Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup

APTOPIX Russia Soccer WCup Germany Mexico

Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and...


Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018. There are 194 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother. On this date: In 1782,...


Giant crackdown against wildlife crime in 92 countries

Interpol Wildlife

PARIS (AP) — Nearly 100 countries took part in a globe-spanning crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade, seizing tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber in a monthlong bust that exposed the international reach of traffickers, Interpol said Wednesday. Officials also confiscated thousands of...


EU to tax Harleys, peanut butter and other US goods from Fri

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will start taxing on Friday a range of imports from the U.S., including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum. The 28-nation EU...


On North Korean side of DMZ, it's change in the air

APTOPIX North Korea Inside The DMZ

PANMUNJOM, North Korea (AP) — Lt. Col. Hwang Myong Jin has been a guide on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas for five years. He says that since the summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the presidents of South Korea and the United States, things...


Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

Germany Toxic Substances

BERLIN (AP) — A call from the public was key to foiling an Islamic extremist’s plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack in Germany, security officials said Wednesday. The head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency said a phone-in tip helped authorities confirm their...


Allies disappointed by 'big bang' of US walkout from UN body

UN Haley

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.‘s Human Rights Council resumed work Wednesday after a U.S. pullout that one Western diplomat called a “Big Bang” for the Geneva body, as Russia blasted the move by the Trump administration and key allies expressed disappointment. Critics and friends alike read the latest...


The Latest: US says others must help in world refugee crisis

Bosnia Balkans Migrants

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on global migration and World Refugee Day (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Trump administration says that “new actors” must step up to help in the global response to refugees. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will “will continue to be a world leader...


South Sudan's warring leaders set to meet face to face

South Sudan Civil War

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan’s warring leaders were set to meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar arrived in the capital of neighboring Ethiopia,...


Kim leaves China as S. Korea urges 'concrete' plan on nukes

China North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — South Korea urged North Korea on Wednesday to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on its leader Kim Jong Un as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a visit designed to convey the countries’ growing closeness. Kim and Xi held a...


Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea’s president announced Wednesday he is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia’s new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival. This is the first such delegation...

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