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Climate activists stage protest at German coal-fired plant

By FRANK JORDANS and DOROTHEE THIESING, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — Environmental activists protested at a German coal-fired power plant on Friday — the same day that Italy became the latest country to announce a deadline for ending its use of the heavily polluting fossil ...

US joins calls for PM’s return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia

By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials insisted Friday on the return home of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia, and the leader of the militant group Hezbollah said the Saudis had "declared war" on Lebanon by holding Hariri against his ...

Energetic China welcome for Trump; trade, NKorea top topics

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Welcomed to China with an outsized dose of pomp and pageantry, President Donald Trump pronounced himself wowed by Beijing's lavish greeting Wednesday at the start of a two-day visit in which he aims to employ flattery, ...

Trump warns North Korea: ‘Do not try us’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korea Wednesday, telling the rogue nation: "Do not underestimate us. And do not try us." In a speech delivered hours after he aborted a visit to the ...

Woman charged with murder warned against forced marriage

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BASTI LASHARI, Pakistan (AP) — Aasia Bibi had warned her parents time and again that if they forced her to marry her cousin, a man she disliked, she would be capable of going to any length to exit the union. She was already in a relationship, she said, and ...

Saudis’ bolder moves to confront Iran echo across region

By AYA BATRAWY and LEE KEATH, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes ...

Pakistani police arrest aunt in family poisoning case

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BASTI LASHARI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police said Wednesday they arrested a woman for allegedly plotting with her newly married niece to poison the young woman's husband with tainted milk that would eventually kill him and 17 other relatives in a remote ...

Russian journalist says attacker was intent on killing her

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian radio journalist who narrowly survived a stabbing attack last month said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that the attacker was intent on killing her and had planned it. The Oct. 23 assault on Tatyana ...

Trump surprise trip to DMZ thwarted by fog

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A surprise visit by President Donald Trump to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone was thwarted by bad weather Wednesday. The aborted trip came a day after Trump modulated his aggressive rhetoric and ...

In Seoul, Trump calls for North Korea to ‘make a deal’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking shift of tone, President Donald Trump abandoned his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea on Tuesday, signaling a willingness to negotiate as he urged Pyongyang to "come to the table" and "make a ...

Ousted leader: Europe must speak up for Catalan separatists

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who wants to lead a pro-independence coalition of political forces in an upcoming regional election, criticized Tuesday the passivity of European politicians in denouncing the prosecution of dismissed ...

Near but far: Trump, Kim find themselves closer than ever

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's obvious to anyone who looks at a map but also, this week, especially noteworthy: The leaders of two nations that have squared off with harsh words and the threat of nuclear war are now closer to each other than New York City's Trump Tower is to the White ...

Report: Apple revamped overseas ops to find new tax havens

By The Associated Press Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland's loose rules began in 2013, according to The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists . The ...

Iraqi VP asks for arms, training for Sunnis in his country

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq's highest-ranking Sunni is in Washington this week pleading for more military aid for his community's militias, hoping the Trump administration will deliver on pledges to counter Iran's growing power across the Middle East. Osama ...

S. Koreans demonstrate to show support, disapproval of Trump

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of South Koreans took to the streets of Seoul on Tuesday for two separate demonstrations, one to show support for visiting President Donald Trump and the other to voice disapproval of the U.S. leader amid concerns over ...

Billionaire prince among dozens arrested in Saudi sweep

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has arrested dozens of princes, senior military officers, businessmen and top officials, including a well-known royal billionaire with extensive holdings in Western companies, as part of a ...

With tensions high, Trump, Abe strengthen bond on the links

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — With a round of golf, a custom cap and a hamburger of American beef, President Donald Trump's first trip to Asia began with a taste of home. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Trump to Japan Sunday with an effusive display of ...

Son of Japan abductee to N. Korea hopes Trump raises issue

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Koichiro Iizuka only knows her as Yaeko-san, a pretty woman smiling in an old photo and in stories told by his relatives. A 16-month-old baby, he was at a childcare center in downtown Tokyo with his 3-year-old sister, waiting to be picked up ...

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia said its forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired Saturday by rebels in from Yemen toward one of the kingdom's major international airports on the outskirts of the capital, Riyadh. The ...

Grim cost predicted in effort to destroy North Korea’s nukes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion. That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty ...