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Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure

By ERALDO PERES and SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president on Thursday cancelled an order to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for ...

NATO leaders meet under intense Trump pressure on spending

By LORNE COOK and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Meeting fellow NATO leaders for the first time, President Donald Trump aggressively challenged them Thursday to spend more on their own defense, putting the alliance under exceptional pressure to become tougher, sharper and ...

Hezbollah chief says dialogue with Iran is only way forward

BEIRUT (AP) — The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump. In a speech Thursday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says the U.S. president is 'only ...

Turkey’s leader confronted by France, Germany at NATO summit

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was confronted by key allies France and Germany with diplomatic complaints despite him traveling to Brussels to celebrate the unity of the NATO alliance. French President Emmanuel Macron and German ...

NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance, explained

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — It sounds strange to characterize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a huge gun club, but the comparison can be useful in understanding the world's biggest military alliance. Like many gun clubs, NATO actually has no weapons of its own. ...

Children among victims of suicide bomb at Ariana Grande show

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up as young concert-goers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, killing at least 22 people, some wearing the star's trademark ...

In Jerusalem, Trump solemnly remembers Holocaust victims

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump solemnly paid tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, calling on the world to never forget "history's darkest hour." On a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, the ...

Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could shed light on concerns about ...

Cannes fetes itself with massive 70th anniversary bash

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary by bringing together an array of stars, filmmakers and former Palme d'Or winners. On Tuesday, Cannes gathered more than 100 big names from across cinema to pose for a photo together. ...

Gambia says it seizes $50 million of ex-president’s assets

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government says it has seized some $50 million in assets tied to former leader Yahya Jammeh. The targeted assets include 80 bank accounts and 131 properties reportedly belonging to the longtime leader who flew into exile in January. Justice Minister Aboubacarr ...

Bahrain police raid Shiite cleric’s town; 1 killed, 50 held

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police firing tear gas and shotguns entered a town on Tuesday morning where a monthslong sit-in has supported a prominent Shiite cleric who had his citizenship stripped by the government. At least one protester was ...

With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Having declared that finding a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is "maybe not as difficult as people have thought," President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Israel with few concrete ideas of ...

North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency ...

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out ‘Islamic extremism’

By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a ...

Trump receives regal welcome in Saudi Arabia

By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while ...

High society: Pippa Middleton marries at almost-royal event

By KEVIN SCOTT and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press ENGLEFIELD, England (AP) — Pippa Middleton, radiant in a custom-made gown, married a wealthy financier Saturday as members of Britain's royal family, including her sister, looking on. She and hedge fund manager James Matthews married at St. ...

Iran’s President Rouhani wins 2nd term by a wide margin

By ADAM SCHRECK and NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani won re-election by a wide margin Saturday, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. The ...

Melania Trump skips headscarf as she arrives in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Accompanying her husband on his first international trip, U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Saturday stepped off of Air Force One conservatively dressed in long sleeves and pants to conform to the strict dress code that Saudi Arabia enforces for its female citizens. ...

Pope seeks to end stigma of devastating Huntington’s Disease

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington's Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its ...

Chinese, S. Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Thursday with a special envoy sent by new South Korean President Moon Jae-in as the two countries attempted to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a high-tech American missile defense system in South Korea to guard against North ...