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South Korea stops paintings brought from North Korea

Jan. 16, 2019 5:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under U.N. sanctions. Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal...

Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

Jan. 14, 2019 6:34 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump's threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey's economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America's commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish...

Cambodian PM says Western sanctions would hurt opposition

Jan. 14, 2019 6:27 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that if Western countries impose threatened economic sanctions on his country, it would cause the death of the country's political opposition. Hun Sen, speaking at a road groundbreaking ceremony, was referring mostly to plans by the...

South Korean leader urges bolder steps from North Korea, US

Jan. 10, 2019 5:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged North Korea to take bolder disarmament measures that the United States should then reward, suggesting Thursday he wants harsh sanctions lifted so Seoul can eventually restart dormant economic cooperation projects with its neighbor. Moon...

Kim looking to 'achieve results' in 2nd summit with Trump

Jan. 10, 2019 4:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly told the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula during a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The comments, contained in Chinese state media reports...

Kim Jong Un travels to China ahead of possible 2nd US summit

Jan. 8, 2019 6:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to meet Tuesday with China's president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim's trip, announced earlier by both...

North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrives in Beijing for talks

Jan. 7, 2019 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday at the start of a four-day visit, in what's likely an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump that could happen early this year. A long motorcade including motorcycle...

Iran's health minister resigns over proposed budget cuts

Jan. 3, 2019 6:40 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV says the health minister has resigned over spending cuts in a budget submitted to parliament last week. It says President Hassan Rouhani accepted Health Minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi's resignation on Thursday. Iran is in the grip of an economic crisis and has seen...

Kim ready to talk more with Trump but says not to test North

Jan. 1, 2019 1:20 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warned Washington not to test North Koreans' patience with sanctions and pressure. During his televised New Year's speech, Kim said he's...

Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

Dec. 30, 2018 9:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia's leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn't moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that...