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Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

Apr. 21, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now it's President Donald Trump's turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive. Wined and dined on multiple state visits during his tour of Asia last year, Trump is paying it forward and celebrating nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relations by playing host to President Emmanuel Macron at...

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2 suspected bombers

Apr. 21, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of building bombs, as large protests against the new government entered their second week in the capital. Thousands of demonstrators on Saturday closed off streets in Yerevan during a...

Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Apr. 21, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Trump announced Saturday on Twitter...

State media: Saudi security forces respond to small drone

Apr. 21, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi state media is reporting that security forces responded to a small drone flying over a neighborhood in the kingdom's capital after online videos circulated purporting to show the area ringing with small-arms fire. The state-run Saudi Press Agency wrote on Twitter...

Iranian foreign minister wants "respect" from US

Apr. 21, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the U.S. government of arrogance and belligerence, saying that Washington needed "a change in attitude" before any meaningful negotiations can begin over several U.S. citizens being held prisoner in Iran. "It is important... for the...

Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Apr. 21, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country's leader. Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island's government earlier...

Barbara Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

Apr. 21, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was remembered as the "first lady of the greatest generation" during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled the church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family. Former...

The Latest: Barbara Bush procession arrives at Texas A&M

Apr. 21, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A funeral procession has entered the campus of Texas A&M University for the burial of former first lady Barbara Bush. The motorcade left Houston following a private funeral attended by...

The Latest: Mnuchin cautiously optimistic on trade

Apr. 21, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the global finance meetings in Washington (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The International Monetary Fund's policymaking committee says a strong world economy is threatened by increasing tension over trade and a heavy global debt load. Officials say longer-term global prospects...

Hungary: Anti-government rally focuses on media freedom

Apr. 21, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Hungary for the second consecutive Saturday, this time against the media policies and campaign against civic groups pursued by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. Opposition parties from across the political spectrum participated in...