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  • UK leader makes surprise Brussels trip to undo Brexit logjam UK PM May 3 LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will have a dinner meeting in Brussels with senior European Union officials on Monday, in hopes of reinvigorating stalled negotiations on Britain’s departure from the European Union. May’s unexpected meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier follows Barnier’s warning last week that the ...
  • Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 file photo, a Somali government soldier walks near destroyed buildings, after a suicide car bomb on Friday night in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Somalia-based Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has proved to be a more resilient foe than expected, forcing the United States to expand its military involvement with the realization that current strategies including drone attacks are not enough, security experts say. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from Saturday’s truck bombing in Somalia’s capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as this country reeled from the deadliest single attack it’s ever experienced. More people have died of their wounds in the past few hours, said Dr. Abdulkadir Adam of Aamin ...
  • Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk FILE - In this file photo released on May 20, 2015, provided by the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Kurdish fighters of the YPG, flash victory signs as they sit on their pickup on their way to battle against the Islamic State, near Kezwan mountain, northeast Syria. A two-pronged advance to capture key urban strongholds of the Islamic State, and the extremist group's self-styled capital of Raqqa has underlined a convergence of strategy between Washington and Moscow to defeat the extremist group, with Syria's Kurds emerging as the common denominator. (The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units via AP, File) KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a “major, multi-pronged” attack aimed at retaking Kirkuk, as fighting erupted just outside the disputed northern city. Kurdish forces appeared to be pulling back, abandoning fortified positions around the airport as large numbers of civilians fled the northern ...
  • Breaking News: Death toll from blast in Somalia’s capital rises to 231 Somalis remove the body of a man killed in Saturday’s blast, in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The death toll from the huge truck bomb blast in Somalia’s capital rose to over 50 Sunday, with more than 60 others injured, as hospitals struggled to cope with the high number of casualties, security and medical sources said. (AP Photo/Farah MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 231 with more than 275 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in this Horn of Africa nation, a senator said Sunday. Abshir Abdi Ahmed cited doctors at hospitals he had visited in Mogadishu. Many of ...
  • Breaking News: Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province FILE - In this February 22, 2015, file photo, a Syrian Kurdish militia member of the YPG patrols near a Turkish army tank as Turks work to build a new Ottoman tomb in the background in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria. Turkey’s military incursion in northern Syria succeeded in gaining it a foothold and driving Islamic State group militants away from its border _ but its determination to also push back the Kurds is causing it trouble. (AP Photo/Mursel Coban, Depo Photos, File) BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a “de-escalation zone” in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said was meant to secure his country’s border. The Turkish military said it began an operation late Thursday to set up “observation points” in Idlib, without providing ...
  • Officials: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal President Donald Trump makes a statement about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won’t withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration. Trump’s speech from the White House will outline specific faults ...
  • Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare President Donald Trump speaks about the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   WASHINGTON — President Trump, after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, will act on his own to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health ...
  • US official: No negotiated pullout for IS from Syria’s Raqqa © Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images U.S. Special Operations forces travel through the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on May 25, 2016. BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said on Wednesday that it won’t accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of IS militants holed up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists’ de facto capital. The remarks by coalition spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, came as coalition allies were working out ways ...
  • U.S. flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options © Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Air Force via AP A U.S. fighter jet flies over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State targets in 2014.(PhatzNewsRoom / REUTERS)    —-    SEOUL/WASHINGTON – The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a ...
  • As Brexit looms, UK exports to EU getting more important A pedestrian with an umbrella passes a board showing the exchange rates at a money exchange bureau in London, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The British pound fell to a three-month low amid reports Prime Minister Theresa May will signal her willingness to make a clean break with the European Union. Sterling fell below 1.20 US Dollars before recovering slightly Monday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s importance to British exporting firms appears to be growing, official figures showed Tuesday, a development that could focus the minds of those negotiating the country’s exit from the bloc. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that exports to the EU rose by 4.1 percent in the three ...
  • ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse © Ivor Prickett for The New York Times Many of the Islamic State fighters claimed to have been just cooks or clerks. Most said they had never seen a beheading. (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   DIBIS, Iraq — The prisoners were taken to a waiting room in groups of four, and were told to stand facing the concrete wall, their noses almost touching it, their hands bound behind their backs. More than a thousand Islamic State fighters passed through that room this past week after they fled ...
  • US military halts exercises over Qatar crisis In this April 6, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Defense Department, Gulf Arab soldiers take part in the Eagle Resolve exercise in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (Staff Sgt. Frank O’Brien/U.S. Army Central via AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told The Associated Press on Friday. While offering few details, the acknowledgement by the U.S. military’s Central Command shows the ...
