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North Korean medium-range missile test fails, US says

By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday, U.S. officials said, a high-profile failure that came hours before the U.S. vice president arrived in South Korea, and as an ...

Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands underway

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and rebels evacuated more than 7,000 people from four besieged towns Friday in the latest coordinated population transfer in Syria's six-year-long civil war. As diplomacy in Moscow focused on the U.S. airstrikes targeting the ...

Afghanistan: Massive US bomb kills 36 Islamic State fighters

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A strike by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 Islamic State group militants and left no civilian casualties, hitting a tunnel complex in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan, ...

Officials: No need for Trump’s approval to use massive bomb

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" didn't need President Donald Trump's approval. The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest ...

New leak suggests NSA penetrated Mideast banking networks

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer PARIS (AP) — A new set of documents purportedly lifted from the U.S. National Security Agency suggests that American spies have burrowed deep into the Middle East's financial network, apparently compromising the Dubai office of the anti-money ...

Widow of Italian right-to-die protagonist turns herself in

ROME (AP) — The widow of an Italian man who became a protagonist in Italy's euthanasia debate has turned herself into police after bringing another terminally ill man to Switzerland to die. Mina Welby told reporters outside a Tuscan police station Friday that Davide Trentini had administered ...

US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syrian chemical attack

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Syrian authorities — "abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth" — still possess and use chemical weapons, an American diplomat told the international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday. The strong comments ...

Russia reset redux? Trump tries where predecessors failed

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a familiar refrain: A new American president seeks improved relations with Russia. And like his predecessors, Donald Trump is running into a thicket of obstacles, new and old, to even maintaining a functioning relationship with ...

US hit IS with largest non-nuclear bomb ever used

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials ...

UN votes to end to Haiti peacekeeping mission in mid-October

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to end the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October after 13 years, sending a strong signal that the international community believes the impoverished Caribbean nation is ...

Russia accuses US of unlawful Syria raid as Tillerson visits

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat accused the United States on Wednesday of carrying out an unlawful attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces as he opened a fraught meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Giving ...

In surprise move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to run for president

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the ...

UN child sex ring left victims but no arrests

By PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together ...

Police investigating ‘in all directions’ in Dortmund blasts

By MIKE CORDER and MARK CARLSON, Associated Press DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — German authorities said Wednesday they are investigating "in all directions" after three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund's team bus ahead of a Champions League quarterfinal match, injuring one of the soccer ...

Xi stresses China’s North Korea concerns in talk with Trump

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call ...

Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout

By JACK GILLUM, CHAD DAY and JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Last August, a handwritten ledger surfaced in Ukraine with dollar amounts and dates next to the name of Paul Manafort, who was then Donald Trump's campaign chairman. Ukrainian investigators called it evidence of ...

US, Russia jab over Syria before diplomatic talks in Moscow

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with an ultimatum for Russia: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. It wasn't ...

G-7 ministers appeal to Russia on Syria but reject sanctions

By JILL LAWLESS and COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press LUCCA, Italy (AP) — The Group of Seven industrialized nations on Tuesday urged Russia to pressure the Syrian government to end the six-year civil war, but rejected a British call to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its support of ...

US Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded that Russia knew ahead of time that Syria would launch a chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official says. The official offered circumstantial elements to back up his ...

US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA ...