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Despite big offers, little has changed for baby Charlie Gard

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The president of the United States has offered to help a terminally ill British baby. The pope has asked for the rights of the parents to be respected on his care. More than 1.3 million pounds ($1.68 million) has been raised to help him travel ...

Trudeau: Trump, Brexit mean new chances for Canada, Ireland

LONDON (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country and Ireland should seize the opportunity to be open and progressive as their big neighbors, the U.S. and Britain, turn inward. Trudeau says Canada and Ireland should present themselves as "open to the world in a positive, ...

North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world's most dangerous nuclear standoff and, if ...

In Europe, Trump gets 2nd chance to make 1st impression

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will learn this week whether he gets a second chance to make a first impression as he returns to Europe and has his first encounter with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump's first visit to the continent in May stirred ...

China, Russia offer plan for easing North Korea tensions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and China on Tuesday proposed a plan for defusing tensions over North Korea, suggesting that Pyongyang declare a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests while the United States and South Korea refrain from large-scale military ...

US-backed forces breach wall around IS-held Raqqa in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed forces in Syria have breached the wall around Raqqa's Old City, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the weeks-old battle to drive Islamic State militants out of their self-declared capital. The U.S. ...

Trump ups trade tensions with SKorea in welcoming new leader

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and South Korea's new leader showed joint resolve on North Korea on Friday despite their divergent philosophies for addressing the nuclear threat, yet the U.S. opened up a new front of discord by demanding a ...

Canada PM meets aboriginal protesters ahead of Canada Day

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met with aboriginal activists who set up a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill ahead of Canada Day celebrations. The prime minister and his wife arrived at the site Friday as the national capital was abuzz with ...

Venezuela’s defiant chief prosecutor requests protection

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection Friday, days after the Supreme Court barred her from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts ...

UN: Reintegrating ex-fighters is first challenge in Colombia

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The most urgent challenge in Colombia following the handover of the last weapons by leftist rebels is to reintegrate the 10,000 former combatants into society, a process that will be difficult, the U.N. special representative in the ...

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

By KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. Fireworks, a gala variety show and Chinese military displays are among the official ...

Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing incident, which may ratchet up ...

As firms gauge cost, Ukraine says cyberattack under control

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer PARIS (AP) — The data-scrambling software epidemic that paralyzed computers globally is under control in Ukraine, where it likely originated, officials said Wednesday, as companies and governments around the world counted the cost of a crisis that ...

Mattis says Syria’s government taking US threat seriously

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Syria's government has taken seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no ...

EU fines Google a record 2.4 billion euros in antitrust case

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union slapped a record 2.42 billion-euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business. European ...

Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The ruling formally struck down a civil ...

Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack

By PHILIP ISSA and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more ...

10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died. Maj. Gen. Joseph Ponde told journalists that armed forces were alerted to the graves by Red Cross ...

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 148

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. The death toll could rise further as another 50 ...

10 bodies found, scores missing in massive China landslide

By HAN GUAN NG and DIDI TANG, Associated Press MAO COUNTY, China (AP) — Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in southwestern China. More than 2,500 rescuers with detection ...