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US to accuse Iran of violating chemical weapons treaty

Nov. 16, 2018 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to accuse Iran of violating an international treaty that bans chemical weapons, two U.S. officials said Friday. The officials said the administration plans to announce next week that Iran is not complying with the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which...

Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit

Nov. 16, 2018 12:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won support for her beleaguered Brexit deal Friday from key politicians and business groups, but she remained besieged by internal party opponents determined to oust her. In a tumultuous week, May finally clinched a divorce deal with the European Union...

Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause

Nov. 16, 2018 12:04 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq began piping oil from its fields around the disputed city of Kirkuk on Friday, more than a year after exports were halted over troubles with the autonomous Kurdish administration north of the country. The region will export between 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day through...

Theresa May: A resilient politician facing a tough fight

Nov. 16, 2018 10:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — As Cabinet ministers quit and lawmakers demanded her resignation, cricket-loving British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned the spirit of one of her sports heroes. Asked by a reporter "how many wickets need to fall" before she was out, May spoke of her admiration for Geoffrey Boycott, a...

Near Irish border, the Brexit drama is followed with alarm

Nov. 16, 2018 9:52 AM EST

NEWRY, Northern Ireland (AP) — Families and business owners near the Irish border that separates the U.K. from the rest of the EU are watching in apprehension as political chaos in London threatens to torpedo a Brexit deal that aims to avoid a return of customs checks and possible sectarian violence to the...

World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions

Nov. 16, 2018 7:30 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets were subdued on Friday as trade tensions and political risks surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union kept investor cautious. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC lost 0.2 percent to 5,021 while Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent at 11,344. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.3...

UK's defiant May tells critics it's her Brexit deal or chaos

Nov. 15, 2018 3:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into "deep and grave uncertainty." Britain's long-simmering divisions over its future in the...

South Korea dismantles guard posts with dynamite, excavators

Nov. 15, 2018 3:34 PM EST

CHEORWON, South Korea (AP) — South Korea exploded one of its own front-line guard posts Thursday, sending plumes of thick, black smoke into the sky above the border with North Korea, in the most dramatic scene to date in the rivals' efforts to reduce animosities that sparked last year's fears of war. Last...

The Latest: UK's May vows 'to see this through' on Brexit

Nov. 15, 2018 12:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says if politicians reject her Brexit deal, it will set the country on "a path of deep and grave uncertainty." Defiant in the face of mounting criticism, May said Thursday...

US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

Nov. 15, 2018 6:32 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit. "It's easiest not to take sides when everybody...