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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 ...