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Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Donald Trump says "nothing bad ... maybe some good" will come out of Monday's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the meeting may actually achieve. Trump's national ...

Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing ...

Protests in southern Iraq to demand better services, jobs

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day on Sunday in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country's Shiite ...

What Trump and Putin hope to achieve at Helsinki summit

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — The outcome of the first summit between the unpredictable first-term American president and Russia's steely-eyed longtime leader is anybody's guess. With no set agenda, the summit could veer between spectacle and ...

S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student ...

Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents. The government's push came ...

NATO insists it’s united as Trump lashes allies over budgets

By LORNE COOK and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders pledged Thursday to stand united against foes like Russia despite a tumultuous summit that saw U.S. President Donald Trump rip into his allies for failing to boost defense spending, casting a dark cloud over the ...

Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with ...

After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — President Donald Trump traded one hot spot for another Thursday, leaving behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moving on to Britain, where he found a government in turmoil and sizable protests ...

Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump is all in for Winston Churchill during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president, paying his respects to an icon of American conservatives who coined the phrase the "special relationship." Trump ...