International News

To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory in Syria, they have continued benefits like food and ...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn released after posting bail

By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Wearing a mask, cap and what looked like a construction worker's outfit, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, left a Tokyo detention center Wednesday after posting 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) bail. Although his face was ...

North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul's ...

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

By SHAMS SHAMIM and JULHAS ALAM Associated Press SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) — The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter's citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was ...

China says new law will bar demands for technology handover

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China will bar government authorities from demanding overseas companies hand over technology secrets in exchange for market share, a top economic official said Wednesday, addressing a key complaint at the heart of the China-U.S. trade ...

Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

By LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's plea to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union has gained support from outside his borders — and a good deal of skepticism from within. In a column published for Tuesday's ...

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

By MARIA CHENG Associated Press When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals. But in Sri Lanka, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a ...

China sets robust growth target to shore up cooling economy

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China announced a robust annual economic growth target and a 7.5 percent rise in military spending Tuesday as it convened an annual legislative session overshadowed by a tariff war with Washington. Seeking to defuse U.S. and European ...

Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

By KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S. allegations that its equipment poses a national security ...

FBI adds an anti-bribery squad focusing on South America

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to crack down on money laundering and bribes to overseas governments, the FBI is stepping up its efforts to root out foreign corruption with a new squad of agents based in Miami. The squad will focus its efforts ...

US says closing consulate in Jerusalem no policy shift

By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de ...

Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the ...

UK, EU to hold more Brexit talks as May woos opposition

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Senior European Union and British officials are set to hold more Brexit talks less than a month before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the bloc, as U.K. officials denied Monday that attempts to seal a divorce deal are ...

Hopes for missing Yazidis dim as Islamic State defeat looms

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — Baseh Hammo was 38 when she was enslaved by militants of the Islamic State group. Raped and abused, she was sold 17 times among members of the so-called "caliphate," and moved from city to city across a vast stretch of territory IS once ...

Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A year since effectively making himself China's leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, a trade war with the United States and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. As China's ...

Egypt railcar crash, fire at central Cairo station kills 25

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — A locomotive crashed into a barrier at Cairo's main train station at high speed on Wednesday, causing its fuel tank to explode and triggering a huge fire, leaving at least 25 people dead, officials said. Railway officials said the single ...

Trump, Kim open second nuclear summit with handshake, smiles

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, FOSTER KLUG and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, leaders of nations with a long history of hostilities, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles and friendly banter before sitting down ...

Australian Cardinal Pell to spend his first night in prison

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Victorian state ...

Nigeria’s president is re-elected, but challenger rejects it

By CARA ANNA and KHALED KAZZIHA, Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa's largest democracy early Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance to tackle gaping corruption, ...

Pakistan says 2 Indian warplanes downed, 2 pilots captured

By ROSHAN MUGHAL and AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured two pilots, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last ...