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Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his ...

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week. Lavrov noted that despite the escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington, the U.S. ...

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza ...

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health ...

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued. As shouts of "chlorine, chlorine!" rang out, some ran into the night and fainted in the street. ...

Cuban state media say new president to be elected Wednesday

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly will elect a new president on Wednesday and announce the replacement for Raul Castro the next day, an unusual two-day process that will install someone from outside the Castro family in the ...

Trump says ‘good relationship’ formed with North Korea

By MATTHEW LEE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. Mike Pompeo's highly ...

Korean leaders can discuss peace, but can’t end Korean War

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. One problem: There can be no real talks without the ...

Delays keep inspectors from reaching Syria attack site

BEIRUT (AP) — International inspectors were still waiting to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria on Wednesday, as the U.S. accused the Syrian government and its ally Russia of trying to cover up the evidence. It has been 11 days since the alleged attack on Douma, a ...

Saudi Arabia to show ‘Black Panther’ to mark cinema opening

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is to hold a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next ...

Destruction, traumatized residents in Syrian town of Douma

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Two days after Syrian troops declared Douma liberated from rebel fighters and 10 days since a suspected chemical attack, a tour of the town just east of Damascus on Monday revealed widespread destruction and traumatized residents who ...

France’s Macron: EU must reform to fight rising nationalism

By SYLVIE CORBET and JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged the European Union to reform itself to offer better protection for its citizens in a world troubled by wars and authoritarian regimes. The 40-year-old ...

Trump to host Japan’s Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs

By JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will play host to Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago this week amid growing strain between the two countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ...

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and ...

US, UK say Russia targets internet hardware for espionage

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer Washington and London on Monday jointly accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage. The two governments said the Russian operations, which allegedly involve planting malware on ...

False alarm, not outside attack, sets off Syria air defenses

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A false alarm set off Syrian air defense systems early on Tuesday, the military said, denying earlier reports of an "outside aggression" and incoming airstrikes and underscoring the chaotic nature of the multiple actors in Syria's theater of ...

UK’s May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face restive lawmakers on Monday to justify her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament. The UK debate comes as the European Union's foreign ministers ...

Russia says UN delaying fact-finding mission visit in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB and NATALIYA VASILEYVA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat said on Monday that the mission from the international chemical weapons watchdog cannot access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate U.N. ...

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in ...

Djukanovic vows EU path after sweeping Montenegro vote

By PREDRAG MILIC, Associated Press PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's ruling party leader Milo Djukanovic swept a presidential election on Sunday, preliminary results showed, and he pledged to keep the small Balkan country firmly on a European path after it joined NATO last year in ...