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Trump forges ahead on Jerusalem-as-capital despite warnings

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump forged ahead Tuesday with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially ...

Two-day Gulf summit ends within hours amid Qatar crisis

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A planned two-day summit of Gulf Arab countries fell apart within hours of starting Tuesday over the ongoing boycott of Qatar, underscoring the difficulty of ending the crisis and suggesting that unifying the bloc of U.S. allies is ...

IOC: Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics — just not with their anthem playing or their nation's flag rising above them. The International Olympic Committee barred Russia and the its ...

Stealth jets, other aircraft fly in US, South Korean drills

By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most ...

Word cloud: The message in Pyongyang’s propaganda

By ERIC TALMADGE and PENNY YI WANG, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Kim. Nuclear. War. Nothing sums up the message embedded in North Korea's propaganda better than those three words. That's exactly what the world hears — and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used ...

Airstrikes pound Yemen’s capital as Saudis back ex-president

By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led fighter jets pounded Yemen's capital on Monday as the coalition threw its support behind a former president who was once allied with the country's Houthi rebels but is now battling them for control of the ...

Theresa May makes diplomatic push to unlock Brexit talks

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a diplomatic blitz to Brussels, where she will meet top European Union officials Monday in an effort to reach a belated breakthrough in the negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc. May is to ...

UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt

By NARIMAN EL-MOFTY, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a lack of funding to address the ...

Mattis seeks more cooperation with Pakistan on terror fight

By LOLITA C. BALDOR and MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Pakistani leaders Monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after the insurgents moving ...

London mayor urges UK’s May to cancel Trump state visit

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The mayor of London on Thursday added his voice to mounting calls for President Donald Trump's state visit to the U.K. to be canceled over his retweets of a British far-right group. Sadiq Khan said Trump has promoted "a vile, extremist group" ...

Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take "decisive measures" to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what the United Nations has ...

US, China hold low-key military talks amid NKorea tensions

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea's most powerful missile test yet, focused on how the mighty American and Chinese militaries might communicate in a ...

What’s new, and what’s ahead, after North Korea’s ICBM test

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Experts may debate trajectories, payload weights and re-entry shields, but North Korea's claim that the entire United States is within range of its rapidly improving missiles just got a lot more credible. Wednesday's launch of what the North ...

UN war crimes convict claims to have taken poison in court

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The final hearing at a United Nations war crimes tribunal was dramatically halted Wednesday when a former Bosnian Croat military chief claimed to have taken poison. Slobodan Praljak yelled, "I am not a war criminal!" and ...

N. Korea fires ICBM it says is ‘significantly more’ powerful

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After 2 ½ months of relative quiet, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early Wednesday, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington ...

Bali airport reopens, but volcano still spewing ash

By STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) — The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Wednesday after an erupting volcano forced its closure two days ago, but the country's president said the danger had not passed and urged anyone within the mountain's ...

Bali volcano spits ash 2 ½ miles in the sky, airport closed

By FIRDIA LISNAWATI and MARGIE MASON, Associated Press KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano with a deadly history continued to erupt Tuesday on Bali, one of the world's most popular resort islands, spitting ash 4,000 meters (2 ½ miles) high and stranding tens of thousands of tourists for ...

Pope demands rights for all in Myanmar, omits ‘Rohingya’

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar's future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military ...

Ivanka Trump’s India visit raises questions about her brand

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Ivanka Trump is making a significant solo outing by headlining a business conference in India, but her trip highlights questions about whether her message of empowering poor women matches her actions. Trump landed Tuesday in the ...

Pope dives into Rohingya crisis upon arrival in Myanmar

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Pope Francis opened a diplomatically fraught trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh on Monday by immediately diving into the crisis over Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims: He met with the country's military chief, even before ...