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EU ambassador: Trump Cuba policy worries European companies

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration's crackdown on business with Cuba's communist government is causing unprecedented concern among European companies on the island, according to the European Union's ambassador. "There's enormous worry," Ambassador Alberto Navarro told The Associated Press. "There are...

Seoul lawmaker: Top Kim Jong Un adviser removed from post

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser has been removed from one of his posts, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, a reshuffle that if confirmed may be related to the breakdown of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi in February. The head of parliament's...

North Korea's Kim upbeat as he arrives for Putin summit

Apr. 24, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Smiling and upbeat, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped off his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia on Wednesday for a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting that comes amid deadlocked diplomacy over Kim's nuclear program. Kim,...

UK and Irish leaders attend funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

Apr. 24, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The killing of journalist Lyra McKee must be a turning point for Northern Ireland, a priest said Wednesday at a funeral service attended by British and Irish leaders alongside mourners in superhero T-shirts and bright Harry Potter scarves. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister...

Man pleads guilty to shipping lizards from Philippines to US

Apr. 24, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who smuggled rare lizards from the Philippines to the U.S. by hiding them in socks and placing them inside electronic equipment has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Derrick Semedo pleaded guilty in Boston on Tuesday to trafficking in protected wildlife...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

Apr. 24, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming. As the investigation into Sunday's Islamic State-claimed...

Sri Lanka asks for resignations of top security officials

Apr. 24, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the...

Philippine president threatens to return garbage to Canada

Apr. 24, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has threatened to ship containers of garbage back to Canada and dump some at the country's embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don't take back waste that Filipino officials say was illegally shipped to Manila years ago. More than 100 containers of...

Russia offers quick citizenship in Ukraine's separatist area

Apr. 24, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree to expedite applications for Russian citizenship by Ukrainians living in separatist-held areas, a move that could shatter hopes for peace in the region following the election of a new Ukrainian president. The decree published on...

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

Apr. 24, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones sued the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprived him of his right to travel and restricted press freedom. Kosuke Tsuneoka was stopped at Tokyo's Haneda airport in...