International relations

Jacinda Ardern talks to reporters Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister and hopes to take the country on a more liberal path following nine years of rule by the conservatives. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
October 20, 2017 - 1:13 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week. After nine years of conservative rule, liberal Jacinda Ardern was confirmed as the nation's next prime minister on...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, photo, video showing Chinese President Xi Jinping handling an assault rifle is shown at an exhibition highlighting China's achievements under five years of his leadership at the Beijing Exhibition Hall in Beijing. Xi is channeling a red-blooded nationalism as he seeks to strengthen the Communist Party's role in Chinese life and assert Beijing's rise as a global superpower. Xi's muscular foreign policy could become even more assertive following this month's party congress, where he's expected to get a second five-year term as party secretary general. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
October 20, 2017 - 12:33 am
BEIJING (AP) — In this summer's "Wolf Warrior II," Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People's Liberation Army. Audiences loved what became China's biggest-grossing movie ever. Some reportedly sang...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. European Union leaders are gathering for a two day summit to discuss migration, digital economy and Brexit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
October 20, 2017 - 12:19 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Brexit is Europe's big worry but isn't the only global problem that the leaders of 28 EU nations are trying to resolve at their latest summit. Here's a look at what the leaders are grappling with at meetings that resume Friday: BREXIT BURNOUT British Prime Minister Theresa May came...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting of the European People's Party prior to an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. European Union leaders are gathering for a two day summit to discuss migration, digital economy and Brexit. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
October 19, 2017 - 7:37 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early Friday that European Union leaders have agreed to reduce financial assistance for helping Turkey get ready for possible EU membership due to that country's violations of the rule of law and human rights. But Merkel also stressed that she...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to a European Union summit Thursday with a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
October 19, 2017 - 7:25 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to match her goodwill pledges to boost Brexit negotiations with concrete proposals if she really wants to start discussing a future trade deal by December. May used a dinner at a Brussels summit of the 28-...
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In this Oct. 16, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens to a questions prior to speaking to members of the media in the Rose Garden of the White House. Trump is proving to be an erratic trading partner as he kicks thorny policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal on a short-term health care fix this week is the latest example to leave Republicans and Democrats alike scratching their heads. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
October 19, 2017 - 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care is the latest example, and it's left Republicans...
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This image provided by Chris Allen shows the view in Havana, Cuba, from his hotel room - room 1414 - at Hotel Capri in April 2014. Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke of invisible attacks hitting a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs, just minutes after he climbed into bed at the same hotel. Those weren’t the only parallels in Allen’s recounting, which put him in a growing list of Americans with no government connections, asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too? (Chris Allen via AP)
October 19, 2017 - 4:48 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while answering questions at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
October 19, 2017 - 2:32 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises. Asked at a forum of foreign policy experts if Russia is...
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Youths sit as fishermen sail into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Israel expanded the fishing zone for Gaza's fishermen from six nautical miles to nine miles for the two-month season. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
October 19, 2017 - 1:14 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy said on Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government, it must renounce violence and commit to negotiations with Israel — demands the Islamic militant group has always rejected. Jason Greenblatt's statement was the...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while answering questions at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
October 19, 2017 - 1:02 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia believes a standoff over Catalonia's independence has been spawned by Western double standards in treating secessionist movements. Speaking Thursday at a...
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