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China looks unlikely to give in after US tariff hike

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over technology. Beijing promised to cut tariffs, open its auto industry and buy American exports. But none of that was what Trump wanted: An end to ...

UK’s Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that the U.K. will flourish with or without an agreement on its relationship with the European Union after it leaves the grouping next year. A "no-deal" Brexit is possible, he said in an ...

“Grand Theater”: Has N. Korea’s Kim won a propaganda coup?

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, ...

Review underway for Russia probe documents ordered released

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey's text messages. Trump ...

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the ...

Hope fades in Philippines for dozens buried in landslides

By JOEAL CALUPITAN and AARON FAVILA, Associated Press ITOGON, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of people believed buried in a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines probably did not survive, a mayor said Monday, although rescuers kept digging through mud and debris covering a ...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told ...

S. Korea’s Moon wants ‘heart-to-heart’ summit talks with Kim

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will push for "irreversible, permanent peace," and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, during "heart-to-heart" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this ...

Roads shut after 2 fall ill in UK city where ex-spy poisoned

LONDON (AP) — Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at a restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent. Wiltshire Police described the emergency steps taken in ...

Mangkhut weakens to tropical storm after plowing into China

By VINCENT YU and JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China on Monday, leaving death and destruction from Hong Kong to the Philippines. The storm was still affecting southern China's coast and the ...

Typhoon lashes south China after killing 36 in Philippines

By VINCENT YU and JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 36 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. More than 2.4 ...

Gunmen wearing mariachi garb kill 5, wound 8 in Mexico City

By AMY GUTHRIE, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans heading into the weekend's Independence Day celebrations were jolted by a brazen shooting by men dressed as mariachi musicians who killed five people and wounded eight in Garibaldi Plaza, an iconic square in the capital where the ...

UK leader: Talk of leadership during Brexit ‘irritating’

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May concedes that she gets "irritated" by the debate over her leadership during the difficult Brexit negotiations. She told the BBC in an interview scheduled to be broadcast Monday that she is concerned for the ...

Skepticism rising in S. Korea ahead of 3rd summit with North

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in's engagement strategy with the North. The liberal politician, who reversed nearly a decade of conservative hard-line policy toward North Korea after his election ...

Israeli lawmaker to PM: Dismiss US envoy over aide scandal

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — An opposition Israeli lawmaker on Sunday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismiss his ambassador to the United States for failing to report sexual assault allegations against a top Netanyahu aide, ballooning an already ...

Kurds opt out of first local elections in Syria since 2011

ALBERT AJI, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria held its first municipal elections since 2011 on Sunday, amid tensions with the country's self-administered Kurdish region, which refused to allow polls. Turnout was modest at stations in the Syrian capital and candidates aligned ...

Kosovo Albanians block roads during Serbia president visit

By RADUL RADOVANOVIC, Associated Press MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo Albanians on Sunday blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's president in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes. During his two-day trip, President ...

Sweden votes in election amid heated debate on immigration

By PIETRO DECRISTOFARO and JARI TANNER, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden went to the polls Sunday in a general election that is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration. The election ...

Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘suicide vest’ comment sparks furor

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has compared Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Brexit to putting the country's constitution in a "suicide vest" and handing the detonator to the European Union — remarks that drew ...

China’s trade surplus with US hits record $31 billion

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump's battle with Beijing over industrial policy. Exports ...