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

Jun. 20, 2019 11:11 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...

High-profile UK political defection highlights Brexit schism

Jun. 14, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A prominent British lawmaker who quit the Labour Party to try to form a new pro-European political force has moved on again, this time joining the centrist Liberal Democrats. Chuka Umunna's move is the latest sign of Brexit-driven cracks in Britain's established political order. Umunna and 10...

Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

Jun. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The...

Police: 2 ex-cops among 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

Jun. 7, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Four militants were killed in a gunbattle with government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including two counterinsurgency police officers who defected to fight with rebels in the disputed region, police said Friday. The fighting erupted late Thursday after police and soldiers...

North Korea calls Bolton 'war monger' over missile comment

May. 27, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "human defect" after he described its recent tests of short-range missiles as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The statement by an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry...

Papua New Guinea prime minister resigns after 7 years

May. 26, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has resigned after seven years on the job. His announcement Sunday follows weeks of high profile defections from his government to the opposition. O'Neill said in a news conference in the capital of Port Moresby that recent...

Navy: Sailor contacted Russians, pleads guilty to espionage

May. 24, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. sailor has pleaded guilty to two counts of espionage and was sentenced to three years after admitting he took classified information about the Navy's nuclear-powered warships and planned to give it to a journalist and then defect to Russia, officials said Friday. U.S. Navy Petty...

US agency scraps proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

May. 13, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration. The government said Monday the rule isn't needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily. The industry opposed the rule. It was...

Georgia high court hears appeal in election challenge

May. 7, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court is mulling whether to reverse a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of November's race for lieutenant governor in a case that focuses attention on the state's outdated voting machines. The lawsuit says tens of thousands of votes were never...

AP Exclusive: US missed chance to woo Venezuela generals

May. 4, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernández, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed visas...