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WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump isolated in view of Russia meddling

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said he sees no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election. Minutes earlier, on the same platform, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a reason, even while denying Moscow ever meddled: He wanted Trump to win. A sampling of their statements Monday: TRUMP on his intelligence officials: “They … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump isolated in view of Russia meddling

HELSINKI  | Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

HELSINKI  — In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Moscow’s hands were clean. The reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among … Continue reading HELSINKI  | Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

MOSCOW  | Russia’s post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

MOSCOW  — For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself. While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, the Russian president came home to universal praise in Moscow. Despite no major breakthroughs, says Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Putin ably won over … Continue reading MOSCOW  | Russia’s post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim slams local North Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea  — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blasted local officials over a delayed construction project, state media reported Tuesday, his second such rebuke over the economy in recent weeks. It’s unusual for state media to carry dispatches showing Kim’s criticism of officials. Some experts say Kim, eager to claim economic gains, … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim slams local North Koreans for unfinished power plant

JERUSALEM  | Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas

JERUSALEM  — Israel shut down its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until next Sunday but … Continue reading JERUSALEM  | Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas

HONOLULU  | Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries

HONOLULU  — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard’s revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people. The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet (300 … Continue reading HONOLULU  | Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries

LOS ANGELES  | Stranded woman drank water from moss after California crash

LOS ANGELES  — A self-described beachcomber says it was her luckiest find yet: A woman who survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach. “We freakin’ love that beach and we’re so glad she’s alive,” Chelsea Moore said Monday as she described the afternoon last Friday … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Stranded woman drank water from moss after California crash

SINGAPORE  | Asian shares mostly lower, weighed by trade tensions

SINGAPORE  — Asian markets were mostly lower on Tuesday following a mixed day on Wall Street, as tensions over U.S. tariffs overshadowed data suggesting global growth is still on track. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 bucked the regional trend, gaining 0.4 percent to 22,697.36 after reopening from Monday’s public holiday. South Korea’s Kospi lost … Continue reading SINGAPORE  | Asian shares mostly lower, weighed by trade tensions