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Japan’s Abe: N. Korea should change course, end nuke program

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea should shift course and drop its nuclear program and missile tests to become a wealthier nation, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference for the new year, Abe told reporters Japan was watching to see the impact of sanctions ...

N. Korea reopens cross-border communications with S. Korea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of ...

Trump threat to cut aid to Palestinians carries risks

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — With a Twitter post threatening to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians, President Donald Trump has expressed his frustration over the lack of progress in his hoped-for Mideast peace push. But things could deteriorate even further if Trump ...

Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade US sanctions

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A banker accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions was convicted Wednesday in a case that strained ties between the United States and Turkey with its testimony about corruption at the highest levels of the NATO ally's ...

Iran says Trump’s ‘absurd tweets’ have incited disruption

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran charged Wednesday that the U.S. "has crossed every limit" in international relations by expressing support for Iran's anti-government protesters and said President Donald Trump's "absurd tweets" have encouraged disruption. In a ...

Kim says US should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

By ERIC TALMADGE and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year's ...

Trump slams Pakistan for ‘lies & deceit’ in New Year’s tweet

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for 'lies & deceit' in a New Year's Day tweet that said Islamabad had played U.S. leaders for 'fools.' 'No more,' Trump tweeted. Trump in his tweet said the U.S. had given Pakistan $33 billion in ...

Iran protests have violent night; at least 12 dead overall

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nationwide protests in Iran saw their most violent night as "armed protesters" tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, bringing the death toll in the unrest to at least ...

Australian diplomat’s tip a factor in FBI’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Australian diplomat's tip appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Saturday. Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told the diplomat, ...

Merkel sees Germany split over pace of social change

BERLIN (AP) — Germans have rarely been so divided about the changes taking place in their society, the country's long-time leader Angela Merkel said Sunday, adding in her New Year's address that she is committed to helping tackle the challenges of the future by swiftly forming a new ...