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Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Donald Trump says "nothing bad ... maybe some good" will come out of Monday's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the meeting may actually achieve. Trump's national ...

Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing ...

Protests in southern Iraq to demand better services, jobs

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press 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 ...

What Trump and Putin hope to achieve at Helsinki summit

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — The outcome of the first summit between the unpredictable first-term American president and Russia's steely-eyed longtime leader is anybody's guess. With no set agenda, the summit could veer between spectacle and ...

S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student ...

Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press 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. The government's push came ...

NATO insists it’s united as Trump lashes allies over budgets

By LORNE COOK and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders pledged Thursday to stand united against foes like Russia despite a tumultuous summit that saw U.S. President Donald Trump rip into his allies for failing to boost defense spending, casting a dark cloud over the ...

Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with ...

After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — President Donald Trump traded one hot spot for another Thursday, leaving behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moving on to Britain, where he found a government in turmoil and sizable protests ...

Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump is all in for Winston Churchill during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president, paying his respects to an icon of American conservatives who coined the phrase the "special relationship." Trump ...

Amnesty urges ‘war crimes’ probe on UAE-run prisons in Yemen

By SAMY MAGDY, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and possible deaths in detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates and its allied militias in southern Yemen as potential war ...

US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — A former Lithuanian lawmaker appeared close to fainting in a Chicago federal courtroom Thursday as a judge refused to halt her extradition to her homeland, where she faces charges stemming from her claims about the existence of a ring ...

With V-for-Victory signs rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom

By STEPHEN WRIGHT and KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign Wednesday from their beds in a ...

Trump claims Germany ‘controlled’ by Russia, Merkel differs

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' ...

Neo-Nazi trial puts spotlight on fate of migrants in Germany

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — A German court found the main defendant guilty on Wednesday in a string of neo-Nazi killings more than a decade ago — a high-profile trial that raised fresh questions about the treatment of migrants at a time when Germany is grappling with ...

Chinese find suggests human relatives left Africa earlier

By EMILIANO RODRIGUEZ MEGA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Stone tools recovered from an excavation in China suggest that our evolutionary forerunners trekked out of Africa earlier than we thought. Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside Africa came from 1.8 ...

Bigger is better? NATO opens up to Macedonia as rifts linger

By JAMEY KEATEN and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO has invited Macedonia to start membership talks, a step toward adding its 30th member despite Russia's objection and a show of unity at a time of growing discord between the Trump administration and Europe. The invitation ...

No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — He didn't shove anyone this time, but President Donald Trump's body language during NATO events Wednesday suggested his relationships with key U.S. allies aren't exactly buddy-buddy. Trump started the day with a ...

After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team out of cave

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — "Everyone is safe." With those three words posted on Facebook the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand came to a close ...

Trump lands in Europe, says Putin ‘easiest’ of his meetings

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — With Europe's wary eyes upon him, President Donald Trump launched a weeklong trip there on Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the "easiest" leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with ...