  • Nobel Peace Prize awarded to anti-nuclear campaign group Beatrice Fihn, left, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Daniel Hogsta, center, coordinator nd Grethe Ostern, right, member of the steering committee, celebrate with champagne at the headquarters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a group of mostly young activists pushing for a global treaty to ban the cataclysmic bombs. The award of the $1.1-million prize comes amid heightened tensions over both North Korea’s aggressive development of nuclear weapons and President ...
  • Putin says military strike against N. Korea not sure to succeed A TV screen shows images of the U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. South Koreans are bewildered by President Donald Trump’s recent use of the term “smart cookie” to refer to current leader Kim Jong Un, and by Trump’s assertion that he’d be “honored” by a possible meeting. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)(PhatzNewsRoom / Reuters)    —-   MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that a military strike against North Korea designed to destroy its nuclear and missile program might not succeed because Pyongyang could have hidden military facilities that nobody knows about. Russia is strongly opposed to the idea of such a strike, an idea U.S. President ...
  • Iraqi PM says government forces have retaken Hawija from IS Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi addresses forces from a small base on the edge of Mosul’s Old City, where heavy clashes have been underway for days, Monday, July 10, 2017. Al-Abadi returned to Mosul Monday and declared victory against the Islamic State group in the northern city following nine months of grueling urban combat. (Iraqi Prime Minister’s Media Office via AP) PARIS (AP) — Iraqi government forces have retaken the northern town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, one of the militant group’s last strongholds in Iraq, the country’s prime minister said Thursday. Haider al-Abadi said in Paris that the fight against IS will now focus on the border zone with Syria. “I want to announce the ...
  • Analysis: If attacks aim to divide US-Cuba, they’re working Cuba 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — When Americans started falling ill last year in Havana, the victims of eerie, invisible attacks, investigators seized on a key question: Who had the motive to drive the United States and Cuba apart? Nearly a year later, the U.S. hasn’t unraveled the riddle. But whoever is to blame, the plot appears to be ...
  • North Korea accuses US of imposing an ‘economic blockade’ NORTH-KOREA-UNDERWATER-MISSILE-LAUNCH.1(PhatzNewsRoom / AP)     —-    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea’s U.N. ambassador accused the United States on Tuesday of imposing “an economic blockade” on his country and deploying nuclear assets on the Korean peninsula aimed at toppling leader Kim Jong Un. Ja Song Nam said the U.S. push for countries to implement what he called “illegal and ...
  • Iran foreign minister visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff In this photo released by the state-run Oman News Agency, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, arrives in Muscat, Oman, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Zarif is visiting Oman on Monday as part of a daylong trip to speak to officials there about the wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as other issues. (Oman News Agency via AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday met with Qatar’s ruling emir as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit is likely to further inflame officials in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United ...
  • Trump dismisses talking to North Korea as wasted time A TV screen shows images of the U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. South Koreans are bewildered by President Donald Trump’s recent use of the term “smart cookie” to refer to current leader Kim Jong Un, and by Trump’s assertion that he’d be “honored” by a possible meeting. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, raising speculation about whether Trump could be undermining efforts to maintain channels of communication or somehow bolstering the diplomat’s hand in possible future talks. It was not immediately ...
  • Tillerson carries full agenda as he prepares to visit China US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps out of a plane upon arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Tillerson is due to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making his second trip to China since taking office in February, and relations between the two world powers have rarely mattered so much. The standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons has entered a new, dangerous phase as its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump ...
  • Myanmar Rohingya hatred has roots in Buddhist nationalism Newly arrived Rohingya women wait for their turn to collect building material for their shelters distributed by aid agencies in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh were becoming desperate for scant basic resources as hunger and illness soared. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) BANGKOK (AP) — The prejudice and hostility that Rohingya Muslims face in Myanmar stretch beyond the country’s notoriously brutal security forces to a general population receptive to an often-virulent form of Buddhist nationalism that has seen a resurgence since the end of military rule. Many of Myanmar’s Buddhists have objected to the way the media and ...
  • Iranian Americans in limbo, despair after new travel rules U.S. Navy veteran Mohammed Jahanfar poses for a photo during an interview on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Long Beach, Calif. Jahanfar, is seeking a visa to bring his Iranian fiancée to live with him in California, and fears that may not be possible due to the Trump administration’s latest travel restrictions for Iran. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin) LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Navy veteran Mohammed Jahanfar has traveled overseas four times in the last year to visit his Iranian fiancee, most recently hoping to complete government paperwork that would allow her to come live with him in the United States. But the 39-year-old now fears they will be forever separated after President ...
