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Iran’s top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across the Persian Gulf remain high. Concerns about a possible ...

Trump delays imposing tariffs on auto imports and parts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delayed any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto-part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting ongoing talks with European nations and Japan. Trump has made it clear that any final decision on the matter ...

Uncertainty looms over UK as Brexit compromise talks fail

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Talks between Britain's Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party seeking a compromise over Brexit broke down without agreement Friday, plunging the country back into a morass of uncertainty over its departure from the European ...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. ...

Trump says he hopes for no war as US-Iran tensions escalate

By DEB RIECHMANN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the U.S. was ...

White House expects China to retaliate over trade tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is awaiting retaliation from China over increased tariffs, after talks in Washington ended without a deal on trade, the president's chief economic adviser said on Sunday. "The expected countermeasures have not yet materialized. We may know more today or even this ...

Politics takes center stage as Israel hosts Eurovision

By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — As host of this year's Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel's best branding ...

Maduro’s foes fill embassies in Venezuela as crisis deepens

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador's residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing President ...

Meghan, Harry release baby feet photo for US Mother’s Day

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have released a photo of their newborn baby's feet to mark Meghan's first Mother's Day as a mom. The image posted Sunday on Instagram showed Meghan's hand cradling the feet of her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, with a ...

UAE says 4 ships targeted by ‘sabotage’ off its coast

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that four commercial ships off its eastern coast "were subjected to sabotage operations," just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at a nearby ...

US-China talks break up after US raises tariffs

By PAUL WISEMAN and KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trade talks between the U.S. and China broke up Friday with no agreement, hours after President Donald Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump asserted on Twitter that there was "no ...

UN: Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts

GENEVA (AP) — Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged ...

US moving Patriot missile battery to Mideast to counter Iran

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region. The ...

Venezuela’s Guaidó promises to persevere despite crackdown

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is looking to jumpstart his movement to oust Nicolas Maduro in the wake of last week's failed military uprising, promising to persevere in the face of a deepening crackdown. In an ...

Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz ...

Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. Rev. ...

Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

By PHILIP ISSA Associated Press YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq (AP) — After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq's famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate ...

Venezuelans take to streets as uprising attempt sputters

By SCOTT SMITH and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead ...

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killer case

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' justice minister on Thursday resigned over the case of a serial killer who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls amid mounting reports that police had bungled their investigation when some of the victims were initially reported missing. A ...

Assange refuses extradition to US; long legal fight expected

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court on Thursday that he wouldn't agree to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. Assange, appearing by video link ...