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From Israel, Pompeo arrives in Beirut for two-day meetings

Mar. 22, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Lebanon, the last leg of a Mideast tour that took him to Kuwait and Israel. Pompeo is scheduled to meet with a host of Lebanese officials, including allies of the Iran-backed Hezbollah during the two-day visit, his first as secretary of...

EU shows united front on Brexit, loss of confidence in May

Mar. 22, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders took back control of the Brexit process from British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying Friday they believe the risks were too great and that action was needed to protect the smooth running of the world's biggest trading bloc. May's mantra since the Brexit referendum...

Syria slams Trump statement on Israel sovereignty in Golan

Mar. 22, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday the statement was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus...

Grenade thrown at Russian Consulate in Greece; no injuries

Mar. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Assailants suspected of belonging to a left-wing militant group threw a hand grenade at the Russian Consulate in Athens on Friday, causing minor damage and no injuries, Greek authorities said. Police sent a bomb disposal team to the consulate after cameras showed two people on a...

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

Mar. 22, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. Thursday's blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China's worst...

Seoul: North Korea withdrew staff from liaison office

Mar. 22, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from an inter-Korean liaison office in the North on Friday, Seoul officials said. The development will likely put a damper on ties between the Koreas and complicate global diplomacy on the North's nuclear weapons program. Last month, the...

China's leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal

Mar. 22, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy's U.S. and European allies. Xi will be received Friday by President Sergio...

Asian stocks mixed on doubts over US-China trade deal

Mar. 22, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index was 0.1 percent lower at 3,097.81 while the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.1 percent to 2,186.95. Australia's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 6,195.20....

NZ's foreign minister arrives in Turkey for Muslim summit

Mar. 22, 2019 2:37 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister is attending an emergency session of an umbrella organization of Muslim nations in Turkey after a gunman killed 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation. Winston Peters was in Istanbul on Friday for the 57-member Organization of Islamic...

The Latest: Dutch PM: Britain could walk out without deal

Mar. 22, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1 a.m. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it to seek more time under any circumstance. Rutte said that "they can say, in theory, that on 12th of April we are getting...