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US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

Jun. 23, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War. U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll also said Saturday that 158...

Mattis to visit China as Taiwan, S. China Sea tensions rise

Jun. 23, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea, is visiting Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing's expanding military presence overseas. Mattis will be the first defense...

Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

Jun. 23, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them. It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the National...

Syria army widens offensive on rebel-held areas in southwest

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops advanced on rebel-held areas in the country's southwestern region amid intense clashes Saturday, state media and opposition activists said, in a widening offensive that has shattered a U.S.-backed truce. Syrian State news agency SANA reported fierce clashes in...

Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah

Jun. 23, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Taliban militants chose a religious scholar as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike. Mohammad...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed claims on immigration, economy

Jun. 23, 2018 9:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth when it comes to the impact of his administration's policy regarding separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. He falsely suggests that a newly signed executive order will permanently solve the problem of separations by...

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

Jun. 23, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican. Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he...

The Latest: US prepares coffins for Korean War remains

Jun. 23, 2018 9:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on preparations for the return of the remains of U.S. soldiers who have been missing since the Korean War (all times local): 10:05 p.m. The U.S. military says it has moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the...

Trump tries to change focus of border debate

Jun. 23, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to cast doubt Friday on wrenching tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing "phony stories of sadness and grief" while asserting the real victims of the nation's immigration crisis are Americans killed by those who cross...

AP Fact Check: Trump's take on immigrant crime off mark

Jun. 23, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump got some crime and immigration statistics right Friday but was off the mark on others in an appearance with those he calls "angel families" — people who lost loved ones at the hands of those living in the country illegally. A look at how his statements...