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Canada-US reach deal to stay in trade pact with Mexico

By ROB GILLIES and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Canada was back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline. In a joint statement, ...

Police clash with Catalan separatists in Barcelona

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police clashed on Saturday with Catalan separatists in downtown Barcelona as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security ...

Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ‘devil’

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil," in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy. A Vatican statement ...

Over 380 killed in devastating Indonesia tsunami, quake

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — An earthquake-spawned tsunami swept away buildings and killed at least several hundred people on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, dumping victims across a devastated landscape that rescuers were struggling to reach ...

Via arms and trade, Russia plots long-term Syrian future

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over a demilitarized zone in Syria's last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a postwar ...

Trump to world leaders: China out to meddle in 2018 election

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Taking center stage at the United Nations, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of trying to interfere in the upcoming U.S. congressional elections because it opposes his tough trade policies. The White ...

UK investigative group: Spy poisoning suspect is GRU colonel

MOSCOW (AP) — An investigative group in Britain said Wednesday that it has identified one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the U.K. as a highly decorated colonel in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. The group, Bellingcat, said the suspect, whose ...

Happy news: Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

LONDON (AP) — British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly. The animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the whale is "able to move fast in the water and dive." Officials hope it will return to the open sea. The ...

Trump, at UN, backs separate states for Israel, Palestinians

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the first time since taking office, President Donald Trump endorsed a two-state solution as the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as he met Wednesday at the U.N. with Israeli Prime Minister ...

`UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

By ANGELA CHARLTON, MATTHEW PENNINGTON and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.'s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas ...

Archaeologists discover ‘massive’ ancient building in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a "massive" ancient building in the town of Mit Rahina, 20 kilometers, or 12 miles, south of Cairo. The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday archaeologists also uncovered an attached building that includes a large Roman bath and a chamber ...

Pope acknowledges abuse scandals outrage, drive people away

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JARI TANNER, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future ...

Macron’s presidency hurt by ex-aide flaunting gun in photo

BY ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A French investigative website has published a photo of one of President Emmanuel Macron's former security aides posing with a gun and a waitress during a campaign stop amid France's 2017 election — without any known authorization to be ...

UN to caution against populism in high-level week

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international ...

Syria: Everyone else’s battleground, in both war and peace

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same ...

Messy domestic politics overshadow Trump’s address to UN

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump charged into office on the resonance of his aggressive "America First" agenda, but now, as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy, he can't escape the growing shadows of domestic ...

Trump, at UN, to again confront North Korean nuclear threat

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ...

Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

By MOHSEN GANJI and NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press AHVAZ, Iran (AP) — In a collective outpouring of grief, Iranians held funerals Monday for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, the deadliest attack in the ...

US, China hike tariffs as trade row intensifies

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States imposed new tariff hikes on each other's goods Monday and Beijing accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that is weighing on global economic ...

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

HONG KONG (AP) — Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that ...