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Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The highest-level Chinese envoy to North Korea in two years arrived in the country's capital on Friday to try to improve relations that have soured over Beijing's tightening of sanctions and expressions of support for U.S. President Donald Trump's calls for more ...

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, ...

Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

By COLLEEN BARRY and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, who was serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate both rivals and Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down Cosa ...

Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival U.S. and Russian resolutions to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria were defeated Thursday at a heated Security Council meeting that reflected the deteriorating ...

Iraqi forces retake the country’s last IS-held town

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq's territory, the Defense ...

Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid pressure to exit

By FARAI MUTSAKA and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, even as the military announced "significant progress" on talks for his departure and ...

Zimbabwe army has Mugabe, wife in custody, controls capital

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state ...

China sending envoy to North Korea following Trump visit

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Following President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile ...

When child sex isn’t rape: French to set age of consent

PARIS (AP) — Is a 13-year-old old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time. Twice in recent weeks, French courts have refused to prosecute men for rape after they had sex with ...

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

By ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian ...

Australians endorse gay marriage, ensuring Parliament bill

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year, although the form any law would take and its allowances for religious ...

Ex-Danish film company boss embroiled in harassment claims

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A film production company co-founded by Danish director Lars von Trier has asked Danish officials to help investigate after several women accused its former chief executive of sexual harassment and allowing a culture of bullying in ...

Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

By NASSER KARIMI and AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with ...

Report shows emissions rise as climate talks enter 2nd week

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — As a new report showed the world backsliding on curbing carbon emissions, observers at global climate talks said Monday it might fall to ministers to break a deadlock over issues such as compensation for countries hardest-hit by global ...

UN agency report shows Iran meeting nuke deal commitments

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations agency monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear treaty issued a report Monday certifying that the country is keeping its end of the deal that U.S. President Donald Trump claims Tehran has violated repeatedly. The ...

Iranians report at least 61 dead, 300 injured from quake

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official said. Iranian state TV said Iraqi officials had reported six deaths and 200 injuries inside Iraq, ...

Lebanon PM says he will return to seek settlement

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — In his first TV interview since he announced his surprise resignation last weekend, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia "within days" to seek a settlement with the militant group ...

Trump unlikely to rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a "son of a whore." This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands. All that may ...

Prince Charles stands in for queen at war memorial ceremony

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has led Britain's annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony for war dead, taking the role held for more than six decades by his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The 91-year-old queen, dressed in black, watched the service at London's ...

A list of heartbreak: Newspaper tallies 33,293 dead migrants

BERLIN (AP) — The German paper Der Tagesspiegel has published a list of 33,293 people who it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe. The list is 46 pages long and covers the period from 1993 to May 29, 2017. The newspaper cites the victims' names, ages, countries of origin, ...