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Russia reset redux? Trump tries where predecessors failed

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a familiar refrain: A new American president seeks improved relations with Russia. And like his predecessors, Donald Trump is running into a thicket of obstacles, new and old, to even maintaining a functioning relationship with ...

US hit IS with largest non-nuclear bomb ever used

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials ...

UN votes to end to Haiti peacekeeping mission in mid-October

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to end the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October after 13 years, sending a strong signal that the international community believes the impoverished Caribbean nation is ...

Russia accuses US of unlawful Syria raid as Tillerson visits

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat accused the United States on Wednesday of carrying out an unlawful attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces as he opened a fraught meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Giving ...

In surprise move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to run for president

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the ...

UN child sex ring left victims but no arrests

By PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together ...

Police investigating ‘in all directions’ in Dortmund blasts

By MIKE CORDER and MARK CARLSON, Associated Press DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — German authorities said Wednesday they are investigating "in all directions" after three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund's team bus ahead of a Champions League quarterfinal match, injuring one of the soccer ...

Xi stresses China’s North Korea concerns in talk with Trump

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call ...

Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout

By JACK GILLUM, CHAD DAY and JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Last August, a handwritten ledger surfaced in Ukraine with dollar amounts and dates next to the name of Paul Manafort, who was then Donald Trump's campaign chairman. Ukrainian investigators called it evidence of ...

US, Russia jab over Syria before diplomatic talks in Moscow

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with an ultimatum for Russia: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. It wasn't ...

G-7 ministers appeal to Russia on Syria but reject sanctions

By JILL LAWLESS and COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press LUCCA, Italy (AP) — The Group of Seven industrialized nations on Tuesday urged Russia to pressure the Syrian government to end the six-year civil war, but rejected a British call to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its support of ...

US Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded that Russia knew ahead of time that Syria would launch a chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official says. The official offered circumstantial elements to back up his ...

US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA ...

North Korea’s parliament meets, with Kim Jong Un at center

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's parliament has convened, with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, taking the center seat. The Supreme People's Assembly normally meets once or twice a year at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in central Pyongyang. The parliament consists of approximately ...

Israel shuts Egypt border crossing following terror warning

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt Monday following a warning by its anti-terrorism office and intelligence reports of an "imminent" militant attack there. The closure comes hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when ...

Sweden mourns 4 killed, 15 wounded in Stockholm truck attack

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedes have observed a minute of silence to honor the four people killed and 15 wounded in a truck attack on shoppers in Stockholm. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who declared Monday an official day of mourning, told a crowd outside Stockholm City Hall that "we will never ...

Poland marks anniversary of president’s death in plane crash

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — With wreath-laying ceremonies and prayers, Poland on Monday observed the seventh anniversary of a plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others. Poland's current Law and Justice ruling party is ...

Egypt’s Christians bury dead after IS church bombings

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Christians are burying their dead a day after at least 44 people were killed in twin suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services in two separate cities. Women wailed as caskets marked with the word "martyr" were brought into the Mar Amina church in the coastal city of ...

G-7 ministers aim to press Russia to stop backing Assad

LUCCA, Italy (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering Monday for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar ...

South African president holds firm despite challenges

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president is proceeding with official business despite calls for his resignation, attending a commemoration of an anti-apartheid leader who was assassinated in 1993. Some supporters at the ceremony on Monday chanted the name of President Jacob Zuma, who has ...