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Ukraine calls up reservists amid rising tensions with Russia

By YURAS KARMANAU and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying Monday that the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian ...

Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking. Forged over grilled sirloin at the Group of 20 ...

Gorbachev lauds Bush for political abilities, character

By MATTHEW BODNER, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday expressed his "deep condolences" to the family of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and all Americans following his death. Gorbachev worked closely with Bush to bring an end to the Cold ...

At G-20, possible ‘breakthrough’ seen after all-night talks

By ANGELA CHARLTON, PETER ORSI and LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — All-night talks at the Group of 20 summit have resulted in a possible "breakthrough" on fixing the global trading system, European diplomats said Saturday as the gathering entered its ...

French protesters clash with police in Paris; 107 arrested

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Protesters angry about rising taxes clashed with French police for a third straight weekend and more than 100 were arrested Saturday. Pockets of demonstrators built makeshift barricades in the middle of streets in central Paris, lit fires, ...

May faces more Brexit woes after UK minister quits

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of Brexit said Saturday that the prime minister's compromise agreement would leave Britain outnumbered and outmaneuvered in future negotiations with the ...

Ukraine stops 100 Russians from entering amid entry ban

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's border service says that around 100 Russian citizens have been denied entry into the country since an entry ban for adult Russian males was announced. Border guards' spokesman Andrei Demchenko has told Ukrainian television Saturday that "the vast majority of ...

Putin blames Ukraine for standoff, boosts defenses in Crimea

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed the latest standoff with neighboring Ukraine on the presidential ambitions of Ukraine's leader, as the Russian military announced it was boosting its defenses ...

Scientist claiming gene-edited babies reports 2nd pregnancy

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world's first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway. The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, revealed the possible pregnancy Wednesday while ...

Kremlin says it expects Putin-Trump meeting to go ahead

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia said on Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned. Trump, in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, said he may cancel the sit-down with Putin ...

World faces ‘impossible’ task at post-Paris climate talks

By FRANK JORDANS and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print. The euphoria of 2015 has given way to sober realization that getting an agreement ...

Mexico to up border security after migrants try to cross

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico looked set to shore up security near its border with the United States on Monday, as police lined up outside a shelter in the city of Tijuana and told Central American migrants they couldn't walk toward the border ...

After dispute with Russia, Ukraine imposes martial law

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and EFRAM LUKATSKY, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what its president called "growing aggression" from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean ...

Global trade is at stake as Trump and Xi come face to face

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he was made for a moment like this: A high-stakes face-off. A ticking clock. A cagey adversary. The man who calls himself a supreme dealmaker will have the opportunity this week to put himself to ...

Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the ...

Russia blocks passage in Kerch Strait after Ukraine incident

By MATTHEW BODNER, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has blocked passage through the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water nestled between Crimea and the Russian mainland, after three Ukrainian navy ships made what the Russian coast guard has called an unauthorized crossing through ...

France to assess financial impact of clashes over fuel tax

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister has said he will meet with the country's employers' federation and retailers to assess the economic impact of violent clashes with police over fuel tax hikes. Police bulldozers and garbage trucks cleaned up rubble on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, a day ...

AP Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China's growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars' worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the ...

US man wrote ‘God sheltered me’ before trip turned deadly

By ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the ...

Saudi crown prince on 1st trip abroad since Khashoggi killed

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, on his first tour abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. The prince, who ...