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Tillerson says Ukraine key sticking point in US-Russia ties

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship, suggesting that all other disputes were secondary. "The issue that stands in ...

Leaders of Turkey, Greece air grievances at tense conference

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Turkey publicly aired their grievances Thursday in a tense news conference as a two-day visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got off to a rocky start. The Greek government had expressed ...

On North Korea, senator says China a problem

By LAURIE KELLMAN and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States in dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump told the Associated Press during a wide-ranging ...

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House ...

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the ...

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters at home

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the ...

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of ...

Putin announces 2018 re-election bid, ends long speculation

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would seek re-election next year in a race he is poised to win easily, putting him on track to become the nation's longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin's ...

For Tillerson, a lonely job defending Trump’s Jerusalem move

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — It's a go-to catchphrase when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is called on to explain his boss on the world stage: "America first is not America alone." Yet as President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Tillerson ...

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It's the most ...