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  • Analysis: After Trump pullout, NKorea changes tune on summit A protester wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump, center, performs with cut-out photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, during a rally against the United States’ policies against North Korea near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 25, 2018. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Singapore caught a lot of people off guard, including, it appears, Kim Jong Un.Every indication is that Pyongyang still wants to make the meeting happen. And as soon as possible. The signs read ” Apology.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Singapore caught a lot of people off guard, including, it appears, Kim Jong Un. Every indication is that Pyongyang still wants to make the meeting happen. And as soon as possible. Pyongyang made ...
  • Dealmaker Trump takes page from own playbook and walks away FILE - This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to finalize details of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un may be the deal that got away. Trump and his team weathered insults, tolerated unanswered phone calls and waited hours for negotiating partners who never showed up as they sought to keep the planned Singapore summit with Kim on track. With prospects dimming and aides increasingly skeptical, ...
  • Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision Father McDonagh casts his ballot for the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, in Mayo, Ireland, Friday May 25, 2018. The referendum on whether to repeal the country’s strict anti-abortion law is being seen by anti-abortion activists as a last-ditch stand against what they view as a European norm of abortion-on-demand, while for pro-abortion rights advocates, it is a fundamental moment for declaring an Irish woman’s right to choose. DUBLIN (AP) — Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions. The referendum Friday will decide whether the eighth amendment of the constitution is repealed, which would open the way for more liberal legislation. The amendment, in place since 1983, requires ...
  • Explosion in Canadian restaurant wounds 15 people Police stand outside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Canada Friday, May 25, 2018. Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded a number of people. (Doug Ives/The Canadian TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by an “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said. Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the ...
  • North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts FILE - This May 7, 2018, satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe shows the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Korea. North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists. The demolition happened Thursday at the site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast. The planned closing was previously announced by leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month. (Satellite Image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via A, File) PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea (AP) — North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday, setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists. The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were centered on ...
  • Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17 FILE - In this July 17, 2014. file photo, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. An international team of investigators says that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit. Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National Police said Thursday, May 24, 2018 that the missile was from the Russian military’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File) BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — Detailed analysis of video and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday. It is the clearest link yet published by the team of the ...
  • US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said “there’s a very substantial chance” it won’t happen as scheduled. South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Trump Tuesday of the sky-high stakes, saying, “The fate and ...
  • Teen to face murder charge as adult in officer’s slaying Officer_Shot_Maryland_49649-780x520 PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been charged in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer, and three other suspects are still being sought, authorities said Tuesday. Scott Shellenberger, the state’s attorney for Baltimore County, told The Associated Press that the teen has been charged with murder as an adult. “And police ...
  • As summit looms, North Korean media return to angry tone U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, lands at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The United States has flown a pair of supersonic bombers over ally South Korea for the second time in as many weeks in a show of force following North Korea's latest nuclear test earlier this month. (Seo Myung-gon/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT TOKYO (AP) — North Korean media stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning Tuesday that a budding detente could be in danger. State media unleashed three strongly worded commentaries slamming Seoul and Washington for the maneuvers and demanding Seoul take action against defectors it claimed were ...
  • Palestinians ask ICC for ‘immediate’ probe against Israel Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza’s border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli “crimes” committed against the Palestinian people. The step was sure to worsen the already troubled relations between the internationally backed Palestinian Authority and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Peace talks have ...
  • In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance FILE - This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to finalize details of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File) TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. Expect good imagery, but not much else. The ...
  • US references to Libya model ahead of Kim Summit confuse FILE - This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to finalize details of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File) TOKYO (AP) — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have one big thing in common as they prepare for what would be the first ever U.S.-North Korea summit next month in Singapore: They both claim to deserve total credit. In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting ...
  • Mideast conflicts connected by vying powerbrokers FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria. The modern Middle East has been plagued by ruinous wars: country versus country, civil wars with internecine and sectarian bloodletting, and numerous eruptions centered in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But never in the last 70 years have they seemed as interconnected as now with Iran and Saudi Arabia vying for regional control, while Israel also seeks to maintain a military supremacy of its own.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) (PhatzNewsRoom / AP)    —   The modern Middle East has been plagued by ruinous wars: country versus country, civil wars with internecine and sectarian bloodletting, and numerous eruptions centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But never in the last 70 years have they seemed as interconnected as now with Iran and Saudi Arabia vying for regional control, while ...
  • Analysis: Ahead of summit, Pyongyang lobs barbs at Bolton FILE - In this April 9, 2018, file photo, National Security Adviser John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. After announcing early Wednesday that it was pulling out of high-level talks with Seoul because of a new round of U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the North took aim at Bolton and said it might have to reconsider whether to proceed with the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because it doubts how seriously Washington actually wants peaceful dialogue. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has a message for President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s summit: Don’t listen to your new hard-line national security adviser, John Bolton. After announcing early Wednesday that it was pulling out of high-level talks with Seoul because of a new round of U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the North took aim ...
  • North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over drills A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane prepares to land as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals. (Kwon Joon-woo/Yonhap via AP) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it has no interest in a “one-sided” affair meant to pressure Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. The warning by North Korea’s first vice foreign minister came ...
  • Gulf Arab states rebuke Israel, but alliances inch closer FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017 file photo, an interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain attend Hannukah candle lighting in Jerusalem. Arab states resoundingly condemned the killing of more than 50 Palestinians on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Gaza protests, just as they have after previous Israeli violence going back decades. But behind the scenes, fears over Iran have divided Arab leaders, with some willing to quietly reach out to Israel. Trump administration officials say a shift in alliances is already underway. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Arab states resoundingly condemned the killing of more than 50 Palestinians in this week’s Gaza protests, just as they have after previous Israeli violence going back decades — but behind the scenes fears over Iran have divided Arab leaders, with some willing to quietly reach out to Israel. Saudi Arabia, ...
  • Analysis: Gaza bloodshed spurs global worry about US Mideast policies Israeli Arab Knesset members and left wing activists participate in protest against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, during the embassy’s official inauguration ceremony, Monday, May 14, 2018. Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Donald Trump’s top aides and supporters on Monday celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s prospects for brokering the Mideast peace “deal of the century” plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies are tipping the broader Middle East into deeper, intractable conflict. At the same time, Trump is winning international ...
  • Palestinians bury dead after bloodiest Gaza day since 2014 Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza’s border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Adel GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians observed a strike Tuesday to mourn dozens killed by Israeli troops in a mass protest on the Gaza border — the single deadliest day there since a 2014 war and part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade. In Monday’s protest, Israeli ...
  • Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after US pullout FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016 file-pool photo, Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal. The Iran nuclear accord is fragile at its one-year anniversary. Upcoming elections in the U.S. and Iran could yield new leaders determined to derail the deal. The Mideast’s wars pit U.S. and Iranian proxies in conflict, with risks of escalation. Iran's ballistic missiles are threatening American allies in the Arab world and Israel, raising pressure on the United States to respond with force. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP, File) BRUSSELS (AP) — Major European powers sought Tuesday to keep Iran in a landmark international nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Foreign ministers from Britain, France and Germany — signatories of the 2015 deal to stop Iran developing nuclear ...
  • European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, IS U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on has told NATO ministers that the alliance is "a fundamental bedrock for the United States" while at the same time demanding an increased financial commitment from the 27 other alliance members. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) BERLIN (AP) — European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage. The heads of Britain and Germany’s domestic intelligence agencies, as well as the European Union and NATO’s top security officials, pinpointed Moscow as the prime source of hybrid threats to ...
  • Trump offers US aid to penalized Chinese telecom company FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012, file photo, a salesperson stands at counters selling mobile phones produced by ZTE Corp. at an appliance store in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. President Donald Trump said Sunday, May 13, 2018, that he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get “back into business,” saying too many jobs in China are stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers. At issue is the Commerce Department’s move last month to block the ZTE Corp., a major supplier of telecoms networks and smartphones based in southern China, from importing American components for seven years. (Chinatopix Via AP, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising overture to China, President Donald Trump says he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get “back into business,” saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers. The U.S. Commerce Department last month blocked the ZTE Corp., a major ...
  • Pompeo: NKorea needs US security assurances for nuke pact © Al Drago/The New York Times Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, center, at the Capitol to brief members of the House Intelligence Committee last month. WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is offering assurances to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as it seeks to put in motion the potential for a sweeping nuclear deal ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with the North Korean leader. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will need to “provide security assurances” to ...
