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US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill. In an emailed ...

Pompeo: US will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration will take ...

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his ‘digital monster’

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg's "digital monster," and he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, ...

Italy: PM pick had library pass, no official status at NYU

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A law professor put forward as Italy's next premier faced suspicions Tuesday that he overstated his academic credentials, including referring on his resume to seven summers of studies at New York University that turned out to involve only ...

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

By DESMOND BUTLER and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He ...

US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

By ZEKE MILLER and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the U.S. summit with North Korea on track even after President Donald Trump abruptly said "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned. "The fate ...

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit ...

Pompeo issues steep demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a steep list of demands Monday that he said should be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal, threatening "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't change ...

Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Embattled socialist incumbent Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a landslide in a disputed vote marred by irregularities and mass absenteeism that led his main rivals to call for a rerun to ...

Britain basks in royal wedding afterglow; grave gets bouquet

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Unwilling to kiss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding goodbye just yet, Britain basked Sunday in the scale of the spectacle as major broadcasters kept scenes from the royal nuptials on repeat along with fresh interviews with the bride's ...

Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with ...

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to ...

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

By DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared ...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his ...

Iraq’s al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The ...

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

By SCOTT SMITH and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation ...

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific ...

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and BERT WILKINSON, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired ...

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wed in Windsor as millions watch

By GREGORY KATZ, DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press WINDSOR, England (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gazed into each other's eyes and pledged their eternal love Saturday as they married at St. George's Chapel in front of hundreds of celebrity guests and millions of viewers ...

It’s all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press Like every good royal wedding, it was all about the hats, the dresses and the posh tails, with some standouts in the rush inside at Windsor Castle. Amal Clooney was undeniably regal in a mustard yellow dress with a long tie in back that bordered on a train ...