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US-China trade talks center on rivalry over technology

By GILLIAN WONG and KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A high-powered U.S. delegation arrived in Beijing on Thursday for talks with Chinese officials on defusing tensions that are propelling the world's two largest economies toward a trade war. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is ...

Opposition protesters block Armenia’s main airport

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Opposition protesters on Wednesday blocked the road leading from Armenia's capital, Yerevan, to its airport, as well as several subway stations and government ministries after their leader called for a national strike. The actions Wednesday follow the parliament's ...

Faux pas: France’s Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious’

By TREVOR MARSHALLSEA, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife? Whatever the case, ...

Morocco cuts ties with Iran over Sahara weapons dispute

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco severed relations with Iran Tuesday, accusing the Mideast country of providing funds, training and weapons to Polisario Front independence fighters in the disputed Western Sahara. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita ...

US delays decision on tariffs for EU, prolonging uncertainty

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and KEN THOMAS, AP Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for businesses in those ...

Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Workers and activists marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies to demand their government address labor issues. International Workers' Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to confrontations. A look at some ...

Burning building in Sao Paulo collapses; at least 1 dead

By PETER PRENGAMAN and ANDRE PENNER, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — An abandoned high-rise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed Tuesday, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighboring buildings and surrounding streets. Firefighters said ...

2 Koreas dismantle propaganda loudspeakers at tense border

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border on Tuesday, as South Korea's president asked the United Nations to observe the North's planned closing of its nuclear ...

Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court ...

Like a showman, Trump suggests DMZ for ‘big event’ with Kim

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a consummate showman, President Donald Trump began rolling the drum Monday for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, suggesting the "big event" take place in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas. That's where ...