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Opposition protesters block Armenia’s main airport

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Opposition protesters on Wednesday blocked the road leading from Armenia's capital, Yerevan, to its airport, as well as several subway stations and government ministries after their leader called for a national strike. The actions Wednesday follow the parliament's ...

Faux pas: France’s Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious’

By TREVOR MARSHALLSEA, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife? Whatever the case, ...

Morocco cuts ties with Iran over Sahara weapons dispute

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco severed relations with Iran Tuesday, accusing the Mideast country of providing funds, training and weapons to Polisario Front independence fighters in the disputed Western Sahara. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita ...

US delays decision on tariffs for EU, prolonging uncertainty

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and KEN THOMAS, AP Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for businesses in those ...

Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Workers and activists marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies to demand their government address labor issues. International Workers' Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to confrontations. A look at some ...

Burning building in Sao Paulo collapses; at least 1 dead

By PETER PRENGAMAN and ANDRE PENNER, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — An abandoned high-rise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed Tuesday, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighboring buildings and surrounding streets. Firefighters said ...

2 Koreas dismantle propaganda loudspeakers at tense border

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border on Tuesday, as South Korea's president asked the United Nations to observe the North's planned closing of its nuclear ...

Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court ...

Like a showman, Trump suggests DMZ for ‘big event’ with Kim

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a consummate showman, President Donald Trump began rolling the drum Monday for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, suggesting the "big event" take place in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas. That's where ...

Israel says documents prove Iran lied about nuclear program

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Monday unveiled what he said was a "half ton" of Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence, claiming it proved that Iranian leaders covered up a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal ...

South Korean leader says Trump ‘can take the Nobel’

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken off a suggestion that he receive the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump "can take the Nobel prize" as long as the Koreas receive peace in return. Moon made the ...

Double Kabul suicide bombing kills 25, including 9 reporters

By RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A coordinated double suicide bombing by the Islamic State group hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing at least 25 people, including nine Afghan journalists, officials said. An AFP photographer, a cameraman for ...

UK PM May replaces minister as immigration scandal widens

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday appointed the first ethnic-minority politician to the key post of home secretary, as the government struggled to contain a scandal over the mistreatment of long-term residents from the ...

Climate experts in Bonn seek to make Paris climate deal work

BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats and environmentalists are gathering in Bonn, Germany, to keep working on the rules governing the Paris climate accord. The talks starting Monday are part of preparations for December's global climate summit in Katowice, Poland, when the so-called Paris rulebook must ...

Pompeo says Israel, Palestinian peace still a US priority

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its planned move of ...

Swedish royals mum on report that man groped crown princess

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's royal household is staying mum about allegations that Crown Princess Victoria was groped years ago by the man reportedly at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy which awards the Nobel Prize in ...

Merkel gets much smaller platform on US visit

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Washington with the same message French President Emmanuel Macron delivered only days earlier: that America and Europe need to bury the hatchet on key issues, from global trade to international ...

Kim Jong Un will walk across border for summit with Moon

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a commemorative tree and inspect an honor guard together after Kim walks across the border Friday for their historic summit, Seoul officials said ...

Central American asylum-seeking caravan reaches US border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump. Two busloads arrived late Tuesday in ...

Trump’s travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, a move that would hand the president a major victory on a controversial signature ...