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Trump, Putin meeting in Helsinki

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a “very, very good ...

Apparent protester removed ahead of Trump-Putin conference

HELSINKI (AP) — An apparent protester has been escorted out of a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The individual, seated with the American press corps in Helsinki, was holding a sign about nuclear weapons. He identified himself ...

China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan

BEIJING (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute. The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to ...

Puerto Ricans return to power grid, but fear for long term

ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major ...

Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents.

Protests in southern Iraq to demand better services, jobs

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day on Sunday in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country’s Shiite heartland.

Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin

HELSINKI (AP) — A face-to-face sit-down with a long-feared foe. Endless media hype. Huge ratings. Although President Donald Trump has met with Russia’s Vladimir Putin twice before, he is eager to recreate in Finland the heady experience that he had last month with North Korean leader Kim ...

Trump faults Obama for US response to Russian hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. election — cyberattacks underpinning the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers. Trump’s ...

Lobbying firm sought envoys help to salvage Russian company

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington. Documents ...

Home may be forever lost for displaced within Syria

JARABLUS, Syria (AP) — When Hikmat’s mother managed to sneak back into their home city of Aleppo, now controlled by government forces, she found a single word spray-painted in red on their house: “Confiscated.” Same with the family store and another house. Their farm, south of the city, ...

Algeria stops forcing migrants into Sahara after outrage

PARIS (AP) — Algeria’s deadly expulsions of migrants into the Sahara Desert have nearly ground to a halt after widespread condemnation and the abrupt firing of two top security officials. The expulsions to the desert borders that Algeria shares with Niger and Mali have all but ended since ...

Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The boys meant to explore the cave for just an hour, a casual jaunt to relax after soccer practice, but the waters rose. The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to safer, higher ground. Those handprints ...

69 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attack in Pakistan’s troubled election campaign killed 65 people at a rally in southwester Baluchistan on Friday ahead of the return to Pakistan of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It’s expected Sharif will be whisked away by helicopter ...

12 Russians indicted for meddling in 2016 US election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, according to an ...

Judge commends family reunification, eyes next deadline

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday commended Trump administration efforts to reunify young children and families separated at the border but also said he plans to watch closely as a deadline approaches involving older children. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said at a hearing in San ...

Trump, queen get acquainted over tea

(5:45 p.m. local time LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II are getting acquainted over tea at Windsor Castle. Towering over the queen, Trump and the monarch shared a few interactions Friday as they reviewed troops at the royal castle in Windsor. The queen, the ...

FBI agent Peter Strzok testifying today before Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias will tell lawmakers Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics and that the intense scrutiny he is facing represents “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to ...

US says all eligible youngest children, families reunited

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But nearly half of the children under 5 remain separated from their families because of safety ...

Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in ...

FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias launched a vigorous defense Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to ...