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The Latest: Australia says Pompeo prioritizes naming envoy

Apr. 26, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as secretary of state (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Australia's foreign minister says new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told her appointing an ambassador to Australia is "one of his highest priorities." Foreign Minister...

Kim says he, Moon are on starting line of new Korean history

Apr. 26, 2018 10:02 PM EDT

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world's most heavily armed border to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon...

3 key agenda items at closely watched Korea summit talks

Apr. 26, 2018 9:48 PM EDT

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — Friday's summit between the leaders of the rival Koreas won't be entirely focused on North Korea's nuclear weapons, though they will certainly top the agenda after the recent rapid progress North Korea has made. The meeting is a rare opportunity for the two men to discuss other...

US seeks to extradite 'El Chapo' case suspect from Caribbean

Apr. 26, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Canadian known as "Russian Mike" who has been charged in the drug trafficking case involving notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sought Thursday to block his extradition to the U.S. from the Caribbean. Mykhaylo Koretskyy, who was born in Ukraine, appeared before a...

Hunger striking ex-rebel leader hospitalized in Colombia

Apr. 26, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities say a former guerrilla leader arrested this month on U.S. drug trafficking charges has been hospitalized for ill health caused by a prolonged hunger strike. The former FARC leader better known by his alias Jesus Santrich has reportedly been on a hunger strike...

A look at verbal exchanges between Trump, Kim and Moon

Apr. 26, 2018 9:02 PM EDT

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump exchanged insults and threats of nuclear annihilation. Soft-spoken South Korean President Moon Jae-in struggled to be heard. And now Kim and Moon are meeting to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons ahead of Kim-Trump...

Trump says NKorea has made nuclear concessions before talks

Apr. 26, 2018 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un has made nuclear weapons concessions before even sitting down for talks, while the U.S. hasn't given up anything. Trump's assertions came before Friday's summit between North Korea and South Korea that's expected to pave...

Puerto Rico lawmakers introduce board's labor reform bill

Apr. 26, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — For the first time in Puerto Rico's history, legislators on Thursday introduced a bill created by a federal control board overseeing the island's finances that aims to impose austerity measures the U.S. territory's government has rejected. The bill would reduce vacation and...

Mattis foresees 're-energized' fight against IS in Syria

Apr. 26, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition is about to accelerate its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. The battle slowed in recent months after Syrian Kurdish fighters, who have been the main American proxy in eastern Syria, switched their...

Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe

Apr. 26, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo took over as America's top diplomat Thursday after being confirmed by the Senate and sworn in across the street minutes later. The new secretary of state immediately dashed off to Europe in an energetic start befitting the high-stakes issues awaiting him from Iran to North...