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  • UK media: May ‘humiliated’ after EU trashes her Brexit plan LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint was in tatters Friday, after the European Union rejected it at a summit in a move that the U.K. media branded a “humiliation.” European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, that parts of May’s plan simply “will not work,” while ...
  • EU, Britain on tightrope toward possible Brexit deal SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — The European Union and Britain are walking a diplomatic tightrope as they attempt to thrash out a divorce deal in time for Britain’s departure from the bloc next March. Arriving Thursday at a summit of EU leaders in the Austrian city of Salzburg, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte labeled the Brexit negotiations ...
  • China looks unlikely to give in after US tariff hike BEIJING (AP) — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over technology. Beijing promised to cut tariffs, open its auto industry and buy American exports. But none of that was what Trump wanted: An end to development policies Washington says are based on theft of know-how and might erode ...
  • Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main ...
  • Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria. The Russian military ...
  • Grand Theater: Has N. Korea’s Kim won a propaganda coup? SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he’s a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity ...
  • Opposition says it is better off after Syria deal in Idlib BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s opposition says it is better off in the wake of a Turkey-Russia deal on a demilitarized zone around Idlib province compared to periods following the defeat of rebels in other parts of the country. Opposition figures said Tuesday the deal will spare Idlib a government offensive, while a pro-government newspaper said state ...
  • US-China tariffs: What’s behind them, who stands to be hurt? WASHINGTON (AP) — By imposing tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, President Donald Trump has intensified his trade war with Beijing and triggered the likelihood of price increases for many American companies and consumers. Beijing has said it will swiftly retaliate against American exporters — a move that stands to hurt ...
  • Mattis condemns Russia for influence-peddling in Macedonia SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Macedonia on Monday, condemning Russian efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for the country to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is “no ...
  • New leak shows Julian Assange sought Russian visa in 2010 LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him ...
  • Spy poison case: Suspects say they were in UK as tourists MOSCOW (AP) — The two Russian men charged in Britain with poisoning a former Russian spy with a deadly nerve agent appeared on Kremlin-funded television on Thursday, denying their involvement in the attack and saying that their appearance in the English city of Salisbury was merely an “incredible, fatal coincidence.” Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov made ...
  • Activists: Turkey beefing up its troops in Syria’s Idlib BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria’s last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened Syrian government offensive. Hulusi Akar, the Turkish defense ...
  • Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — It’s hard not to see China wherever you look in Iran. From Chinese goods flooding markets to its business people eager for deals as Western business interests flee, Iran likely will further embrace Beijing as an alternative market for its crude oil and financial transactions amid uncertainty over the nuclear deal. That doesn’t ...
  • Analysis: Iran nuclear chief says atomic program strong TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s nuclear chief told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not. The remarks by Ali Akbar Salehi, who also serves as a vice president to Iran’s elected leader ...
  • Taliban attack Afghan security forces in north, killing 37 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents have launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north, killing at least 37, provincial officials said Monday. Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of the provincial council in Kunduz province, said that at least 13 security forces were killed in an attack on a checkpoint they were manning in ...
  • Iran summit holds key to looming battle in Syria’s Idlib TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet Friday in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria, with all eyes on a possible military offensive to retake the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. The summit between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may ...
  • Business: World shares mixed in face of possible US-China tariffs SINGAPORE (AP) — Global markets were mixed on Friday as traders mulled over the effects of possible U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods in a simmering trade dispute. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 added 0.1 percent to 5,250.38, while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares gave up 0.2 percent to ...
  • Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria BEIRUT (AP) — When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet Friday in Tehran, all eyes will be on their diplomacy reaching a last-minute deal to avert a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria’s crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold. The three leaders, whose nations are all under U.S. sanctions, have an interest in working together ...
  • Kim Jong Un demands goodwill measures as Koreas set summit SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed faith in an increasingly embattled President Donald Trump’s efforts to settle a nuclear impasse even as he signaled frustration at outside skepticism about his disarmament intentions and demanded that his “goodwill measures” be met in kind, South Korean officials said Thursday after traveling ...
  • US’s Pompeo arrives in Pakistan hoping to ‘reset’ relations ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday at a time when relations between the two countries have sunk to a new low. The United States last weekend canceled a $300 million Coalition Support Fund payment to Pakistan and on board the plane to Pakistan, Pompeo announced his appointment of ...
  • Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan ISLAMABAD (AP) — The founder of Afghanistan’s much-feared Haqqani network, a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani was 71. Haqqani died Monday inside Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahed told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The elderly founder of the outlawed Afghanistan-based organization, ...
  • Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive BEIRUT (AP) — A Syria war monitoring group says opposition fighters have blown up two bridges linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday the Turkey-backed rebels blew up the bridges as Syria and its ally Russia warn of a ...
  • No going home for many Hondurans deported back to brutality TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — They cannot go home again. For many Honduran deportees, home means a return to the brutality that sent them fleeing north in the first place. In the neighborhoods where they grew up, corpses are dumped unceremoniously at construction sites, and carted off in body bags like loads of potatoes. Heavily armed police patrol ...
  • Oil-rich South Sudan to resume production in war-hit region JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. South Sudan, with Africa’s third-largest oil reserves, will renew drilling in northern Unity State ...
  • In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel ISTANBUL (AP) — Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey’s president may be engaged in a balancing act, tactically turning to Russia as ties with the United States further deteriorate over the detention of an American pastor. President Donald Trump ...
Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, is stepping up protests at its border with Israel to signal frustration with stalled talks with its neighbor, prompting new deadly clashes with Israeli forces. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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A partner in Germany's governing coalition withdrew from a deal to transfer one of the country's top intelligence officials to another post, citing public outrage at the settlement. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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British Prime Minister Theresa May warned that Brexit talks had hit a deadlock and called on European leaders to present new proposals as negotiations between the two sides turn increasingly acrimonious. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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Turkey's economic crisis has heightened concerns in Egypt about whether the Arab world's largest country is positioned to withstand falling confidence in emerging markets world-wide. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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In the U.S.-China trade battle that's targeted everything from soybeans to SUVs, energy has gotten off somewhat easy. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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North and South Korea plan to scale down military forces along their border under an agreement that has fanned concerns about compromises to battle-readiness. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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Russia's oil minister flies to Algiers this weekend to meet with Saudi and OPEC counterparts—a gathering oil traders are watching closely and one that could help solidify Russia's new status as oil-market kingpin. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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Shiite veterans of the Syria war are ready to answer the call of community leaders to protect western Kabul's Dashte Barchi neighborhood, home to the largest concentration of the minority Shiite sect in Afghanistan. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration, has been placed under investigation for “serious violations of discipline and law.” [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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President Trump will address world leaders next Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly with a speech focused on “protecting U.S. sovereignty” and expanding relations with countries that share similar values, according to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
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South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon expressed optimism about signing a revised U.S. free-trade pact into law, though lawmakers in Seoul have threatened to block the deal if Washington imposes new tariffs on Korean autos and auto parts. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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President Trump on Thursday announced the names of the first two service members identified from the war remains which North Korea returned to the U.S. after a June summit meeting in Singapore. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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Consumers in Asia are leaving behind the local shops their families have used for generations and buying more gold bullion online. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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EU leaders rejected Britain's proposal for maintaining economic relations with the bloc post-Brexit, piling pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May as she's trying to put down a possible rebellion in her party. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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Terrorist groups operating in the last stronghold of opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are signalling reluctance to abide by an ambitious pact aimed at protecting millions of civilians. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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North Korea is open to allowing outside inspections of a nuclear-weapons testing site it closed in May, South Korea's leader said Thursday, just a day after the North agreed to open a missile site to inspectors. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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The European Union is exploring a landmark deal with Egypt it hopes could alleviate a refugee crisis that has upended politics on the continent, EU officials said. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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Riven by drugs, gangs, weak institutions and lawlessness, the region has become the most murderous on Earth. It accounts 8% of the world's population but a third of its murders, and is the only region where lethal violence has grown steadily since 2000. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed continued U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen over the objections of staff members after being warned that a cutoff could jeopardize $2 billion in weapons sales to America's Gulf allies. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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Growing numbers of destitute Venezuelans are risking their lives by taking illegal routes across Colombia's border in search of a better life. Police commanders say stopping the refugees is futile: ‘How are you going to control people when the issue is that they are hungry?' [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
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