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Iran says ‘idiotic’ new US sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as President Hassan ...

Fiancee of slain Saudi journalist urges UN action in killing

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi took her campaign for justice in his killing to the United Nations' top human rights body Tuesday and urged the U.N. to take "the next step" following a key investigator's finding that Saudi Arabia ...

Turkey’s leader vows to heed ‘messages’ of Istanbul election

By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In his first public appearance since a crushing defeat in a rerun election for mayor of Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to draw lessons and make adjustments in line with "the messages given by the ...

Workshop on US economic plan for Palestinians kicking off

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Amid heavy skepticism and deep doubts about prospects for success, the Trump administration on Tuesday was convening an international conference to promote its ambitious but harshly criticized $50 billion economic support plan for ...

Scientists successfully transfer 1st test tube rhino embryo

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Europe said Tuesday they've successfully transferred a test tube rhino embryo back into a female whose eggs were fertilized in vitro, as part of an effort to save another nearly extinct sub-species of the giant horned mammal. The ...

Plotter of failed Ethiopia coup killed, 182 others arrested

By ELIAS MESERET and ANDREW MELDRUM Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian army general accused of leading a failed coup in a restive northern region was killed Monday in a firefight with security forces amid a security crackdown in which more than 180 others have been ...

Pompeo in Mideast talks on building a coalition against Iran

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks Monday with the Saudi king and crown prince about countering the military threat from Iran by building a broad, global coalition that includes Asian and European ...

Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

By GRAHAM DUNBAR and DANIELLA MATAR AP Sports Writers LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Italy will host the 2026 Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, taking the Winter Games to the Alpine country for the second time in 20 years. International Olympic Committee members voted for the ...

Alerts issued in France as intense heat wave envelops Europe

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The sunset had an orange glow and so does the new heat alert level for Paris. More than half of France, including around Paris, was placed on an orange alert for intense heat Monday — the second-highest level on the scale — as very hot ...

1 pilot dies, 1 survives after German fighter jets collide

BERLIN (AP) — A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany, the military said. The pilot of the other Eurofighter jet was able to eject safely and survived, the German air force said. The two unarmed ...

What China, North Korea are looking to achieve with summit

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi ...

Ex-rival backs Boris Johnson in UK leadership race

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A former candidate to lead Britain's Conservative Party threw her support behind front-runner Boris Johnson on Tuesday, bolstering his lead as lawmakers prepared to eliminate at least one contender from the race to become prime ...

Hong Kong leader: Extradition bill unlikely to be revived

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader apologized Tuesday for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated it will not be revived during the current legislative session. But Chief Executive Carrie Lam did not formally ...

Test of resolve, credibility in US-Iran nuclear deal fallout

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of resolve and credibility for the United States and Iran, the two adversaries have taken steps sure to further inflame tensions in the Mideast and draw them closer to a flashpoint. Iran announced it was breaking compliance ...

Porous border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press MPONDWE, Uganda (AP) — Several well-trodden paths crisscross this lush area where people walk between Congo and Uganda to visit nearby family and friends and go to the busy markets. The problem is that the pedestrians may unknowingly be carrying the ...

South of D-Day beaches, another slaughter is remembered

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press CHAMBOIS, France (AP) — In the spring that followed the terrible battle, the grass grew especially thick and green, fertilized by thousands of corpses that had been plowed into mass graves. It's hard now — nearly 75 years later, overlooking wheat fields ...

Trump eases up, makes nice with May before she steps down

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, KEVIN FREKING and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Making nice at the end, President Donald Trump eased up Tuesday on his frequent criticisms of outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May over her handling of the tortured Brexit deal, declaring that history ...

World Bank downgrades its forecast for global economy

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank on Tuesday downgraded its forecast for the global economy in light of trade conflicts, financial strains and unexpectedly sharp slowdowns in wealthier countries. The bank, an anti-poverty agency, expects the world economy ...

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

By MATTHEW LEE and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island's communist ...

Trump says GOP would be ‘foolish’ to block Mexico tariffs

By LISA MASCARO, LUIS ALONSO LUGO and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that fellow Republicans would be "foolish" to block the tariffs he's threatening on Mexican imports, but GOP senators fearing a new trade war were ...