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KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine bars entry to Russian males, upping ante in conflict

KIEV, Ukraine  — Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church. The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine bars entry to Russian males, upping ante in conflict

WASHINGTON | Woman describes torture, beatings in Chinese detention camp

WASHINGTON — A member of the Uighur minority on Monday detailed torture and abuse she says she experienced in one of the internment camps where the Chinese government has detained hundreds of thousands of religious minorities. Mihrigul Tursun, speaking to reporters in Washington, said she was interrogated for four days in a row without sleep, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Woman describes torture, beatings in Chinese detention camp

WASHINGTON | Trump demands ‘some common sense’ from judges

WASHINGTON — Incensed by a ruling against his migrant asylum policy, President Donald Trump demanded “some common sense” from America’s judges and directed his ire at a liberal-leaning appeals court. He professed respect for Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom he is engaged in a startling public dispute over the independence of the judiciary, yet … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump demands ‘some common sense’ from judges

PARIS | After testy tweet, Trump calls French president good friend

PARIS— President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron tried to project unity Saturday after Trump had lashed out at one of America’s strongest allies in Europe, claiming Macron insulted the United States when he pushed the idea of the continent having its own defense force. The American and French leaders, who have had an … Continue reading PARIS | After testy tweet, Trump calls French president good friend

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 7 soldiers, wounded 25

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president said Saturday that at least seven soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded in an explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in the southeast. The Defense Ministry previously said on Friday that 25 soldiers were wounded and seven others were missing following an unexplained accident during the firing … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 7 soldiers, wounded 25

WASHINGTON | US, China holding security talks amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON — Even as the United States and China butt heads over trade, their top diplomats and defense chiefs will be meeting in Washington Friday, looking to tamp down tensions on other issues that have put a chill on relations between the two world powers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, China holding security talks amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON | Economic realities moderate Trump’s hard line on Iran

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration was caught between allies at home and abroad and the reality of global economics as it reinstated sanctions Monday on Iran, forced to carve out exemptions for important allies and back off on measures that could have been even more punishing for Tehran. The U.S. granted waivers to allow China … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Economic realities moderate Trump’s hard line on Iran

WASHINGTON | Trump awaits briefing from CIA director in Khashoggi case

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump says the killing of a Saudi journalist was a botched operation and a “bad original concept” as his administration has taken its first steps in punishing the Saudis by deciding to revoke the visas of the suspects. Trump awaited a briefing Thursday from CIA Director Gina Haspel, who has been in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump awaits briefing from CIA director in Khashoggi case

MOSCOW  | The Latest: Kremlin: No new nuclear arms deal in sight

MOSCOW  — The Latest on John Bolton’s meetings in Moscow (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The Kremlin has rejected a suggestion that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a major arms control deal could pave the way for a new treaty. Trump announced on Saturday that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force … Continue reading MOSCOW  | The Latest: Kremlin: No new nuclear arms deal in sight

BANGKOK | Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I’m not alone advocating freedom

BANGKOK — A Vietnamese blogger exiled to the United States says her reunion with her family after two years in prison is proof she isn’t alone in speaking for freedom. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was smiling when she emerged from the airport in Houston on Wednesday night. Vietnam freed her on the condition she leave … Continue reading BANGKOK | Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I’m not alone advocating freedom

SINGAPORE | US officials optimistic on US-China military ties

SINGAPORE  — After a rocky few months, Pentagon officials say they sense that relations with the Chinese military may be stabilizing. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was meeting Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, on the sidelines of an Asian defense ministers’ conference. Just weeks ago, Mattis had planned to travel to Beijing for … Continue reading SINGAPORE | US officials optimistic on US-China military ties

SINGAPORE | Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

SINGAPORE — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to meet on Thursday in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart just weeks after their talks planned for Beijing fell apart amid growing friction between the U.S. and China. Shortly after Mattis arrived in Singapore on Wednesday after a visit to Vietnam, a senior Mattis aide told reporters … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

ISTANBUL | The Latest: IMF’s chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip

ISTANBUL — The latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:30 a.m. The International Monetary Fund says its managing director Christine Lagarde is deferring her trip to the Middle East. A brief statement by an unnamed IMF spokesman Wednesday … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: IMF’s chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip

CHICAGO | Latest: Jurors say Van Dyke’s testimony didn’t help him

CHICAGO — The Latest on the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Some jurors in the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke say they spent much of their deliberations on whether to convict him of first-degree … Continue reading CHICAGO | Latest: Jurors say Van Dyke’s testimony didn’t help him

13-year-old shark bite victim released from hospital

SAN DIEGO — A 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a shark as he dived for lobster off the Southern California coast is out of the hospital. KGTV-TV says Keane Webre-Hayes was released Thursday from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He suffered a bite Saturday that tore his back, shoulder, torso, face and ear. … Continue reading 13-year-old shark bite victim released from hospital

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | The Latest: Ferry carrying 300 makes port after malfunction

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Latest on stranded ferry in the Baltic Sea (all times local): 9:30 p.m. A ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people on board has reached a port in Lithuania with a navy escort. The Regina Seaways ferry, operated by Copenhagen-based DFDS, got stuck Tuesday after a malfunction that … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | The Latest: Ferry carrying 300 makes port after malfunction

PALU, Indonesia | The Latest: President orders gov’t help for Indonesia quake

PALU, Indonesia — The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia (all times local): 10 a.m. Indonesia’s president says he instructed the security minister to coordinate the government’s response to a quake and tsunami that hit central Sulawesi. President Joko Widodo also told reporters in his hometown of Solo late Friday that he … Continue reading PALU, Indonesia | The Latest: President orders gov’t help for Indonesia quake

ROME | Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

ROME — The Vatican has announced a breakthrough “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, an issue that for decades has caused tensions between the Holy See and Beijing. Beijing’s long-held insistence that it must approve appointments of bishops in China had thwarted improved relations between the two sides. The deal, announced Saturday … Continue reading ROME | Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

THE EVERGLADES, Fla. | Florida gov hopeful in Everglades airboat, talks environment

THE EVERGLADES, Fla.— Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis toured a section of the Everglades by airboat with a famed alligator wrestler Wednesday, seeking to broaden his voter appeal while vowing to combat the state’s top environmental woes. Former state wildlife commissioner, businessman and famed alligator wrestler “Alligator Ron” Bergeron served as the candidate’s guide. … Continue reading THE EVERGLADES, Fla. | Florida gov hopeful in Everglades airboat, talks environment

WASHINGTON | White House says it’s working to plan 2nd Trump-Kim meeting

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has received a request from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a follow-up to their historic June summit, and planning is in motion to make it happen. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that no details had been finalized. Trump had told reporters last week that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House says it’s working to plan 2nd Trump-Kim meeting

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s constitutional court on Friday unanimously upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s narrow victory in last month’s historic election after the opposition alleged vote-rigging, saying “sufficient and credible evidence” had not been produced. That means the inauguration will be held within 48 hours as Zimbabwe moves into a new era after Robert Mugabe’s 37-year … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win

WASHINGTON | Trump asks SEC to consider ending required quarterly reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s asking federal regulators to consider scrapping the requirement for public companies to report quarterly results, after business executives told him twice-yearly reports would make better economic sense. In a tweet early Friday, Trump said that after speaking with several top business leaders, he’s asking the Securities and Exchange … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump asks SEC to consider ending required quarterly reports