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Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions Tuesday against two officials it describes as "key leaders of North Korea's unlawful weapons programs." The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any property or interests in property within U.S. ...

Syria rebels, opposition reject Russia-proposed talks

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and opposition groups on Tuesday rejected Russia's proposed peace talks, accusing Moscow of failing to pressure its ally, President Bashar Assad, to end the conflict. In a series of statements, 40 rebel groups, including some of ...

Kremlin: Russia election boycott campaign may be illegal

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin hinted Tuesday at possible legal repercussions for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny over his calls for a boycott of the March presidential election. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, wouldn't ...

UN operating budget cut by $285M; US claims credit for it

By The Associated Press The United Nations' budget is set to shrink by over $285 million next year — a 5 percent cut that the U.S. government says it negotiated. The U.N. General Assembly voted Sunday to approve the nearly $5.4 billion regular operating budget for 2018-2019. The ...

Catalan vote does little to clarify Spanish region’s future

By BARRY HATTON and ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's worst political crisis in decades showed few signs of abating Friday after Catalan separatist parties clinched a parliamentary majority in an exceptional election called by the country's prime minister, who ...

Russian hackers hunted journalists in years-long campaign

By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days ...

1st white farmer gets land back under Zimbabwe’s new leader

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press TANDI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A white Zimbabwean farmer evicted by the government of Robert Mugabe has returned to a hero's welcome as the first to get his land back under the new president, in a sign of reform on an issue that had hastened the country's ...

Peru’s president dodges impeachment over Odebrecht scandal

By FRANKLIN BRICENO and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski defied ardent calls by opposition lawmakers demanding his impeachment over ties to the Brazilian construction giant implicated in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal ...

UN denounces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, largely ignoring Trump's threats to cut off aid to any country that went against him. The ...

Pence: New US-Afghanistan strategy ‘already bearing fruit’

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swooped into Afghanistan for a secret meeting with Afghan leaders and a visit with U.S. troops, pointing to progress four months after President Donald Trump announced a new strategy to end a stalemate in ...

White House adviser says NKorea behind big ransomware attack

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday publicly blamed North Korea for a "careless and reckless" ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health ...

Following Trump’s report, China urges US to accept its rise

By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Tuesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to label Beijing a strategic rival and called on Washington to "abandon a Cold War mentality" and accept China's rise. Trump's decision reflects a "victory of ...

UN says there are 258 million international migrants today

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 258 million people have left their birth countries and are now living in other nations — an increase of 49 percent since 2000, says a U.N. report on international migration released Monday. The biennial report released on International Migrants Day said ...

US vetoes UN resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem decision

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that ...

Saudis intercept Yemen rebel missile targeting royal palace

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting a "top leadership" meeting at the royal palace ...

Rome’s Christmas tree ‘Mangy’ needled for heavy shedding

ROME (AP) — Rome's official Christmas tree is shedding needles so quickly it has become a jolly joke for city residents. The 21-meter- (70-foot-) high tree, which was lit up on Dec. 8, started dropping needles at a fast clip as soon as it was hoisted into the middle of bustling Rome's main ...

South Africa’s ruling party counts votes for new leader

By KRISTA MAHR, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Counting of votes for the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party has begun, after the polling took place through the night and Monday morning, with the new leader of Nelson Mandela's storied liberation ...

Report: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The ...

Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders' ...

Defiant Theresa May: UK ‘proving doubters wrong’ on Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government is "proving the doubters wrong" after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year. Leaders of the other 27 EU nations gave a boost to May on Friday ...