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Anti-Qatar bloc meets US envoy, but no breakthrough in sight

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up talks with the king of Saudi Arabia and other officials from Arab countries lined up against Qatar on Wednesday with no sign of a breakthrough in an increasingly entrenched ...

Body of judge in unsolved boy’s death found with bag on head

PARIS (AP) — The body of a 65-year-old retired judge — the first to investigate the still-unsolved 1984 death of a four-year-old boy that transfixed France — has been found with a plastic bag over his head. It was the latest macabre development in the cold case that took off anew in ...

Iraqi leader congratulates troops in Mosul; fight goes on

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi troops Sunday in the streets of Mosul for driving Islamic State militants out of most of the city. But airstrikes and sniper fire continued amid the revelry, and ...

AP reporters on how North Korea, other nations view standoff

By The Associated Press One reason North Korea is the world's most dire nuclear hotspot is that among the most important players, even allies and semi-allies have different desires and priorities. An enemy to some, a bulwark to others, a frustration to all, with decades of unfinished business ...

Israeli list of unrecognized US rabbis points to rift

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Chief Rabbinate has compiled a list of overseas rabbis whose authority they refused to recognize when it comes to certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in Israel. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, ...

Syria ceasefire begins, Trump eyes cooperation with Russia

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump called for expanded cooperation with Russia on Sunday, as a cease-fire brokered by the two powers and Jordan for southern Syria came into effect. The cease-fire covering three war-torn provinces in southern Syria is the ...

Despite big offers, little has changed for baby Charlie Gard

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The president of the United States has offered to help a terminally ill British baby. The pope has asked for the rights of the parents to be respected on his care. More than 1.3 million pounds ($1.68 million) has been raised to help him travel ...

Trudeau: Trump, Brexit mean new chances for Canada, Ireland

LONDON (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country and Ireland should seize the opportunity to be open and progressive as their big neighbors, the U.S. and Britain, turn inward. Trudeau says Canada and Ireland should present themselves as "open to the world in a positive, ...

North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world's most dangerous nuclear standoff and, if ...

In Europe, Trump gets 2nd chance to make 1st impression

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will learn this week whether he gets a second chance to make a first impression as he returns to Europe and has his first encounter with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump's first visit to the continent in May stirred ...

China, Russia offer plan for easing North Korea tensions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and China on Tuesday proposed a plan for defusing tensions over North Korea, suggesting that Pyongyang declare a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests while the United States and South Korea refrain from large-scale military ...

US-backed forces breach wall around IS-held Raqqa in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed forces in Syria have breached the wall around Raqqa's Old City, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the weeks-old battle to drive Islamic State militants out of their self-declared capital. The U.S. ...

Trump ups trade tensions with SKorea in welcoming new leader

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and South Korea's new leader showed joint resolve on North Korea on Friday despite their divergent philosophies for addressing the nuclear threat, yet the U.S. opened up a new front of discord by demanding a ...

Canada PM meets aboriginal protesters ahead of Canada Day

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met with aboriginal activists who set up a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill ahead of Canada Day celebrations. The prime minister and his wife arrived at the site Friday as the national capital was abuzz with ...

Venezuela’s defiant chief prosecutor requests protection

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection Friday, days after the Supreme Court barred her from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts ...

UN: Reintegrating ex-fighters is first challenge in Colombia

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The most urgent challenge in Colombia following the handover of the last weapons by leftist rebels is to reintegrate the 10,000 former combatants into society, a process that will be difficult, the U.N. special representative in the ...

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

By KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. Fireworks, a gala variety show and Chinese military displays are among the official ...

Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing incident, which may ratchet up ...

As firms gauge cost, Ukraine says cyberattack under control

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer PARIS (AP) — The data-scrambling software epidemic that paralyzed computers globally is under control in Ukraine, where it likely originated, officials said Wednesday, as companies and governments around the world counted the cost of a crisis that ...

Mattis says Syria’s government taking US threat seriously

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Syria's government has taken seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no ...