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Russian FM tells Pompeo: Russian’s arrest ‘unacceptable’

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister has held a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he complained about the Americans' arrest of a Russian woman on allegations of being a covert agent. U.S. prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate ...

Margaret Thatcher’s spouse not happy about McCartney invite

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig. But that wasn't the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street. Newly released papers show that the late husband of former ...

Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

By ZEKE MILLER, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first ...

US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

By MATTHEW LEE and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two ...

Nicaragua’s president celebrates crackdown on opposition

By LUIS MANUEL GALEANO, Associated Press MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega used Thursday's 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack ...

Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s power grid

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to strengthen the rickety ...

Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr. Bumbum’ after patient dies

By MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado on Thursday, five days after he went on the run following the death of a patient he gave injections to enlarge her buttocks. Known as "Dr. Bumbum" — ...

Did Trump and Putin agree to anything? Only they know

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may have reached several historic agreements at their summit in Finland this week. Or, they may not have. It depends on who you talk to. Three days later no one was quite sure. With no details emerging ...

Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Donald Trump says "nothing bad ... maybe some good" will come out of Monday's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the meeting may actually achieve. Trump's national ...

Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing ...

Protests in southern Iraq to demand better services, jobs

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day on Sunday in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country's Shiite ...

What Trump and Putin hope to achieve at Helsinki summit

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — The outcome of the first summit between the unpredictable first-term American president and Russia's steely-eyed longtime leader is anybody's guess. With no set agenda, the summit could veer between spectacle and ...

S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student ...

Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents. The government's push came ...

NATO insists it’s united as Trump lashes allies over budgets

By LORNE COOK and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders pledged Thursday to stand united against foes like Russia despite a tumultuous summit that saw U.S. President Donald Trump rip into his allies for failing to boost defense spending, casting a dark cloud over the ...

Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with ...

After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — President Donald Trump traded one hot spot for another Thursday, leaving behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moving on to Britain, where he found a government in turmoil and sizable protests ...

Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump is all in for Winston Churchill during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president, paying his respects to an icon of American conservatives who coined the phrase the "special relationship." Trump ...

Amnesty urges ‘war crimes’ probe on UAE-run prisons in Yemen

By SAMY MAGDY, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and possible deaths in detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates and its allied militias in southern Yemen as potential war ...

US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — A former Lithuanian lawmaker appeared close to fainting in a Chicago federal courtroom Thursday as a judge refused to halt her extradition to her homeland, where she faces charges stemming from her claims about the existence of a ring ...