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UK ambassador resignation rare souring of relations with US

Jul. 10, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It all so seemed so rosy in the stately Anglo-U.S. garden, however forced, just a few weeks ago. President Donald Trump was being feted by British royalty and like-minded politicians, though the protesters decrying the American leader's visit were loud and in great numbers in London's...

Son of prominent South Korean defector moves to North Korea

Jul. 8, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-run...

Ex-Venezuela spy chief says Maduro ordered illegal arrests

Jul. 4, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cruising around Caracas in a convoy with five cellphones full of valuable contacts, Gen. Manuel Cristopher Figuera displayed trappings that befitted his reputation as a loyal soldier who rose from an upbringing in a dirt-floored hut to become Venezuela's spy chief. But as President...

The Latest: N. Korea leader seeks 'active response' in talks

Jun. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to North Korea (all times local): 7:15 p.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country has taken "many positive measures" over the past year, but hasn't received an "active response from the relevant party," an apparent reference...

High-profile UK political defection highlights Brexit schism

Jun. 14, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A prominent British lawmaker who quit the Labour Party to try to form a new pro-European political force has moved on again, this time joining the centrist Liberal Democrats. Chuka Umunna's move is the latest sign of Brexit-driven cracks in Britain's established political order. Umunna and 10...

Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

Jun. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The...

Police: 2 ex-cops among 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

Jun. 7, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Four militants were killed in a gunbattle with government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including two counterinsurgency police officers who defected to fight with rebels in the disputed region, police said Friday. The fighting erupted late Thursday after police and soldiers...

North Korea calls Bolton 'war monger' over missile comment

May. 27, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "human defect" after he described its recent tests of short-range missiles as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The statement by an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry...

Papua New Guinea prime minister resigns after 7 years

May. 26, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has resigned after seven years on the job. His announcement Sunday follows weeks of high profile defections from his government to the opposition. O'Neill said in a news conference in the capital of Port Moresby that recent...

Navy: Sailor contacted Russians, pleads guilty to espionage

May. 24, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. sailor has pleaded guilty to two counts of espionage and was sentenced to three years after admitting he took classified information about the Navy's nuclear-powered warships and planned to give it to a journalist and then defect to Russia, officials said Friday. U.S. Navy Petty...