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UAE says 4 ships targeted by ‘sabotage’ off its coast

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that four commercial ships off its eastern coast "were subjected to sabotage operations," just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at a nearby ...

US-China talks break up after US raises tariffs

By PAUL WISEMAN and KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trade talks between the U.S. and China broke up Friday with no agreement, hours after President Donald Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump asserted on Twitter that there was "no ...

UN: Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts

GENEVA (AP) — Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged ...

US moving Patriot missile battery to Mideast to counter Iran

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region. The ...

Venezuela’s Guaidó promises to persevere despite crackdown

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is looking to jumpstart his movement to oust Nicolas Maduro in the wake of last week's failed military uprising, promising to persevere in the face of a deepening crackdown. In an ...

Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz ...

Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. Rev. ...

Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

By PHILIP ISSA Associated Press YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq (AP) — After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq's famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate ...

Venezuelans take to streets as uprising attempt sputters

By SCOTT SMITH and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead ...

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killer case

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' justice minister on Thursday resigned over the case of a serial killer who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls amid mounting reports that police had bungled their investigation when some of the victims were initially reported missing. A ...