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Global trade is at stake as Trump and Xi come face to face

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he was made for a moment like this: A high-stakes face-off. A ticking clock. A cagey adversary. The man who calls himself a supreme dealmaker will have the opportunity this week to put himself to ...

Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the ...

Russia blocks passage in Kerch Strait after Ukraine incident

By MATTHEW BODNER, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has blocked passage through the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water nestled between Crimea and the Russian mainland, after three Ukrainian navy ships made what the Russian coast guard has called an unauthorized crossing through ...

France to assess financial impact of clashes over fuel tax

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister has said he will meet with the country's employers' federation and retailers to assess the economic impact of violent clashes with police over fuel tax hikes. Police bulldozers and garbage trucks cleaned up rubble on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, a day ...

AP Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China's growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars' worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the ...

US man wrote ‘God sheltered me’ before trip turned deadly

By ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the ...

Saudi crown prince on 1st trip abroad since Khashoggi killed

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, on his first tour abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. The prince, who ...

4 killed in brazen attack at Chinese consulate in Pakistan

By ADIL JAWAD, Associated Press KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Armed separatists stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense hour-long shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were ...

Tijuana mayor declares “humanitarian crisis” over migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday that he has asked the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants who have arrived. Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said that the Mexican ...

Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Public Health Ministry ...

Smoke rises, sirens wail at Gaza’s deadly recurring protests

By TODD PITMAN, Associated Press MALAKA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Atalla Fayoumi hobbles on crutches across the sunbaked plain near Israel's perimeter fence in the Gaza Strip, gazing toward plumes of smoke that have begun rising from a clutch of burning tires in the distance. The 18-year-old ...

Kremlin foes fume over possible Russian Interpol president

By DANICA KIRKA and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Two prominent Kremlin critics warned Tuesday that electing a top Russian police official to be president of Interpol would undermine the international law enforcement agency and politicize police cooperation across ...

Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese university's plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population's tolerance for surveillance and raising the prospect that tactics used on Muslim ...

Tijuana protesters chant ‘Out!’ at migrants camped in city

By YESICA FISCH and AMY GUTHRIE, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of ...

Nissan chairman Ghosn to be dismissed for misconduct

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co.'s high-flying chairman Carlos Ghosn is to be dismissed after the company said an internal investigation found he under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other "significant misconduct." The Japanese ...

UK’s May confronts party rebels as EU prepares Brexit summit

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to seal business support for her Brexit deal with the European Union on Monday, but remained on a collision course with a group of lawmakers seeking to unseat her. The draft agreement ...

Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia

By AHMED AL-HAJ and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels said Monday that the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the first public sign of hope for the latest push ...

Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel avoided early elections after a key coalition partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government said on Monday that he would not withdraw his party, keeping the coalition intact despite a crisis triggered by a violent ...

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

By DEB RIECHMANN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish ...

Allies rally to UK’s May amid leadership woes over Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won support for her beleaguered Brexit deal Friday from key politicians and business groups, but she remained besieged by internal party opponents determined to oust her. In a tumultuous week, May finally ...