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Trump defends Kim, downplays missile threat

May. 26, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In an apparent contradiction of his national security adviser, President Donald Trump on Sunday downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him in comments sure to unnerve Japanese leaders. Trump also said North Korea's Kim Jong Un's...

Lithuania presidential hopefuls: tone down Russia rhetoric

May. 25, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The two contestants in Lithuania's runoff election for a new president have one thing in common: They want to maintain the strict tone toward neighboring Russia, while easing sometimes harsh rhetoric. Gitanas Nauseda, a prominent economist, and Ingrida Simonyte, a former finance...

North Korea calls Biden 'fool of low IQ' over Kim criticism

May. 22, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency on...

Search warrants tied to former Trump lawyer Cohen released

May. 22, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Michael Cohen's numerous contacts with a Russia-linked company and a sudden flow of foreign money into a bank account he controlled that led federal investigators to look into whether the money might be part of a plan to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia, according to court filings...

Russian opposition leader's associate jailed for 20 days

May. 22, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top associate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 20 days in jail in connection with an unsanctioned protest rally last year. Leonid Volkov was sentenced late Wednesday on charges of violating the rules for holding a rally. Navalny is an anti-corruption...

Russian city cancels cathedral construction after protests

May. 22, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The governor of Russia's Urals region said Wednesday that a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park will be cancelled after protests that drew nationwide attention. A new site will be chosen. Unsanctioned demonstrations in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg were...

Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

May. 22, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of Africa's best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday. The Kenyan author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, told The...

Poland's Kaczynski says Le Pen's party 'linked to Moscow'

May. 22, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's nationalist ruling party leader said political groupings in some European Union states, including Marine Le Pen's party in France, are "obviously linked to Moscow and receive its support." Jaroslaw Kaczynski's comment in the Gazeta Polska weekly that was published Wednesday...

The Latest: Merkel, Macron and Putin discuss Iran situation

May. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 11:40 p.m. The German government says Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed the...

Ukraine's president calls new parliamentary election

May. 21, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine's parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his supporters into parliament. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old TV comedian who won 73% of the...