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AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq | The Latest: Unclear whether Iraqi PM accepts Trump invite

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s trip to Iraq (all times local): 12:55 a.m. The office of Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, is not saying whether he has accepted President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit Washington. The two spoke by phone on Wednesday evening during Trump’s unscheduled trip to visit American … Continue reading AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq | The Latest: Unclear whether Iraqi PM accepts Trump invite

VANCOUVER, British Columbia | China ups pressure as tech exec’s hearing goes into Tuesday

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A jailed Chinese technology executive will have to wait at least one more day to see if she will be released on bail in a case that has raised U.S.-China tensions and complicated efforts to resolve a trade dispute that has roiled financial markets and threatened global economic growth. Meng Wanzhou, the … Continue reading VANCOUVER, British Columbia | China ups pressure as tech exec’s hearing goes into Tuesday

BEIJING | The Latest: Canada ex-adviser says China pressure won’t work

BEIJING — The Latest on the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Canada (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese pressure on the Canadian government to release a top executive of Huawei won’t work. In a tweet, Roland Paris … Continue reading BEIJING | The Latest: Canada ex-adviser says China pressure won’t work

BEIJING | China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

BEIJING — China has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released. A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website says … Continue reading BEIJING | China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | G-20 enters final day with work to do on bridging divisions

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Group of 20 summit enters its crucial second and final day Saturday with hours left for diplomats to bridge divisions on major issues including world trade, climate change and tackling migration. The day will also see a highly anticipated meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | G-20 enters final day with work to do on bridging divisions

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Trump vs the world _ G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina  — Divisions among the world leading economies emerged from the moment their leaders gathered Friday in Argentina: Donald Trump struck his own deals and angered allies, and the leaders of Russia and Saudi Arabia bonded amid criticism from European powers. U.S. negotiators blocked progress at the Group of 20 summit on managing … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Trump vs the world _ G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand bans Huawei from 5G upgrade over security fears

WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand’s international spy agency has banned mobile company Spark from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade, saying it posed a “significant network security risk.” The action follows a similar ban in Australia, where the Chinese telecommunications giant was blocked in August from rolling out Australia’s 5G network due to … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | New Zealand bans Huawei from 5G upgrade over security fears

DAMASCUS, Syria | Aid workers enter remote Syrian camp for 1st time

DAMASCUS, Syria — U.N. officials and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent offered children vaccinations and distributed desperately needed aid on Sunday, the first such assistance to reach thousands in a remote camp for the displaced on Syria’s border with Jordan since January. Residents said that humanitarians from international organizations entered their desolate camp … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Aid workers enter remote Syrian camp for 1st time

BEIRUT | UN aid convoy reaches Syria desert camp near Jordan border

BEIRUT — A humanitarian organization says an aid convoy has reached a camp for the displaced on Syria’s border with Jordan where tens of thousands of people are stranded in the desert amid dwindling supplies. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says 78 trucks carrying life-saving assistance reached Rukban camp on Saturday as part of joint … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN aid convoy reaches Syria desert camp near Jordan border

Supreme Court cites security in change to Kavanaugh ceremony

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court says new Justice Brett Kavanaugh won’t take the traditional walk down the courthouse steps after his ceremonial installation on the court because of security concerns. Kavanaugh’s investiture ceremony is scheduled for Thursday morning in the courtroom. It is customary for a new justice to walk down the 44 marble steps in … Continue reading Supreme Court cites security in change to Kavanaugh ceremony

WASHINGTON | Trump abandons restraint, calls out Kavanaugh’s accuser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump challenged the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault by name Friday, saying that if the alleged attack was that “bad” then she would have filed charges. Abandoning his previous restraint, Trump tweeted: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump abandons restraint, calls out Kavanaugh’s accuser

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh accuser says she would testify under right terms

WASHINGTON— Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh accuser says she would testify under right terms

BERLIN | German city removes Erdogan statue over security concerns

BERLIN  — A golden statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was installed at an art festival whose motto is “Bad news” has been taken down after authorities in the German city of Wiesbaden said it was becoming a security issue. The dpa news agency reported that the 4-meter (13-foot) sculpture depicting Erdogan with … Continue reading BERLIN | German city removes Erdogan statue over security concerns

BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid security concerns

BAMAKO, Mali  — Malians are voting in a presidential runoff election between incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Sunday’s polls opened to a light rain and a light turnout. Many worry that the vote in the sprawling West African nation could be marred by increased security concerns. In the July 29 first-round … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid security concerns

PHILADELPHIA  | State election officials in US meet amid security concerns

PHILADELPHIA  —The top state election officials from throughout the U.S. are gathering this weekend in Philadelphia amid fresh revelations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and just before President Donald Trump holds one-on-one talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The annual gathering has typically been a low-key affair highlighting such things as voter … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA  | State election officials in US meet amid security concerns

CAIRO | Egypt postpones verdicts over 2013 sit-in citing ‘security’

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday postponed until July 28 the verdicts for hundreds of defendants detained for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, including the top leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Cairo Criminal Court said in a statement the verdicts had to be delayed because the more than 700 defendants could not … Continue reading CAIRO | Egypt postpones verdicts over 2013 sit-in citing ‘security’

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korean crypto exchange loses $31 million from hack

SEOUL, South Korea — A leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said Wednesday that $31 million worth of virtual currencies have been stolen by hackers, a latest in the series of recent hacks that raised security concerns. Bithumb, South Korea’s second-largest exchange, said cyberattacks from late Tuesday night to Wednesday morning led to the loss of … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korean crypto exchange loses $31 million from hack