrest suspected Nusra Front supporter
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a Syrian man on allegations he supported the extremist Nusra Front in his homeland.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday the 33-year-old, identified only as Abdul Sattar A. I., was fighting for a paramilitary group associated with the Free Syrian Army when in April 2014, he organized the capture of Islamic State fighter Saleh A.
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Ukraine, separatist rebels agree on major prisoner exchange
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels have agreed on a major prisoner exchange.
Separatist leaders and a Ukrainian government representative said in televised comments on Monday that they would exchange prisoners on Wednesday. They spoke after a meeting in Moscow mediated by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
AP Was There: Extent of Srebrenica massacre comes to light
TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys perished in 10 days of slaughter after Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces led by Gen. Ratko Mladic on July 11, 1995. It is the only episode of Bosnia's 1992-95 war to be defined as genocide by two U.N. courts.
Iran FM scolds Trump for tweet, rules out nuke renegotiation
NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat scolded President Donald Trump on Wednesday for a weekend tweet about a nonexistent Iranian missile launch and essentially ruled out renegotiating or launching follow-up talks to a landmark nuclear accord that Trump is threatening to dismantle.
"We need to check our facts before we make statements," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It worries me that people play with facts and produce alternative facts."
Syrian population transfer stalls over prisoner exchange
BEIRUT (AP) — The second stage of a troubled population transfer in Syria stalled on Thursday as rebel and government negotiators argued over the identities of the prisoners to be released as part of the exchange.
More than 3,000 people found themselves trapped at the handover point between the two sides on the outskirts of Aleppo city, where a car bomb on Saturday killed more than 130 people, half of them children.
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Ukrainian war prisoners languish in limbo on both sides
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Just three days after Ukrainian soldier Oleksandr Lazarenko was taken prisoner in the war in Ukraine's east, a peace agreement was signed under which the sides agreed to an "all-for-all" prisoner exchange. A year and a half later, his wife still waits desperately for his return.
The so-called Minsk Agreement on ending the war between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces is floundering on many issues, but prisoner releases appear to be one of the most intractable.
Children of US World War II POWs on emotional Poland visit
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A group of children and relatives of U.S. officers who were held in a Nazi German prisoner camp on Polish territory during World War II are on a visit that will take them to the camp's site.
Taking heat, US officials defend $400M cash payment to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday defended its decision to make a $400 million cash delivery to Iran contingent on the release of American prisoners, saying the payment wasn't ransom because the Islamic Republic would have soon recouped the money one way or another.