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Israel says it will expand response if Gaza clashes go on

By FARES AKRAM and ARON HELLER, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel will target "terror organizations" in Gaza if violence along the territory's border with Israel drags on, the chief military spokesman warned Saturday, a day after thousands of Palestinians staged protests ...

IOC president says Kim committed to Tokyo, Beijing Olympics

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Friday and said the North Korean leader is committed to having his country participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Bach told an ...

Trump’s talk of a Syria pullout nothing new

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's unscripted remark this week about pulling out of Syria "very soon," while at odds with his own policy, was not a one-off: For weeks, top advisers have been fretting about an overly hasty withdrawal ...

Russia mourns victims of deadly mall fire in Siberia

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff across Russia on Wednesday as the country mourned 64 victims — many of them children — of a shopping mall fire in Siberia. The blaze engulfed the four-story mall in the eastern city of Kemerovo on Sunday ...

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data ...

Trump: Good chance NKorean leader will do ‘what is right’

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday there's "a good chance" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "do what is right for his people and for humanity" and make moves toward peace. In a pair of morning tweets, Trump says he received a ...

Kim, Xi portray strong ties after NKorea leader’s China trip

By GILLIAN WONG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the ...

Mysterious train sparks speculation of Kim visit to Beijing

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and MARK SCHIEFELBEIN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A mysterious armored train made a round trip from North Korea to Beijing without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong Un on board? Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korea's reclusive leader or another ...

Thousands rally, distraught over Russian shopping mall fire

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Distraught and angry, thousands of Russians took to the main square of a Siberian city Tuesday to confront local officials whom they blamed for a shopping mall fire that killed at least 64 people, most of the children. President Vladimir ...

Syrian media say evacuations from eastern Ghouta increasing

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The exodus of Syrian rebels and civilians from the eastern suburbs of Damascus continued on Tuesday for the sixth straight day in what is shaping up to be one of the largest organized population transfers in the country's seven-year-long civil ...