International News

Xi Jinping’s rise shatters hopes for democracy in China

By YANAN WANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Orville Schell, a longtime China expert, has vivid memories of his first trip to the country back in 1975. Mao Zedong was leading China through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, and Chinese were being shamed, beaten and even killed for ...

In Russia, suspicions over spy’s poisoning point to Britain

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Since a former Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned in Britain a week ago, suspicions about Russia's possible handiwork have run high — except in major Russian news outlets, where fingers point in the other direction. Sergei ...

Search is on for the best summit site for Trump, Kim

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev chose Reykjavik, Iceland. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin huddled at Yalta. Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev will always have Paris. So where should President ...

France: New name on agenda of Le Pen’s far-right party

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — What's in a name? For French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a lot. Le Pen wants to change the name of the National Front, the party co-founded by her father in 1972. The proposal she plans to make at a party congress Sunday symbolizes the ...

Critics silenced ahead of China’s move to end Xi term limits

By GERRY SHIH and YANAN WANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The day China's ruling Communist Party unveiled a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely as Mao Zedong did a generation ago, Ma Bo was so shaken he couldn't sleep. So Ma, a renowned writer, wrote a social ...

UN: Some rape victims of Islamic State ‘like living corpses’

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for sexual violence in conflict who just returned from Iraq said Friday she found "a gross lack" of support for women and girls who were raped and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State extremists, and survivors ...

Turnbull says US set to grant Australia tariff exemption

By TREVOR MARSHALLSEA, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — The U.S. appeared set to grant Australia an exemption from its new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports following discussions between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Trump this week exempted Canada and Mexico ...

S. Korean president says talks won’t ease pressure on North

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday downplayed concerns that the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue will be accompanied by an easing of international sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear ...

US greets talk of NK nuke concessions with hope, skepticism

By ROBERT BURNS and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greeted North Korea's reported willingness to negotiate away its atomic weapons with both hope and skepticism Tuesday, insisting a potential diplomatic breakthrough be tested against the North's long ...

Russian plane crash in Syria kills 39 servicemen

By ZEINA KARAM and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military quickly insisted the plane was not shot ...