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Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

By CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a ...

Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A mummified body discovered near the site of a former royal mausoleum in Iran may be the remains of the late Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty and the father of the country's last shah. The recent find ...

Business and pleasure on menu for Macron’s second day in US

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington. The pageantry of Macron's official ...

Armenia’s leader quits amid protests, saying ‘I was wrong’

By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years, resigned Monday as prime minister after thousands of people poured into the streets to protest his political maneuvering to cling to power in this former Soviet republic. The stunning ...

Aimed at China, Trump’s tariffs are hitting closer to home

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home. The Commerce Department has received more than ...

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his ...

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week. Lavrov noted that despite the escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington, the U.S. ...

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza ...

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health ...

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued. As shouts of "chlorine, chlorine!" rang out, some ran into the night and fainted in the street. ...

Cuban state media say new president to be elected Wednesday

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly will elect a new president on Wednesday and announce the replacement for Raul Castro the next day, an unusual two-day process that will install someone from outside the Castro family in the ...

Trump says ‘good relationship’ formed with North Korea

By MATTHEW LEE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. Mike Pompeo's highly ...

Korean leaders can discuss peace, but can’t end Korean War

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. One problem: There can be no real talks without the ...

Delays keep inspectors from reaching Syria attack site

BEIRUT (AP) — International inspectors were still waiting to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria on Wednesday, as the U.S. accused the Syrian government and its ally Russia of trying to cover up the evidence. It has been 11 days since the alleged attack on Douma, a ...

Saudi Arabia to show ‘Black Panther’ to mark cinema opening

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is to hold a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next ...

Destruction, traumatized residents in Syrian town of Douma

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Two days after Syrian troops declared Douma liberated from rebel fighters and 10 days since a suspected chemical attack, a tour of the town just east of Damascus on Monday revealed widespread destruction and traumatized residents who ...

France’s Macron: EU must reform to fight rising nationalism

By SYLVIE CORBET and JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged the European Union to reform itself to offer better protection for its citizens in a world troubled by wars and authoritarian regimes. The 40-year-old ...

Trump to host Japan’s Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs

By JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will play host to Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago this week amid growing strain between the two countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ...

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and ...

US, UK say Russia targets internet hardware for espionage

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer Washington and London on Monday jointly accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage. The two governments said the Russian operations, which allegedly involve planting malware on ...