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China warns US trade deals are off if tariffs go ahead

By JOE McDONALD and PAUL WISEMAN, AP Business Writers BEIJING (AP) — China said Sunday it wouldn't step up its purchases of American products if President Donald Trump goes ahead with his threat to tax billions of dollars' worth of Chinese imports. White House advisers insisted on ...

A dream of uniting UK soccer fans swerves to the far right

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — John Meighan had a dream. A property manager and fan of the soccer team Tottenham Hotspur, he envisioned a group bringing together working-class people who felt excluded from political influence — to stand up in opposition, not to Muslims or ...

Preliminary results put right-wing party ahead in Slovenia

By ALI ZERDIN, Associated Press LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A right-wing opposition party led by a former Slovenian prime minister won the most votes in Slovenia's parliamentary election Sunday, but not enough to form a government on its own, according to preliminary results. The State ...

UK remembers London Bridge attack victims on 1st anniversary

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors, victims' families and emergency workers at a memorial service Sunday to mark a year since a deadly vehicle-and-knife attack brought terror to London Bridge on a warm Saturday night. Eight ...

At least 46 migrants drown off Tunisia; 9 killed off Turkey

MADRID (AP) — A boat carrying migrants toward Europe sank off the coast of Tunisia and at least 46 people drowned, though dozens more could be missing, the North African nation's defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry said 68 people were rescued overnight after the boat sank in the ...

Belgium shooting rampage was terrorist act, prosecutors say

By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The man who killed three people during a knife and shooting rampage through the Belgian city of Liege carried out an act of "terrorist murder," prosecutors said Wednesday, as authorities tried to establish whether he acted ...

Gaza’s Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to end the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, said Egyptian mediators ...

Afghan officials say attack on ministry was repelled

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck outside the Afghan Interior Ministry on Wednesday, allowing several gunmen to pass through an outer gate where they traded fire with security forces, who eventually killed the attackers, officials said. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, ...

Top North Korean official heads to US for pre-summit talks

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A top North Korean official headed to New York on Wednesday for talks aimed at salvaging a summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on the future of Kim's nuclear program, in the North's highest-level ...

Ahead of summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump has lots of options

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — When President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore next month, assuming they can stay on track long enough to make it happen, they will have two very different agendas. Washington has set the bar for the summit ...

Russia critic Browder briefly detained in Spain

ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A prominent critic of the Kremlin says Russia is abusing an Interpol system of warrants that caused him to be briefly detained in Spain on Wednesday. William Browder, a U.S-born investor based in London, said he was in the Spanish capital to share ...

Economist to lead Italy to new election amid political drama

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Amid growing political turmoil, economist Carlo Cottarelli was tapped on Monday to lead Italy to early elections, possibly as soon as after the summer, after populist parties failed to convince the president their Cabinet picks wouldn't ...

Portugal considers allowing euthanasia, assisted suicide

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage in recent times, Portuguese lawmakers will decide Tuesday on another issue that has brought a confrontation between faith and politics in this predominantly Catholic country: whether to ...

US team in NKorea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit

By CATHERINE LUCEY, MATTHEW LEE, HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press A U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to President Donald Trump, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place. Both the State ...

Colombia set for combative runoff with divisions over peace

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's presidential election is heading into a divisive runoff between two ideological opposites as the conservative first-place finisher in Sunday's voting took a hard line against the country's peace deal ...

Ex-IMF official tapped to head Italy firmly backs euro

BY COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — The man tapped to head a neutral government in Italy after two populists failed in their bid is a former official at the International Monetary Fund who is a firm believer in the euro and in the necessity of Italy cutting its stubbornly ...

China approves 13 new Ivanka Trump trademarks in 3 months

By ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Ivanka Trump's brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found. On Sunday, China granted the first daughter's company ...

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children were present for family parties at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said. Police said Friday two suspects ...

Referendum in Ireland could lift strict ban on abortion

By GREGORY KATZ and RENATA BRITO, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country's strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic country that has seen a wave of ...

Cyclone Mekunu to be ‘extremely severe’ on landfall in Oman

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu neared the Arabian Peninsula on Friday as its outer bands dumped heavy rain and bent palm trees in Oman, a sign of the approaching storm's power after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. Already at least 40 ...