  • Mexicans displaced by quake: ‘This is like a horror story’ A rescue worker walks down a ladder as the search for people continues amid the rubble of a collapsed apartment complex in the southern neighborhood of Tlalpan of Mexico City, Monday Sept. 25, 2017. The 7.1 magnitude quake on Sept. 19 left the complex’s 500 residents, mostly government employees, without a home after one of the 11 buildings collapsed and the others were damaged. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inside the Francisco Kino Elementary School a miniature city has emerged at the site of a shelter for people who lost their homes in last week’s deadly earthquake. On the school’s open-air courtyard, doctors test blood pressure and glucose levels at a makeshift triage center set up on a plastic table. Nearby, ...
  • Iraqi Kurdish vote latest in series of de facto breaks FILE - In thisMarch. 3, 2013 file photo, Kurdish female members of the Popular Protection Units stand guard at a check point near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. The Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq is the latest in a series of moves toward formal secession or de facto fragmentation caused by conflict, race or religion in the Middle East. It’s a trend viewed with considerable alarm in a region that had seriously flirted with merging its nations in post-colonial years more than a half century ago. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File) CAIRO (AP) — The Iraqi Kurds’ independence referendum that was just held could mean further instability in the Middle East, where formal borders have remained in place for decades but recent conflicts have resulted in several de facto partitions. The vote is not binding, and opposition from the international community, as well as Iraq and its ...
  • Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes U.S. B-1 bomber, center, flies over Osan Air Base with U.S. jets in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The United States has flown nuclear-capable supersonic bombers over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its fifth nuclear test and also to settle rattled nerves in the South. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has every right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such ...
As a Communist Party congress opens, the pro-market talk from President Xi Jinping's first term has faded as China's priorities turn to economic intervention and supporting state companies. [...]
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A retired soccer star and Liberia's vice president will square off in November in a runoff to succeed the longtime president after no candidate got enough votes in this month's first round. [...]
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In an effort to quell an uproar among Canadian entrepreneurs over tax policy, Canada's Liberal government on Monday offered small firms a cut to their corporate rate and a pledge that any new measures would only target the wealthy. [...]
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British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Brussels as she tries to revive Brexit talks ahead of a summit of European Union leaders later this week. [...]
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NATO kicked off its annual nuclear exercise with drills in Germany and Belgium, as the alliance seeks to highlight its nuclear deterrent amid North Korean tests and Russian maneuvers. [...]
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European foreign ministers attacked President Donald Trump's decision to pull his administration's backing for the Iranian nuclear agreement, calling the move a serious mistake that could lead to a military confrontation with Tehran. [...]
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Iraqi forces took over a military base, airport and energy installations near the city of Kirkuk, pushing out Kurdish fighters as risks mount of a bigger conflict between two of the U.S.'s closest allies in the war against Islamic State. [...]
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The Syrian city of Qamishli has spent the war under parallel Syrian and Kurdish administrations—two authorities, two legal systems—but after gains by Damascus, Kurds believe the day is near when the regime will try to retake the entire city. [...]
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Catalonia's leader didn't clarify whether he declared the region independent from Spain last week, maintaining the separatists' defiance of Madrid and raising the possibility of a reprisal from the central government. [...]
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The two remaining leaders of a siege in the southern Philippines—including top terror suspect Isnilon Hapilon—have been killed in the battle to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamic State-linked militants, officials said. [...]
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U.S. officials defended President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, saying the country threatens global stability even while technically complying with the accord itself. [...]
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Iraqi forces clashed with fighters from the Kurdish semiautonomous region near the oil-rich province of Kirkuk early Monday, raising the stakes in a standoff over Kurdish independence, Iraqi and Kurdish officials said. [...]
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Donald Trump's presidency has so far been largely good for big business and investors, but the risk of a serious jolt now looms: the potential end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has governed continental commerce for a quarter-century. [...]
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Leaders of the world's largest central banks indicated that weak inflation in advanced economies could prolong the postcrisis era of easy-money policies. [...]
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The death toll from twin bombings in Somalia's capital Mogadishu climbed above 200 over the weekend, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the country since an Islamist insurgency started a decade ago. [...]
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The couple rescued by Pakistani military forces is moving to rebuild their life in a small Canadian town after five years in captivity in which they say an infant daughter was killed and her mother raped. [...]
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The eurozone is enjoying a stronger than expected recovery, and needs to seize the moment to tackle its vulnerabilities in order to increase the currency bloc's resilience to future shocks. [...]
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party lost in state elections Sunday, according to initial results, weakening her position ahead of this week's coalition-building talks. [...]
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Immigration has slowed in Germany, but the lingering effects of more than 1 million refugees is putting communities under stress, pressuring local coffers and feeding concerns about safety, jobs and the quality of education. [...]
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The U.S. and South Korea are readying for a new joint military exercise, the type of drill that in the past has prompted Pyongyang to respond with missile tests. [...]
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