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Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Jun. 20, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, though they disputed the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot...

The Latest: N. Korea leader seeks 'active response' in talks

Jun. 20, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to North Korea (all times local): 7:15 p.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country has taken "many positive measures" over the past year, but hasn't received an "active response from the relevant party," an apparent reference...

World shares rise on hopes for US-China truce, Fed outlook

Jun. 20, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets advanced Thursday on hopes for a trade truce between the United States and China and the Federal Reserve's hint at lower rates. The price of oil surged amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Confirmation of a meeting between President Donald Trump and his...

The Latest: US military denounces Iran's 'unprovoked attack'

Jun. 20, 2019 7:52 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): 3:35 p.m. The U.S. military's Central Command has confirmed that Iranian forces shot down a U.S. drone, an RQ-4 Global Hawk, saying the downing took...

China rejects threats, tariffs as way to resolve trade war

Jun. 20, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China warned Thursday that threats and tariffs will not resolve trade tensions between the two biggest economies and blasted Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for his criticism of technology giant Huawei over patents. Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said Thursday that its "core concern" over mutual...

Oil shippers boost security after attacks on tankers in Gulf

Jun. 20, 2019 7:18 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...

Putin faces gripes in call-in show about living standards

Jun. 20, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin faced a litany of complaints about low living standards during a marathon call-in show Thursday, promising to boost wages and pensions and boost social programs. More than 1.5 million people have sent their questions by phone, video calls or email. For the people...

The Latest: Putin won't budge to win sanctions respite

Jun. 20, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin's annual call-in show (all times local): 1:45 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will not compromise on its core interests to win a respite from Western sanctions. Putin admitted that the U.S. and the European Union sanctions have cost Russia an estimated $50...

American charged with spying in Russia appeals to Trump

Jun. 20, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An American man kept behind bars in Russia on spying charges on Thursday appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for help. Paul Whelan was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow at the end of December and charged with espionage, which carries up to 20 years in prison in Russia. The former U.S....

China's Xi Jinping holds talks with Kim Jong Un in N. Korea

Jun. 20, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The leaders of China and North Korea met in the North's capital on Thursday, their fifth meeting in 15 months, with stalled nuclear negotiations with Washington expected to be on the agenda. China's official Xinhua news agency reported that the talks in Pyongyang between Chinese President Xi...