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Putin: We're held hostage to political strife around Trump

May. 25, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday bemoaned troubled relations with the United States, saying Russia wants to improve them but is effectively held hostage by the disputes surrounding President Donald Trump. Putin's comments in a meeting with top editors of...

Iran seeks assurances on nuclear deal after US pullout

May. 25, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Iran will pull out of a landmark deal to stop the country from developing nuclear weapons unless it receives concrete guarantees that the economic incentives of the pact will be protected by the other parties, following the U.S. decision to unilaterally withdraw and Washington's threat of...

Monitor: Suspected Israeli strike targets Hezbollah in Syria

May. 25, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war-monitoring group said Friday that suspected Israeli strikes hit a military base overnight in central Syria housing fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah and others from factions allied with the Damascus government. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties at the...

Putin meets Macron, says North Korea summit end regrettable

May. 24, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said Thursday that North Korea fulfilled its promises ahead of the canceled summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. At a joint news conference at the Konstantin Palace...

US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government

May. 24, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Growing U.S. pressure on Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, including a new wave of sanctions targeting its top leadership, may hamper the formation of a new government that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri was overwhelmingly chosen to form on Thursday. Hariri's aim is to quickly...

Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

May. 24, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. In Damascus, the SANA news...

IAEA: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but could improve

May. 24, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Iran appears to be complying with a 2015 deal with major powers that was meant to stop it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday. The United States pulled out of the pact earlier this month, and...

China's Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat

May. 24, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that China welcomes German companies during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel that gives Beijing an opportunity to try to recruit an ally in its trade feud with U.S. President Donald Trump. Both China and Germany are embroiled in disputes with Washington,...

Merkel in China stresses dialogue on human rights, tech

May. 24, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday stressed the importance of dialogue with China during a visit to Beijing that comes amid shared concerns over trade with the United States and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel held morning discussions with Chinese Premier Li...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

May. 23, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ May 20 The Japan News questions if French President Emmanuel Macron can serve as a bridge between Europe and the United States: Can favorable relations with U.S. President Donald Trump be maintained and his excessive "America first" policy also...