International News

Hungary leader grapples with EU as corruption concerns rise

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has ...

UK leader to lawmakers: Back my deal or face lengthy delay

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that it would be "a potent symbol of Parliament's collective political failure" if a Brexit delay meant that the U.K. has to take part in May's European elections — almost three years after Britons voted to leave the ...

New Zealand citizens open to gun reform after massacre

By STEPHEN WRIGHT and KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand leader's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population. Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern said her Cabinet ...

Ethiopia mourns crash victims as plane’s ‘black box’ found

By ELIAS MESERET and YIDNEK KIRUBEL Associated Press EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as "an extra safety precaution" following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia ...

A shredded book, a passport: What 157 victims left behind

By YIDNEK KIRUBEL and CARA ANNA Associated Press EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — What little was left was heartbreaking: A battered passport. A shredded book. Business cards in many languages. Searchers in white gloves and canvas shoes picked their way through the scattered remains of Ethiopian ...

Iran’s Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani's election ...

Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded after crash

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes Monday after one crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after ...

Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian teenagers and lawyers held protests Monday, and workers held scattered walkouts, as their tense nation waits to see whether ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offers any concessions in the face of unprecedented ...

To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory in Syria, they have continued benefits like food and ...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn released after posting bail

By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Wearing a mask, cap and what looked like a construction worker's outfit, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, left a Tokyo detention center Wednesday after posting 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) bail. Although his face was ...

North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul's ...

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

By SHAMS SHAMIM and JULHAS ALAM Associated Press SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) — The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter's citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was ...

China says new law will bar demands for technology handover

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China will bar government authorities from demanding overseas companies hand over technology secrets in exchange for market share, a top economic official said Wednesday, addressing a key complaint at the heart of the China-U.S. trade ...

Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

By LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's plea to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union has gained support from outside his borders — and a good deal of skepticism from within. In a column published for Tuesday's ...

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

By MARIA CHENG Associated Press When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals. But in Sri Lanka, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a ...

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 ...