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Prince Philip to retire from royal duties

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the consort known for his constant support of his wife Queen Elizabeth II as well as for his occasional gaffes, will retire from royal duties this fall, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. Philip, 95, made the decision himself with the full support of the queen, ...

Missile test fails after UN meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby ...

Pope brings message of peace amid crackdown

CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis demanded that Egypt’s Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God’s name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world’s most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy. Brushing off ...

China: Korea situation critical

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s foreign minister says the situation on the Korean peninsula “is under great tension and at a critical point.” Wang Yi said the international community must stay committed to parallel progress on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and upholding ...

Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump dispute

SYDNEY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure Australia today the U.S. remains committed to the countries’ longtime alliance, as he tried to patch up relations left frayed when President Donald Trump got into a spat with Australia’s leader over a refugee resettlement ...

Paris gunman had long crime record

PARIS (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a police officer on the famed Champs-Elysees just days before the French presidential vote spent 14 years in prison, including for attacking other officers, Frances’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday — a criminal history that gave a jolt to ...

Trump says Paris attack will influence France’s election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking the unusual step of weighing in publicly ahead of a foreign presidential election, predicting that the latest attack in Paris will have a “big effect” on voters there. His tweet Friday comes as he tries to bolster U.S. support for ...

Trump has embraced autocratic leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump congratulated Turkey’s president for sweeping up more power. Trump hailed Egypt’s strongman as a “fantastic guy.” When China’s president visited the United States, Trump cited a burgeoning friendship and made no public mention of Beijing’s ...

Pence to NKorea: ‘Era of strategic patience is over’

PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP) — In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, “the era of strategic patience ...

Turkey vote to be challenged

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s main opposition party Monday prepared to contest the results of a landmark referendum that gave a narrow victory to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s long-time plans to greatly expand the powers of his office. Turkey’s electoral board confirmed the ...

Misdirected US strike killed 18 allied fighters in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A misdirected airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition earlier this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria, the U.S. military said Thursday. U.S. Central Command said coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner ...

US, Russia jab over Syria before talks in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with an ultimatum for Russia: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. It wasn’t clear what the punishment would ...

G-7 ministers aim to press Russia to stop backing Assad

LUCCA, Italy (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations met Monday to forge a response to the deadly chemical attack in Syria, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said they would consider imposing sanctions against Russian backers of President Bashar ...

Christians in Egypt bury dead after bombings

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Christians were burying their dead Monday after Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in attacks on Palm Sunday services in two cities, as a state of emergency went into effect amid fears of further violence. Women wailed as caskets marked with the ...

Can the president attack another country without Congress?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people. DID ...

Trump, Xi meet again

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the U.S-China trade imbalance as well as other points of tension between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are being overshadowed by the U.S. missile strikes on Syria. Nonetheless, the two leaders are meeting ...

US missiles strike Syria base

BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s ...

Rebel official says UN ‘responsible’ for deaths in attack in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A top Syrian rebel representative says he holds U.N. mediator Staffan De Mistura “personally responsible” for the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 people in northern Syria one day ago. Mohammad Alloush, the rebels’ chief negotiator at ...

Protests in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Security forces violently repressed small protests that broke out in Venezuela’s capital Friday after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from foreign governments. Governments across ...

Ford hires 400 for Canadian connected-vehicle research

TORONTO (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from software company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, company officials said Thursday. Ford said the Ottawa research center is part of ...