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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 ...

Amnesty urges ‘war crimes’ probe on UAE-run prisons in Yemen

By SAMY MAGDY, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and possible deaths in detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates and its allied militias in southern Yemen as potential war ...

US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — A former Lithuanian lawmaker appeared close to fainting in a Chicago federal courtroom Thursday as a judge refused to halt her extradition to her homeland, where she faces charges stemming from her claims about the existence of a ring ...

With V-for-Victory signs rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom

By STEPHEN WRIGHT and KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign Wednesday from their beds in a ...

Trump claims Germany ‘controlled’ by Russia, Merkel differs

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' ...

Neo-Nazi trial puts spotlight on fate of migrants in Germany

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — A German court found the main defendant guilty on Wednesday in a string of neo-Nazi killings more than a decade ago — a high-profile trial that raised fresh questions about the treatment of migrants at a time when Germany is grappling with ...

Chinese find suggests human relatives left Africa earlier

By EMILIANO RODRIGUEZ MEGA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Stone tools recovered from an excavation in China suggest that our evolutionary forerunners trekked out of Africa earlier than we thought. Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside Africa came from 1.8 ...

Bigger is better? NATO opens up to Macedonia as rifts linger

By JAMEY KEATEN and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO has invited Macedonia to start membership talks, a step toward adding its 30th member despite Russia's objection and a show of unity at a time of growing discord between the Trump administration and Europe. The invitation ...

No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — He didn't shove anyone this time, but President Donald Trump's body language during NATO events Wednesday suggested his relationships with key U.S. allies aren't exactly buddy-buddy. Trump started the day with a ...

After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team out of cave

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — "Everyone is safe." With those three words posted on Facebook the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand came to a close ...

Trump lands in Europe, says Putin ‘easiest’ of his meetings

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — With Europe's wary eyes upon him, President Donald Trump launched a weeklong trip there on Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the "easiest" leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with ...

UK prime minister seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Tuesday that her plan to retain close ties with the European Union "absolutely keeps faith" with voters' decision to leave the bloc, as she tried to restore government unity after the resignations of ...

Peter Carington, last survivor of Churchill govt, dies at 99

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Peter Carington, a long-serving British politician who was the last survivor of Prime Minister Winston Churchill's government, has died, the government said Tuesday. He was 99. The House of Lords website said he died Monday. Known for being ...

China lets Nobel widow go to Berlin after long house arrest

By GERRY SHIH and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — In the fall of 2010, Liu Xia traveled to a prison in northeast China to tell her husband, the dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo, that he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That was the last time she left home as a ...

4 ambulances leave Thai cave site on Day 2 of rescue

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Four ambulances on Monday left the area around the flooded cave in northern Thailand where members of a youth soccer team have been trapped for more than two weeks, suggesting that a total of eight of the ...

UK leader fills top Brexit post after shock resignation

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union insisted Monday that their divorce negotiations remain on track, after the resignation of the U.K.'s top Brexit official shook Prime Minister Theresa May's fragile grip on power. May appointed staunchly ...

Rescuers search for dozens still missing after Japan floods

By HARUKA NUGA and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Rescuers were searching for dozens still missing in southwestern Japan on Monday after heavy rains that left shocked residents returning to muddy homes unsure where to start the recovery and cleanup due to the extent ...