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Amid harsh criticism, Trump tries a tougher tone on Russia

Jul. 19, 2018 12:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent a second day managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements. His toughness with the longtime American foe in question, Trump said...

Japan's June trade surplus jumps, while US dealings slip

Jul. 19, 2018 12:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade surplus jumped 66 percent year-on-year in June on strong growth in shipments to China and other Asian countries, though exports and imports with the U.S. weakened. Preliminary data released Thursday by the Finance Ministry showed exports rose 6.7 percent in June from a year...

Asian stocks drift as investors await fresh moves on trade

Jul. 19, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were drifting Thursday in mixed trading as investors awaited further moves in global trade disputes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 added 0.2 percent to 22,839.59, while South Korea's Kospi shed 0.2 percent to 2,285.99. Hong Kong's Hang Seng edged 0.1...

North Korea hasn't met its promise to return US war remains

Jul. 19, 2018 12:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of...

US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

Jul. 19, 2018 12:40 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — National Intelligence Director Dan Coats' drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump's pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable — and perhaps perilous — seat in the administration. Trump's remarks...

Top Democrats shy away from using word 'treason' with Trump

Jul. 19, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he's being blackmailed by Russia. But that he committed treason? That's too far for some leading Democrats worried about...

White House, State at odds over Putin's interview proposal

Jul. 19, 2018 12:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. Even as the White House said the offer,...

The Latest: Trump says he told Putin to end election hacking

Jul. 18, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on continuing reaction to President Donald Trump's summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin (all times local): 5:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says in an interview with CBS News that he told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States won't tolerate election...

OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua

Jul. 18, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Organization of American States adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning human rights abuses committed by Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians since protests against President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April. The resolution, which was adopted 21-3 with seven...

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

Jul. 18, 2018 9:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition...