Northern Ireland

US 'considering names' for NI special envoy role

US Secretary of State says the White House is looking at a list of people for the position.

World

Chinese President's Top Economic Adviser to Visit U.S. Next Week

President Xi Jinping’s most trusted economic adviser, Liu He, is heading to Washington on Tuesday as a main envoy for the U.S.-China relationship.

Northern Ireland

Donald Trump urged to appoint NI special envoy

The US president is told now is an "ideal time" to honour his commitment and appoint a new diplomat.

World

U.N. envoy sees difficult talks on Syria ceasefire deal

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he hoped the U.N. Security Council would agree a resolution to end fighting in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, but said it would not be easy.

World

Vatican special envoy hears Chilean abuse victims' testimony

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean man who was sexually abused by a priest said he was hopeful that the testimony he shared on Tuesday with a Vatican investigator would lead to better protection for children.

Europe

Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit

The Palestinian leader's call is rebuffed by Israel, whose UN envoy tells him "you are the problem".

World

The Latest: Israel envoy says Palestinian running from peace

The Latest on the U.N. Security Council meeting on Mideast issues (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Israel's U.N. ambassador is accusing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of refusing direct peace negotiations with Israel and is calling him "the problem" —

World

UN envoy hopes for some agreement at South Sudan peace talks

The U.N. envoy for South Sudan says he hopes "some form of agreement" will be signed Friday in Ethiopia's capital where talks are taking place aimed at ending the country's five-year civil war.

World

China's U.S. envoy says 'dangerous to advocate confrontation'

BEIJING (Reuters) - It is dangerous to advocate confrontation in relations between the United States and China, and wishful thinking to believe China will change the nature of its politics, China's ambassador in Washington was quoted as saying by state me

United States

Ex-Cheney adviser poised to be US representative for Syria

The Trump administration plans to name a onetime adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney as its next envoy for the Syrian crisis.

World

UN envoy: This is most dangerous moment in Syria in 4 years

The U.N. envoy for Syria says this is the most "violent and worrying and dangerous" moment in the country in four years, pointing to escalating violence on multiple fronts that undermines prospects for peace and regional stability.

Sport

South Korean envoy summoned after Iranians excluded from Samsung phone gift

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has summoned South Korea's ambassador over media reports that Iranians at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games would not receive the latest Samsung mobile phone given as a gift to most other athletes.

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