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The Latest: Iranian commander: Downed drone a message to US

Jun. 20, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the shooting down of a U.S. drone has sent "a clear message" to America. Gen. Hossein Salami...

Oil shippers boost security after mysterious attacks in Gulf

Jun. 20, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised fears over the safety of one of Asia's most vital energy trade routes, where about a fifth of the world's oil passes through its narrowest at...

Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program

Jun. 20, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a new poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs...

China's Xi holds talks with Kim Jong Un in North Kora

Jun. 20, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The leaders of China and North Korea were talking in the North Korean capital Thursday, with stalled nuclear negotiations with Washington expected to be on the agenda. Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down for talks in Pyongyang, China's official Xinhua...

Biden not apologizing for remarks on segregationist senators

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the two major black candidates in the contest, roundly criticized Biden's...

APNewsBreak: Texas says Rapid DNA supplier jeopardizes cases

Jun. 20, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in Texas...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

AP Interview: Border official says aid needed to save lives

Jun. 20, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez fell ill in a holding facility at the U.S.-Mexico border, he was diagnosed with the flu and given medication, then sent back to a cell to recuperate on a concrete bench. But Carlos didn't get better. The Guatemalan migrant died May 20 from flu...

China says Interpol ex-president confesses to bribe taking

Jun. 20, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Former Interpol President Meng Hongwei confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Meng read a statement containing the confession at a...

Dominican AG: Ortiz shooting result of mistaken identity

Jun. 19, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday. The Dominican Republic's attorney general and national...

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China's Xi holds talks with Kim Jong Un in North Kora

Jun. 20, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The leaders of China and North Korea were talking in the North Korean capital Thursday, with stalled nuclear negotiations with Washington expected to be on the agenda. Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down for talks in Pyongyang, China's official Xinhua...

Malaysia rejects Russian involvement in MH17 downing

Jun. 20, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has rejected the implication that Russia may have been involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014. Mahathir says he doesn't think the findings of an international investigative team "is true at all" as...

Asian shares gain, Shanghai up 2.4%, on Fed rate cut talk

Jun. 20, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares are higher with the Shanghai benchmark up 2.4% on hopes that a meeting between President Donald Trump and his counterpart Xi Jinping next week might help ease trade tensions. The Thursday tracked modest gains on Wall Street. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.6% to 21,462.86 while...

Turkish court hands down life sentences in coup trial

Jun. 20, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court in Ankara has sentenced several people accused of being the ringleaders of the 2016 failed military coup to life terms in prison. Anadolu Agency says those sentenced on Thursday include Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander and Ali...

Insect-eating plant found in Maryland for first time

Jun. 20, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — An insect-eating plant has been found in Maryland for the first time. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources tells news outlets that botanists recently confirmed the discovery of dwarf sundew, the smallest native species of sundew in the United States. It was found in open areas...

The Latest: Iranian commander: Downed drone a message to US

Jun. 20, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the shooting down of a U.S. drone has sent "a clear message" to America. Gen. Hossein Salami...

China says Interpol ex-president confesses to bribe taking

Jun. 20, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Former Interpol President Meng Hongwei confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Meng read a statement containing the confession at a...

Revolutionary Guard commander says while Iran has no intention of war with anyone, it's 'ready for war'

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Revolutionary Guard commander says while Iran has no intention of war with anyone, it's 'ready for war'

The Latest: China, North Korean leaders hold talks

Jun. 20, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to North Korea (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The leaders of China and North Korea are holding talks in the North Korean capital. China's official Xinhua News Agency said President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down...

Pakistani officials: Bodies of 2 Chinese climbers found

Jun. 20, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani mountaineering officials say a search team has spotted the bodies of two climbers, one from China and the other from Hong Kong, who went missing last week while scaling a peak in northern Pakistan. The officials say the two died amid harsh winter weather. Their bodies were...