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El Salvador, Taiwan break ties as China isolates island foe

Aug. 21, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. The break in ties means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation...

Indonesia: Lombok quakes don't meet national disaster status

Aug. 21, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's disaster agency says earthquakes that killed more than 500 people on the island of Lombok in the past month and caused half a billion dollars in damage don't rise to the level of a national emergency. The agency's response to criticism, released Monday evening, strikes...

States aim to stop internet release of 3D-printed gun plans

Aug. 21, 2018 12:33 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. The federal agency had tried to stop a Texas company from...

Asian shares gain despite doubts over US-China trade talks

Aug. 21, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday amid doubts about the prospects for resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.3 percent in morning trading to 22,273.82 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.9 percent to 2,268.16. Hong Kong's...

UK asks for more US sanctions on Russia after poisoning case

Aug. 21, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom is asking the Trump administration to impose further sanctions on Russia in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain. In advance excerpts from his first speech in the U.S. as the U.K.'s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt...

AP Explains: Reunions of war-split Korean kin are emotional

Aug. 20, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the first time in three years, elderly North and South Korean relatives separated during the chaos of the 1950-53 Korean War are meeting at the North's scenic Diamond Mountain, where they'll embrace their loved ones after decades apart. Here are several things to know about...

UK asks for more Russia sanctions after poisoning case

Aug. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom is asking the Trump administration to impose further sanctions on Russia in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain. In advance excerpts from his first speech in the U.S. as the U.K.'s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt...

Brazil rules out closing border to Venezuelan immigrants

Aug. 20, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil won't close its border with Venezuela despite tensions that led to attacks on migrants who had fled to the border town of Pacaraima in the northern state of Roraima, an official said Monday. Institutional Security Minister Gen. Sergio Etchegoyen told a news conference that closing...

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey

Aug. 20, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained. There were no casualties in the fleeting attack, in which three of...

German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

Aug. 20, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten. He was guided at the somber site in...