  • Deadly Gaza protests cloud US Embassy opening in Jerusalem Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza’s border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli fire killed at least 18 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday, in a violent burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. It was the deadliest single day of protests since the Palestinians began ...
  • Analysis: Trump’s move likely to worsen Mideast proxy battles Iran Sactions BEIRUT (AP) — There may not be much Iran can do about President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, but across the Middle East, it has a variety of ways it can hit back at the United States and America’s regional allies. Iran has expanded its influence far beyond its borders in recent years, sponsoring ...
  • Trump’s instinct in Korea crisis and elsewhere is ‘go big’ FILE - This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to finalize details of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The way President Donald Trump sees it, why go for a solid single when you can swing for a home run? Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is only the latest example of the president’s go-big strategy. From tax reform to international trade to foreign policy, Trump has pursued a ...
Spain's main opposition party called a parliamentary vote in an effort to oust Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, after a court ruled that the premier's party benefited financially from an illegal kickback scheme. [...]
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Three years after Europe's migration crisis, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has a simple recipe for embattled mainstream politicians who want to stem rising antiestablishment groups: Move to the right on migration. [...]
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The environmental damage around the site of two Shell oil spills in Nigeria a decade ago has worsened significantly after years of delay to cleanup efforts, according to a report the oil giant has been accused of trying to shield from public view. [...]
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President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his planned summit with Kim Jong Un shifts the U.S. approach to North Korea away from a monthslong rapprochement and back to a campaign of military and economic pressure. [...]
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The top two candidates in Sunday's presidential election offer Colombians a stark choice: a law-and-order conservative versus a former guerrilla and admirer of the late Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chávez. [...]
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Fifteen people were injured, three critically, after a bomb was detonated in an Indian restaurant near Toronto, local emergency services said. [...]
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Indonesia's parliament overwhelmingly passed a tougher antiterror law, giving police new powers to detain suspects following the worst terrorist attacks in the Southeast Asian country in over a decade. [...]
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Irish voters are deciding whether to remove a ban on abortion from the country's constitution, a sweeping change that would further dilute church influence in a country steadily moving away from its Catholic roots. [...]
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President Nicolás Maduro, fresh off his victory in an election derided as farce by the U.S. and other countries, moved up his inauguration by eight months and was sworn in Thursday for a second, six-year term. [...]
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The British government has a plan to avoid a disruptive Brexit and solve related problems regarding Ireland's internal border, and European Union officials say the plan would be hard to refuse. The hitch: London is split on the plan. [...]
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The Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on nine individuals and firms accused of procuring jet engines and airplane parts for Iranian airlines previously blacklisted for their support of U.S.-designated terror groups. [...]
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A top Spanish court sentenced the former treasurer of the country's ruling party to jail for his role in a kickback scheme and fined the party, a milestone in a long-running corruption saga that deals a blow to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's already unsteady hold on power. [...]
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The European Union settled its multiyear antitrust case against Gazprom, clinching promises of cheaper natural-gas flows from Russia as President Trump demands the bloc taps U.S. energy exports and cuts its dependence on Moscow. [...]
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Brazil's nationwide trucking strike entered its fourth day Thursday, disrupting the country's already-weak economy and delivering a blow to oil giant Petrobras as drivers demand lower diesel-fuel prices. [...]
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Taiwan lost its second diplomatic partner in less than a month as the West African state of Burkina Faso severed relations amid a Chinese campaign to suppress international recognition of the self-ruled island. [...]
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When reporter Anatoly Kurmanaev started covering the country five years ago, the petrodollar-fueled party was still raging, but the greed and incompetence of the ruling party soon began to take their devastating toll [...]
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President Donald Trump says he has canceled the planned June 12 summit with North Korea, citing the anger and open hostility' in a recent North Korean statement. [...]
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The U.S. push to impose tariffs on auto imports has put close U.S. allies in the crosshairs of a global trade row that is creating uncertainty among auto makers, investors and governments. [...]
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A top Greek court granted asylum to a Turkish soldier Ankara accuses of involvement in the country's 2016 coup attempt, inflaming tensions between NATO allies that are already at their highest levels in decades. [...]
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Malaysia's new government faces an awkward problem: Having renewed the investigation into 1MDB, it must now decide how far it should pursue companies that played supporting roles in a massive financial swindle. [...]
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