Leaders

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lankan leader takes reinstated PM to task

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday launched a scathing verbal attack at his reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, accusing his leadership of being corrupt and anti-national, casting doubt on any immediate end to the country’s restive politics. Maithripala Sirisena administered the oath to Wickremesinghe, nearly two months after firing him and setting … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lankan leader takes reinstated PM to task

UNITED NATIONS | UN chief: G20 leaders need bolder action at critical time

UNITED NATIONS  — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has a message for leaders of the 20 major economic powers ahead of this week’s summit: take stronger leadership and bolder action to tackle critical problems from climate change to inequality at a time the world is facing “a crisis of confidence.” Before flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN chief: G20 leaders need bolder action at critical time

TOKYO | Japan, India leaders build ties amid trade, security worries

TOKYO — The leaders of Japan and India are reaffirming their ties amid growing worries about trade and regional stability. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived Saturday, is meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a resort area near Mount Fuji on Sunday. Modi is also visiting a nearby plant of major Japanese robot … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan, India leaders build ties amid trade, security worries

JERUSALEM | Israel’s Netanyahu pays surprise visit to Oman

JERUSALEM  — Benjamin Netanyahu‘s office says the Israeli prime minister has returned from a visit to the Gulf state of Oman. Netanyahu’s office said in a statement Friday that Netanyahu had been invited by Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said after lengthy communications. Israel and Oman do not have diplomatic relations. The meeting was the first … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel’s Netanyahu pays surprise visit to Oman

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders officially open their border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Celebrating their dramatic diplomatic thaw, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday officially opened the border where a bloody war and ensuing tensions had divided them for decades, with emotional residents embracing after years of separation. Ethiopia’s reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and longtime Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki visited … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders officially open their border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  | With hugs, leaders of rivals Ethiopia, Eritrea finally meet

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — With laughter and hugs, the leaders of longtime adversaries Ethiopia and Eritrea met for the first time in nearly two decades Sunday amid a rapid and dramatic diplomatic thaw aimed at ending one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts. Ethiopia’s reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Eritrea’s capital and a live … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  | With hugs, leaders of rivals Ethiopia, Eritrea finally meet

Central European leaders want ‘new blueprint’ for continent

BUDAPEST, Hungary/January 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The prime ministers of four Central European countries in the European Union have reiterated their opposition to migration, with the Hungarian leader calling for a “new blueprint” for the continent to be successful. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday that the countries in Central Europe are making increasingly strong contributions … Continue reading Central European leaders want ‘new blueprint’ for continent

Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON/January 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remained distant Tuesday, as House Republicans leaders turned their attention to building support for a backup plan: a stopgap funding bill to stave off the threat of an election-year shutdown. The focus on a budget Plan … Continue reading Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy

ATLANTA/January 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump’s presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump’s own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the … Continue reading Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy

APNewsBreak: Ex-Miss Americas asked to help find new leaders

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. /December 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) –  Trashed by emails sent by pageant officials, former Miss Americas may help choose the new leaders of the Miss America Organization. The group told The Associated Press Wednesday night that it is seeking the help of former Miss Americas and state directors to recommend the next generation … Continue reading APNewsBreak: Ex-Miss Americas asked to help find new leaders

Chinese leaders promise more imports, less financial risk

BEIJING /December 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Chinese leaders promised Wednesday to increase imports and reduce risks in their financial system amid slowing economic growth and pressure from Washington and Europe to open their markets wider. A statement issued after a three-day planning meeting contained no new initiatives and was in line with the ruling Communist … Continue reading Chinese leaders promise more imports, less financial risk

For Trump and Ryan, a tortured relationship grows more so

WASHINGTON/September 8, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — It started out cold as ice, and then turned warm and friendly. Now the tortured relationship between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan has gone cool again, with the Republican president making clear he has no qualms about bucking the GOP leader to cut deals with his Democratic … Continue reading For Trump and Ryan, a tortured relationship grows more so

Global finance leaders dodge conflict with Trump White House

WASHINGTON/April 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Global finance leaders sought to avoid conflict with the Trump administration over trade and environmental policy and welcomed signs the world economy is pulling out of the doldrums. The International Monetary Fund dropped a sharp condemnation of trade protectionism and references to climate change from a statement at the close … Continue reading Global finance leaders dodge conflict with Trump White House