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Venue for Korea talks is potential flash point inside border

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas' rare high-profile talks Tuesday took place at the jointly controlled area inside the world's most heavily fortified border — the same place where North Korean soldiers recently sprayed bullets at a comrade who was ...

Iran lawmaker says 3,700 arrested in days of protest, unrest

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously ...

Salvadorans fear their country not prepared for returnees

By MARCOS ALEMAN, Associated Press SANTA TECLA, El Salvador (AP) — Being deported to an El Salvador he hadn't seen in more than three decades was a trauma Hugo Castro recalls clearly. The 51-year-old said Monday that his country must begin preparing now to receive the nearly 200,000 ...

Iranian tanker collides with freighter off China; 32 missing

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's east coast, leaving the tanker's entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday. Chinese authorities dispatched police ...

Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries. The Houston, Texas-based ...

13 killed, 7 wounded by gunmen in restive Senegal region

By BABACAR DIONE and KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 13 people Saturday in Senegal who were gathering firewood in the forest, the military said. It was the worst attack in years in the West African nation's restive southern region, where a ...

UK’s May says she has no concerns about Trump’s mental state

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has dismissed concerns about Donald Trump's mental fitness, saying the U.S. president acts in what he sees as the best interests of his country. A new book by journalist Michael Wolff quotes prominent Trump advisers as questioning the ...

Strength of Iran protests uncertain after a week of unrest

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The strength of protests shaking Iran was unclear on Thursday after a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, with fewer reports of demonstrations as government supporters again took to the streets in several ...

Japan’s Abe: N. Korea should change course, end nuke program

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea should shift course and drop its nuclear program and missile tests to become a wealthier nation, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference for the new year, Abe told reporters Japan was watching to see the impact of sanctions ...

N. Korea reopens cross-border communications with S. Korea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of ...

Trump threat to cut aid to Palestinians carries risks

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — With a Twitter post threatening to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians, President Donald Trump has expressed his frustration over the lack of progress in his hoped-for Mideast peace push. But things could deteriorate even further if Trump ...

Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade US sanctions

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A banker accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions was convicted Wednesday in a case that strained ties between the United States and Turkey with its testimony about corruption at the highest levels of the NATO ally's ...

Iran says Trump’s ‘absurd tweets’ have incited disruption

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran charged Wednesday that the U.S. "has crossed every limit" in international relations by expressing support for Iran's anti-government protesters and said President Donald Trump's "absurd tweets" have encouraged disruption. In a ...

Kim says US should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

By ERIC TALMADGE and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year's ...

Trump slams Pakistan for ‘lies & deceit’ in New Year’s tweet

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for 'lies & deceit' in a New Year's Day tweet that said Islamabad had played U.S. leaders for 'fools.' 'No more,' Trump tweeted. Trump in his tweet said the U.S. had given Pakistan $33 billion in ...

Iran protests have violent night; at least 12 dead overall

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nationwide protests in Iran saw their most violent night as "armed protesters" tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, bringing the death toll in the unrest to at least ...

Australian diplomat’s tip a factor in FBI’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Australian diplomat's tip appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Saturday. Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told the diplomat, ...

Merkel sees Germany split over pace of social change

BERLIN (AP) — Germans have rarely been so divided about the changes taking place in their society, the country's long-time leader Angela Merkel said Sunday, adding in her New Year's address that she is committed to helping tackle the challenges of the future by swiftly forming a new ...

Protests in Iran fanned by exiled journalist, messaging app

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As protests over Iran's faltering economy rapidly spread across the country, a channel on a mobile messaging app run by an exiled journalist helped fan the passions of some of those who took to the street. The Telegram app ...

Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense ...