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Trump says unless NKorea summit 'fruitful' he'll pull out

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful." Trump...

 

Britain spy case: Watchdog rejects Russia nerve agent claim

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter...

 

UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

BEIRUT (AP) — Assailants opened fire at a U.N. security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside...

 

Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, selected as next president of Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party...

 

Erdogan catches Turkey off guard by calling early elections

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caught Turkey off guard on Wednesday by calling early elections for June, in a move that could cement his grip on power a year ahead of schedule. Erdogan announced that parliamentary and...

 

Nearly 75 years after the USS Helena was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, an expedition team backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reported finding its wreckage

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Microsoft co-founder's mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the S...

 

Residents of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread

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...

 

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

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 withou...

 

Trump bashes California on border mission, Brown sees a deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed California Gov. Jerry Brown's posture on sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border even as Brown said he was nearing agreement on joining the president's mission. The volley of...

 

Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A black former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter, saying in a statement that he knew it was illegal but felt he had to act against a culture in the...

 

Trump says US and NKorea talking at 'extremely high levels'

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. At his private Mar-a-Lago...

 

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

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...

 

Chemical arms experts in Syria go to site of alleged attack

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — International chemical weapons inspectors Tuesday entered Douma, the Syrian town that was the site of a suspected poison gas attack that led to Western airstrikes against the Syrian government, state media reported. The team...

 

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

France's Macron: EU must reform to fight rising nationalism STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron compared political divisions in Europe to a new type of civil war as he warned Tuesday of the need to counter growing...

 

UK: Nerve agent that poisoned spy was in liquid form

LONDON (AP) — The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, as they revealed it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around...

 

Analysis: Trump finds leaving Syria tougher than he thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — In heated exchanges with his national security team in recent weeks, President Donald Trump repeatedly made clear he saw little incentive for the United States to be involved in Syria's intractable civil war. Then he pushed the...

 

Trump declares 'mission accomplished' after strike on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough othe...

 

European leaders back Syria airstrikes; China against

Many European leaders and the prime minister of Canada voiced support and understanding for the U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria, but warned against allowing the seven-year conflict to escalate. Venezuela and China, however, condemned the...

 

Macron: France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria

PARIS (AP) — France persuaded President Donald Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes as punishment for an alleged chemical-weapons attack, French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday. Appearing live on French television BFM and online...

 

The Latest: Trump informs Congress of reasons for strike

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 1:45 a.m. President Donald Trump has informed Congress in writing of his decision to order a U.S. missile strike against Syria. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must...

 

The Latest: EU defends Iran nuclear deal; no new sanctions

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The European Union has strongly defended the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and declined to impose new sanctions despite Tehran's actions in Syria. EU foreign...

 

Democrats ready to back bid for House votes on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virtually all House Democrats are poised to back a bid by some Republicans calling for House votes this election year on immigration. California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors on an effort to...

 

Inspectors head to site of suspected gas attack in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A team of inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons attack near the capital that has brought the war-torn count...

 

Inspectors head to site of suspected gas attack in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A team of inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons attack near the capital that has brought the war-torn count...

 

Guard faces tricky dance in California border mission

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is crystal clear that his National Guard will help President Trump go after drugs and thugs on the Mexican border, but not immigrants. Drawing that line may be hazy. Brown's pledge of 400 troops allows...

 

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