International News

What China, North Korea are looking to achieve with summit

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi ...

Ex-rival backs Boris Johnson in UK leadership race

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A former candidate to lead Britain's Conservative Party threw her support behind front-runner Boris Johnson on Tuesday, bolstering his lead as lawmakers prepared to eliminate at least one contender from the race to become prime ...

Hong Kong leader: Extradition bill unlikely to be revived

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader apologized Tuesday for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated it will not be revived during the current legislative session. But Chief Executive Carrie Lam did not formally ...

Test of resolve, credibility in US-Iran nuclear deal fallout

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of resolve and credibility for the United States and Iran, the two adversaries have taken steps sure to further inflame tensions in the Mideast and draw them closer to a flashpoint. Iran announced it was breaking compliance ...

Porous border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press MPONDWE, Uganda (AP) — Several well-trodden paths crisscross this lush area where people walk between Congo and Uganda to visit nearby family and friends and go to the busy markets. The problem is that the pedestrians may unknowingly be carrying the ...

South of D-Day beaches, another slaughter is remembered

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press CHAMBOIS, France (AP) — In the spring that followed the terrible battle, the grass grew especially thick and green, fertilized by thousands of corpses that had been plowed into mass graves. It's hard now — nearly 75 years later, overlooking wheat fields ...

Trump eases up, makes nice with May before she steps down

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, KEVIN FREKING and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Making nice at the end, President Donald Trump eased up Tuesday on his frequent criticisms of outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May over her handling of the tortured Brexit deal, declaring that history ...

World Bank downgrades its forecast for global economy

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank on Tuesday downgraded its forecast for the global economy in light of trade conflicts, financial strains and unexpectedly sharp slowdowns in wealthier countries. The bank, an anti-poverty agency, expects the world economy ...

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

By MATTHEW LEE and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island's communist ...

Trump says GOP would be ‘foolish’ to block Mexico tariffs

By LISA MASCARO, LUIS ALONSO LUGO and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that fellow Republicans would be "foolish" to block the tariffs he's threatening on Mexican imports, but GOP senators fearing a new trade war were ...

In the eye of the storm, Baghdad’s Green Zone remains sealed

By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the banks of the Tigris River was known as "Little America" following the 2003 ...

Pompeo: Humanitarian aid plan for Iran “unproblematic”

By DAVID RISING Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Washington will not stand in the way of a system that Europeans are developing to shield companies dealing with Iran from American sanctions, so long as the focus is on providing humanitarian ...

Protesters in Iran, Iraq burn Israel, US flags on ‘Quds Day’

By AMIR VAHDAT Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of U.S. President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies Friday marking Quds, or Jerusalem Day. The annual ...

Honduras president, others targets of DEA investigation

By CLAUDIA TORRENS and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. federal court documents show Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and some of his closest advisers were among the targets of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. A document filed by ...

21 people still missing from sunken tour boat in Hungary

By PABLO GORONDI and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rescue crews were gearing up Thursday to raise a sightseeing boat from the bottom of the Danube River in the heart of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, as search teams scoured the waters for 21 people still missing ...

Arab leaders meet in Mecca to unify ranks amid Iran tensions

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab heads of state gathered Thursday evening for the start of a trio of high-level summits in Islam's holiest city of Mecca as Saudi Arabia attempts to present a unified regional stance in response to a spike in tensions with its ...

Netanyahu’s future clouded by rivalry with former ally

By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's complicated relationship with an angry former protege has sent Israeli politics into uncharted waters. By triggering an early election, Avigdor Lieberman has raised questions about the political future ...

WikiLeaks says Assange is ill; he misses brief court hearing

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed a court session Thursday, apparently due to health problems. He had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Lawyer Gareth ...

AP: Purdue foreign arm caught up in opioid probe in Europe

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press PARMA, Italy (AP) — The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria. They heard him boast about his power to help Big ...

Ethiopian pilot pleaded for training weeks before Max crash

By BERNARD CONDON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press show an Ethiopian Airlines pilot pleaded with his bosses for more training on the Boeing 737 Max just weeks before one of the airline's jets crashed. Veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin ...