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China protests over US warship sighting as trade talks start

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and American officials began talks Monday aimed at ending a bruising tariffs battle between the world's two biggest economies, as Beijing complained over the sighting of a U.S. warship in what it said were Chinese waters. It was ...

Victims of Poland escape room fire to be buried together

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A city mayor in northern Poland says the five teenage girls who died in a fire at an escape room entertainment site will be buried together in a joint ceremony Thursday. Fire officials said that 26 similar sites have been shut down due to security flaws since the ...

China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world's first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese ...

Fragmentation helps Netanyahu re-election hopes

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Barring a devastating legal ruling against him in a series of corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be cruising toward re-election and a historic fifth term in office after the upcoming April 9 vote. Part ...

Tropical storm’s rain, surging seas strike Thai beaches

By SUMETH PANPETCH, Associated Press LAEM TALUMPUK, Thailand (AP) — Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts Friday, as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand's east coast. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 kph ...

Navy SEAL to plead not guilty to murder charge of ISIS teen

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL is facing charges of premediated murder and numerous other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017, along with the shooting of unarmed Iraqi ...

North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

By FRANCES D'EMILIO and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press ROME (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. The news came from South Korea's ...

Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Apple's $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last ...

AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, according to a letter ...

US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock ...

Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers were digging into a sprawling heap of jagged rubble from a collapsed apartment building when one heard the faintest sound. It was the sound of life. On Tuesday, to everyone's ...

Poet fears for his people as China ‘Sinicizes’ religion

By SAM MCNEILL, Associated Press JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, when the Hui — China's second-largest Muslim ethnic group — were among ...

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces. "Arrogant" and ...

Father of dead Guatemalan boy heard rumors they could cross

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their ...

Boy, 12, survives avalanche that buried him for 40 minutes

PARIS (AP) — A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes, an event his rescuers are calling a true "miracle." French police in the town of Bourg Saint-Maurice said the boy was skiing off piste at the La Plagne ski ...

2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press A British adventurer was close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible. Louis Rudd's expedition blog on ...

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — A quake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil ...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The ...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual ...

Russia’s Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the Russian military has successful tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle. It said Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the test launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room. In Wednesday' test, the weapon was launched from the ...