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US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

By ANNABELLE LIANG and ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he ...

Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and MARIA VERZA, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants ...

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

By CHRISTINA LARSON, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say. After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation ...

Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza cease-fire deal

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his post Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early ...

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

By ANNABELLE LIANG and ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have again pushed back an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries ...

Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested ...

Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" ...

Training kids to kill at Ukrainian nationalist camp

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The campers, some clad in combat fatigues, carefully aim their assault rifles. Their instructor offers advice: Don't think of your target as a human being. So when these boys and girls shoot, they will shoot to kill. Most are in ...

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursion

By FARES AKRAM and JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire ...

Leaders meet in Italy to find settlement in Libya

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Representatives of Libya's quarrelling factions and of countries keen on stabilizing the North African nation were attending a conference in Sicily Monday aimed at finding a political settlement to bolster the fight against Islamic ...

Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Even on the clearest ...

Unknown British soldier buried before WWI 100th anniversary

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — British authorities have given an unknown soldier who died during World War I a full military burial, just days before ceremonies marking the centenary of the end of World War I. Sunlight filtered through the autumn leaves as the British honor guard carried a lone ...

Central American migrants in Mexico want buses to US border

By MARIA VERZA and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Central American migrants in a caravan that has stopped in Mexico City demanded buses Thursday to take them to the U.S. border, saying it is too cold and dangerous to continue walking and hitchhiking. Mexico City ...

Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court blocked President Donald Trump on Thursday from immediately ending an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation, saying the administration's decision to phase it out was arbitrary because it ...

In online ruse, fake journalists tried to hack Saudi critic

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers impersonating journalists tried to intercept the communications of a prominent Saudi opposition figure in Washington, The Associated Press has found. One attempt involved the fabrication of a fake BBC secretary and an ...

Migrant caravan sets sight on getting to Mexico City

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press CORDOBA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of bone-tired Central Americans set their sights on Mexico City on Sunday after undertaking a grueling journey through a part of Mexico that has been particularly treacherous for migrants seeking to get to the United ...

Poland: Exit poll gives centrists edge in key mayoral races

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An exit poll suggested Poland's populist ruling party lost mayoral runoff elections Sunday in key cities including Krakow and Gdansk, though it wasn't immediately clear how hundreds of other local races were leaning. Poland's local ...

Why it’s still in Russia’s interest to mess with US politics

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Sweeping accusations that the Kremlin tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election haven't chastened Russian trolls, hackers and spies — and might even have emboldened them. U.S. officials and tech companies say Russians have continued online ...

US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the ...

IS attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt kills 7

By SAMY MAGDY and HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Islamic militants on Friday ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding 19, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church ...