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From Israel, Pompeo arrives in Beirut for two-day meetings

Mar. 22, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Lebanon, the last leg of a Mideast tour that took him to Kuwait and Israel. Pompeo is scheduled to meet with a host of Lebanese officials, including allies of the Iran-backed Hezbollah during the two-day visit, his first as secretary of...

Imam says New Zealand is broken-hearted but not broken

Mar. 22, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain — an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day...

EU shows united front on Brexit, loss of confidence in May

Mar. 22, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders took back control of the Brexit process from British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying Friday they believe the risks were too great and that action was needed to protect the smooth running of the world's biggest trading bloc. May's mantra since the Brexit referendum...

Syria slams Trump statement on Israel sovereignty in Golan

Mar. 22, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday the statement was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus...

Grenade thrown at Russian Consulate in Greece; no injuries

Mar. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Assailants suspected of belonging to a left-wing militant group threw a hand grenade at the Russian Consulate in Athens on Friday, causing minor damage and no injuries, Greek authorities said. Police sent a bomb disposal team to the consulate after cameras showed two people on a...

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

Mar. 22, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. Thursday's blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China's worst...

Seoul: North Korea withdrew staff from liaison office

Mar. 22, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from an inter-Korean liaison office in the North on Friday, Seoul officials said. The development will likely put a damper on ties between the Koreas and complicate global diplomacy on the North's nuclear weapons program. Last month, the...

Man in north China drives into pedestrians, killing 6

Mar. 22, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A man who tried to kill his wife and daughter crashed his car into pedestrians in northern China on Friday, killing six of them, authorities said. Cui Lidong, 44, was then shot dead by police in Zaoyang city in northern Hubei province. The restaurant owner had attempted to kill his wife and...

China's leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal

Mar. 22, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy's U.S. and European allies. Xi will be received Friday by President Sergio...

The Latest: Mass funeral held to bury 26 slain in N. Zealand

Mar. 22, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 5 p.m. Thousands of people have gathered for a mass funeral to bury 26 of the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. The funeral is taking place at a Muslim cemetery where more than a...