International News

Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with NKorea

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass ...

Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen’s coast

By ABDEL-KARIM AL-AYYASHI and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press HODEIDA, Yemen (AP) — The boat packed with dozens of Somali refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when a military vessel and a helicopter gunship swooped in, opening fire in the dead of night Friday, killing ...

Tillerson says NKorea ‘need not fear’ United States

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States. Tillerson made that declaration after meeting ...

US to confront trade partners at global finance meeting

By DAVID McHUGH and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Business Writers FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough on trade partners like China, Mexico and Germany. Now his Treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin, will get his first opportunity to confront them all in one ...

Netanyahu vows new settlement ahead of meeting with US envoy

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to keep his promise to build Israel's first new West Bank settlement in two decades — even as Netanyahu and President Trump's envoy continue discussions on future settlement building. Netanyahu will meet with Trump envoy ...

Kenya gov’t abusing rights to privacy in counter-terrorism

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An international human rights organization says Kenya's security agencies are violating privacy rights in counter-terrorism operations. London-based Privacy International says in a report the information gathered by security agencies from phone intercepts and records ...

Yahoo breach spotlights links between Russian spies, hackers

By HOWARD AMOS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S. indictment of two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers alleged to have stolen more than half a billion U.S. email accounts in 2014 has cast a spotlight on the intertwining of the Russian security services and the murky digital ...

UK grants 1st license to make babies using DNA from 3 people

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Newcastle University says its scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people, the first time such approval has been granted. The license was granted by the country's fertility regulator on Thursday, according to the university. In ...

Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia’s coast, officials say

By ABDI GULED and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Somali officials and piracy experts said Tuesday, the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012. The ...

Thai customs seizes 21 rhino horns worth $5 million

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 21 unusually large rhinoceros horns worth almost $5 million that were smuggled from Ethiopia. The bags carrying the horns were discovered last Friday in a random customs search at Bangkok's main airport, the Thai Customs ...

Death toll reaches 72 in Ethiopia landfill collapse

By ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The death toll has risen to 72 after Saturday's collapse of a mountain of garbage in a landfill outside Ethiopia's capital, state broadcaster EBC reported Tuesday. Many victims were women and children as makeshift homes inside ...

German authorities ban Islamic extremist group

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in northern Germany have banned an organization that they say was a "hot spot" for Islamic extremists and searched a mosque that the group runs. The state interior ministry in Lower Saxony on Tuesday announced a ban on the "German-speaking Islam Group Hildesheim," ...

Ireland searches for 3 missing crew after helicopter crashes

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland has mounted a major search off the County Mayo coast after a sea rescue helicopter with four crew members crashed overnight in the Irish Sea. Coast Guard director Eugene Clonan says one crew member has been found and is hospitalized in critical condition, while hopes ...

High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory

PARIS (AP) — The EU's Court of Justice says that banning Muslim headscarves in the workplace does not constitute "direct discrimination." The decision on Tuesday applies to private businesses, but clarifies a long-standing question about whether partial bans by some countries on religious ...

UNICEF says 2016 was worst year yet for Syria’s children

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday. There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks ...

Merkel and Trump: Opposing styles with common interests

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington on Monday ahead of her first meeting with President Donald Trump. The encounter between the trained physicist and veteran politician, renowned for her measured comments and reserved style, and ...

Turkey formally protests minister’s treatment in Netherlands

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned a Dutch diplomat to formally protest the treatment of a Turkish minister in the Netherlands over the weekend, and what it said was a "disproportionate" use of force against demonstrators in ...

Hungary’s president re-elected for 5-year term

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president has been re-elected by lawmakers for a five-year term in the second round of voting in parliament. Janos Ader, nominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's governing Fidesz party, on Monday defeated Laszlo ...

Report: Park’s advisers offer to resign after her ouster

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The senior advisers to ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye offered to resign on Monday, news reports said, three days after the country's Constitutional Court formally ended her rule over a corruption scandal. Park, whose ...

Dutch PM Rutte seeks to de-escalate tensions with Turkey

By MIKE CORDER and RAF CASERT, Associated Press ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — After an unprecedented diplomatic fight between the Netherlands and Turkey, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Sunday he would seek to control the damage caused by the weekend incidents when he prevented two ...