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China sets robust growth target to shore up cooling economy

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China announced a robust annual economic growth target and a 7.5 percent rise in military spending Tuesday as it convened an annual legislative session overshadowed by a tariff war with Washington. Seeking to defuse U.S. and European ...

Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

By KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S. allegations that its equipment poses a national security ...

FBI adds an anti-bribery squad focusing on South America

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to crack down on money laundering and bribes to overseas governments, the FBI is stepping up its efforts to root out foreign corruption with a new squad of agents based in Miami. The squad will focus its efforts ...

US says closing consulate in Jerusalem no policy shift

By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de ...

Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the ...

UK, EU to hold more Brexit talks as May woos opposition

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Senior European Union and British officials are set to hold more Brexit talks less than a month before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the bloc, as U.K. officials denied Monday that attempts to seal a divorce deal are ...

Hopes for missing Yazidis dim as Islamic State defeat looms

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — Baseh Hammo was 38 when she was enslaved by militants of the Islamic State group. Raped and abused, she was sold 17 times among members of the so-called "caliphate," and moved from city to city across a vast stretch of territory IS once ...

Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A year since effectively making himself China's leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, a trade war with the United States and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. As China's ...

Egypt railcar crash, fire at central Cairo station kills 25

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — A locomotive crashed into a barrier at Cairo's main train station at high speed on Wednesday, causing its fuel tank to explode and triggering a huge fire, leaving at least 25 people dead, officials said. Railway officials said the single ...

Trump, Kim open second nuclear summit with handshake, smiles

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, FOSTER KLUG and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, leaders of nations with a long history of hostilities, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles and friendly banter before sitting down ...

Australian Cardinal Pell to spend his first night in prison

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Victorian state ...

Nigeria’s president is re-elected, but challenger rejects it

By CARA ANNA and KHALED KAZZIHA, Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa's largest democracy early Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance to tackle gaping corruption, ...

Pakistan says 2 Indian warplanes downed, 2 pilots captured

By ROSHAN MUGHAL and AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured two pilots, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last ...

Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much "fire and fury" and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ...

China’s Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Reporter BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — China's Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung. Huawei revealed its Mate X phone on ...

Clean up begins on Venezuela-Colombia border after unrest

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan migrants on Sunday helped clean debris from a bridge where troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro a day earlier fired tear gas on activists trying to deliver humanitarian aid in violent clashes ...

Prince Harry, Meghan back education for girls in Morocco

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press ASNI, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, flew up to a village in Morocco's rugged Atlas Mountains on Sunday to visit a school and encourage girls to pursue an education no matter what the obstacles. Harry and the pregnant ...

Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with "the wrath of God" felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this ...

Israel-Central Europe summit canceled

By VANESSA GERA and ARON HELLER, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked ...

Netanyahu’s Nazi remark prompts Poland to nix Israel summit

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment about Poland and the Holocaust has overshadowed a summit of central European leaders this week in Israel and on Monday Poland pulled out of the gathering in protest. Poland's abrupt ...