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US warns on sanctions over Venezuela’s move on constitution

By HANNAH DREIER and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is warning that it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis with near-daily ...

EU Brexit chief says UK must settle account of what it owes

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator insisted Wednesday that Britain's accounts must be settled before any talks on its future trade relationship with the EU can take place, as he warned that time is running out to seal a deal by ...

Trump seeks steps from Abbas to promote peace with Israel

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, according to U.S. officials, one of several actions Washington believes could lead to ...

Trump, Putin look to work together on Syria

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the ...

IS attack on displaced in northeast Syria kills at least 30

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday in northeastern Syria, killing at least 30 people, most of them civilians who had fled fighting in areas of Syria and Iraq held by the extremist group, a Kurdish spokesman and Syrian ...

What on Earth might a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting look like?

By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a ...

Puerto Rico hit with lawsuits after litigation freeze ends

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bondholders filed to sue Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the first legal challenges to hit the U.S. territory after a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits expired amid a deep economic crisis. A group representing those ...

Warsaw denounces Macron for comparing Polish leader to Putin

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron made an "unacceptable" comparison when he likened Poland's government to the "regimes" of Russia's Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor ...

Turkey’s president rejoins ruling party after referendum win

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Tuesday rejoined the ruling party he co-founded in a step on his path toward solidifying his grip on power, following his narrow victory in last month's referendum. Most of the constitutional changes ushering in a ...

Tear gas in France as Le Pen, Macron hold May Day rallies

By ELAINE GANLEY and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — With just six days until a French presidential runoff that could define Europe's future, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron held high-stakes rallies Monday that overlapped with May Day marches and ...

May Day marked with defiant rallies for worker rights

ISTANBUL (AP) — Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and ...

5 things to know as Princess Charlotte turns 2

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — It's nearly party time for Britain's Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her 2nd birthday on Tuesday. Her parents marked the occasion Monday by distributing a snapshot of Charlotte taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. Here are five ...

Rights group: Syria used suspected nerve agents in 4 attacks

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New evidence indicates that the Syrian government used suspected nerve agents in four chemical weapons attacks since December including one in an opposition-held town April 4 that killed nearly 100 people, a human rights group said ...

Minibus overturns in Iran, killing 2 German tourists

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say a speeding minibus has overturned on a slippery road, killing two German tourists and injuring 18 other people. The semi-official ISNA news agency quotes Col. Ahmad Ahmadi, police chief of the southern Fars province, as saying that two of those injured ...

Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump said in a television interview to be aired Sunday that he believes China's president has been putting pressure on North Korea as it pursues its missile and nuclear weapons programs. In an ...

Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck killed near Mount Everest

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said. Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp 1 of ...

Parents of missing UK girl still hopeful she’s ‘out there’

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished during a family vacation to Portugal in 2007, say they are still hopeful they will one day be reunited with their daughter as they mark the 10th anniversary of her ...

Cuban military plane crashes, killing 8 troops on board

By RAMON ESPINOSA, Associated Press CARAMBOLA, Cuba (AP) — A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside Saturday in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said. Cuba's military said in a statement that the Soviet-made AN-26 took off from the Playa ...

UN Security Council to confer on North Korea nuclear program

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on ...

Pope Francis in Egyptian capital for historic 2-day visit

By NICOLE WINFIELD and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis came to Egypt on Friday for a historic visit to the Arab and Muslim-majority nation aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name. The Catholic pontiff is ...