US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

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The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...


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China calls US withdrawal of drills invite 'unconstructive'

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BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday criticized as “unconstructive” Washington’s withdrawal of an invitation for it to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer. A statement on the ministry’s website said the move would do nothing to change China’s...


Spain issues arrest warrant for rapper convicted over lyrics

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain have issued an arrest warrant for a Spanish rapper sentenced to prison for lyrics that praised terror groups and insulted the royal family. A prosecutor’s statement says Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, a 24-year-old rap singer and composer from Palma de Mallorca best...


Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the West African nation’s foreign minister said Thursday, in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage. Burkina Faso’s decision means Taiwan is recognized as a...


Sessions: US, Balkans to boost cooperation vs. extremism

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the United States is seeking to boost its partnership with Balkan nations in fighting extremism and organized crime. Sessions said Thursday in Croatia that cooperation already has yielded results but more can be done. He met with law...


China's Tencent: Tech world must tackle privacy concerns

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PARIS (AP) — China’s biggest tech company says the industry needs to tackle users’ privacy concerns and the risks posed by advancing technologies. Seng Yee Lau, senior executive vice president of Tencent, told The Associated Press on Thursday that tech companies should invest more in education. The...


Spanish ruling party fined in major corruption case

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MADRID (AP) — The conviction of more than two dozen Spanish businesspeople and officials in a major corruption scandal triggered political turmoil Thursday after the court ruled that the country’s governing party benefited from the biggest kickbacks-for-contracts scheme in four decades of...


Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018, an announcement likely to further ratchet up tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Avigdor Lieberman’s office said in a...


Report: Several hurt in Turkish explosives factory blast

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish media report says an explosion has occurred at a government-owned explosives factory in the outskirts of Ankara. The private Dogan news agency says several people were hurt in Thursday’s blast at the explosives plant located in the Elmadag district. There was no...


Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. In Damascus, the...

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