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Recreational marijuana effort falls short in Oklahoma

Aug. 21, 2018 7:06 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An effort to place recreational marijuana on Oklahoma's general election ballot in November has fallen more than 20,000 signatures short. Secretary of State James Williamson announced Monday that his office determined that supporters of the initiative gathered nearly 103,000 signatures...

US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

Aug. 21, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, the White House said. The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first...

Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

Aug. 21, 2018 5:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir told...

Taliban rockets hit near Kabul presidency; no injuries

Aug. 21, 2018 4:18 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fired a pair of rockets Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response with helicopter gunships bombing the house...

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...