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US greets talk of NK nuke concessions with hope, skepticism

By ROBERT BURNS and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greeted North Korea's reported willingness to negotiate away its atomic weapons with both hope and skepticism Tuesday, insisting a potential diplomatic breakthrough be tested against the North's long ...

Russian plane crash in Syria kills 39 servicemen

By ZEINA KARAM and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military quickly insisted the plane was not shot ...

EU criticizes ‘aggressive’ tax practices of 7 member states

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has criticized seven member states for "aggressive" tax practices, whereby governments try to undercut others to attract multinational companies. The European Union's executive branch said Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the ...

Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn't get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. ...

Seoul: Koreas agree to hold summit talks at border in April

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a landmark summit meeting with South Korea's president next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the United States, a senior South Korean official said ...

UK counterterror help inquiry after ex-Russian spy collapses

By MARTIN BENEDYK and KATE DePURY, Associated Press SALISBURY, England (AP) — British counterterror specialists offered expertise to police in southern England on Tuesday as they sought to unravel the mystery of why a former Russian spy collapsed and became critically ill following exposure ...

Violence halts rare aid delivery to Syria’s eastern Ghouta

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The first aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area while aid workers were still inside, a local council said Tuesday, amid a renewed escalation in ...

US aides: Venezuela opens backchannel over jailed American

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed a visit by a top-ranking Republican congressional staffer last month to discuss the possible release of a Utah man jailed for more than 20 months in this volatile South American nation, ...

China cites support for ending presidential term limits

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's ceremonial legislature said Tuesday that a broad consensus has been reached on amendments to the constitution, including one to abolish term limits that will allow Xi Jinping to continue as president indefinitely. Critics have ...

US, Afghan leaders agree on peace push, Taliban doesn’t

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite U.S. support, the Afghan government's surprising new peace offer to the Taliban is immediately running into a wall. The insurgents show no sign of shifting from their demand that talks for a conflict-ending compromise take ...

Merkel set for 4th term after Social Democrats OK coalition

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel cleared the last major hurdle on her path to a fourth term Sunday, after members of the center-left Social Democrats voted in favor of continuing their governing coalition with her conservative bloc. The ...

High-level Seoul officials to head to North Korea for talks

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president will send a delegation led by his national security director to North Korea this week for talks on how to ease nuclear tensions and help arrange the restart of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, ...

As Italy votes, Europe fears populist, euroskeptic gains

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Italians voted Sunday in one of the most uncertain elections in years and one that could determine if Italy will succumb to the populist, euroskeptic and far-right sentiment that has swept through Europe. The campaign was marked by the ...

China’s Xi poised to make historic grab at indefinite rule

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping is poised to make a historic power grab as China's legislators gather beginning Monday to approve changes that will let him rule indefinitely and undo decades of efforts to prevent a return to crushing dictatorship. This ...

World leaders push back against Trump’s trade war threat

By KEN THOMAS and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday insisted "trade wars are good, and easy to win," a bold claim that prompted threats of retaliation against U.S. exports like blue jeans and motorcycles. "Make no mistake: If the president ...

China weighs whether to retaliate over Trump’s tariff hikes

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China had no immediate reaction Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum, which he followed up by insisting that trade wars "are good, and easy to win." Chinese leaders have threatened in the ...

US makes Cuba staffing cuts permanent after ‘health attacks’

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing mysterious "health attacks" in Havana, the United States said Friday it was making permanent its withdrawal of 60 percent of its diplomats from Cuba as investigations continue. Last October, the State Department ...

A new “Kraken” arises? Russians eager to name doomsday arms

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — In just one day, the suggestions have been pouring in: "Kraken" for a new underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a powerful nuclear explosion. "Balalaika" for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling ...

Bank of England chief slams cryptocurrencies; urges action

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on Friday launched a withering attack on cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and urged regulators around the world to monitor them in the same way as other financial assets. In a speech to the Scottish Economics ...

No civilians leave Syria’s Ghouta; Putin blames rebels

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Russia-ordered brief humanitarian pause was in effect for a second day Wednesday in rebel-held Damascus suburbs but no civilians used the corridor manned by Syrian and Russian forces to leave the enclave. Government forces, meanwhile, ...