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The Latest: Trump agrees with Kim on Biden's "low IQ"

May. 27, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Japan (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump sided with North Korea's Kim Jong Un and continued to criticize former Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden — this time on the world stage. Trump said in response to...

Trump breaks with Abe, says not bothered by NK missile tests

May. 27, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is not "personally bothered" by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry Abe, who stood beside...

Militants hit army post in northwest Pakistan, kill soldier

May. 27, 2019 2:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military said Monday militants attacked an army post in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan where ethnic tensions have recently flared up with minority Pashtuns, triggering a shootout that killed a soldier. It remained unclear who was behind the attack late Sunday on the...

North Korea calls Bolton 'war monger' over missile comment

May. 27, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" after he called the North's recent tests of short-range missiles a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama's gains for vets

May. 27, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. Trump said he passed a private-sector health care program, Veterans Choice, after failed...

Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between its allies Iran, US

May. 26, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers steadily unravels. Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed al-Hakim, made the offer Sunday during a joint news conference...

The Latest: Saudi airport targeted by Yemen rebel drone

May. 26, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (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): 5:20 a.m. Saudi Arabia says a bomb-carrying drone launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted another airport in the kingdom amid a series...

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

May. 26, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand's most influential political figures over four decades, died Sunday at age 98. A statement from the palace said Prem died of heart failure at Bangkok's Phra Mongkutklao hospital,...

The Latest: Trump to meet Japan's emperor, talk with Abe

May. 26, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local): 2:20 a.m. Monday After a day spent playing golf and watching sumo wrestling, President Donald Trump gets down to more formal business Monday during his trip to Japan. He's set to become the first head of state to meet...

Sumo diplomacy: Abe courts Trump with burgers, golf, more

May. 26, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It was a day of sumo-sized diplomacy. Plenty of world leaders have tried to butter up President Donald Trump with flattery and favors. Japan's Shinzo Abe on Sunday raised the bar for all of them. First Abe treated his friend to a round of golf (with tweeted selfie). Then the prime minister...