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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 ...

Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much "fire and fury" and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ...

China’s Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Reporter BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — China's Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung. Huawei revealed its Mate X phone on ...

Clean up begins on Venezuela-Colombia border after unrest

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan migrants on Sunday helped clean debris from a bridge where troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro a day earlier fired tear gas on activists trying to deliver humanitarian aid in violent clashes ...

Prince Harry, Meghan back education for girls in Morocco

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press ASNI, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, flew up to a village in Morocco's rugged Atlas Mountains on Sunday to visit a school and encourage girls to pursue an education no matter what the obstacles. Harry and the pregnant ...

Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with "the wrath of God" felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this ...

Israel-Central Europe summit canceled

By VANESSA GERA and ARON HELLER, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked ...

Netanyahu’s Nazi remark prompts Poland to nix Israel summit

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment about Poland and the Holocaust has overshadowed a summit of central European leaders this week in Israel and on Monday Poland pulled out of the gathering in protest. Poland's abrupt ...

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

By LORNE COOK and GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to ...

‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

By MAE ANDERSON and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules on Facebook to keep it from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news ...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by ...

Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A sensitive trial against a dozen Catalan separatist politicians and activists got underway Tuesday in Spain's Supreme Court amid protests by pro-independence supporters and a highly volatile political environment. The ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs ...

17 killed in fire at shoddy New Delhi hotel, 4 others hurt

By SHONAL GANGULY, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire engulfed a shoddily built budget hotel in central New Delhi early Tuesday, killing 17 people and injuring at least four others, including a woman from Myanmar who leaped from an upper floor to escape the flames, Indian authorities ...

US-led coalition hits mosque in Syria used by Islamic State

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says it has hit a mosque used by the Islamic State group as a command and control center in eastern Syria. The coalition said Tuesday it launched the strike in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting to drive the extremists ...

Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent ...

UK, EU leaders spar during ‘robust’ Brexit talks

By RAF CASERT and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sparred on Thursday during "robust" talks on the U.K.'s Brexit plans, and agreed to hold more negotiations until the end of the month — a ...