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Trump signs order punishing China on trade

By PAUL WISEMAN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday that paves the way for imposing tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese imports to punish Beijing for what he said is the theft of American technology and Chinese ...

Syrian rebels begin evacuating town in Ghouta enclave

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives began evacuating a key besieged town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, marking the first such rebel surrender from the bombed-out region east of Damascus. The departure of opposition ...

Sealed and delivered: Royal wedding invitations dispatched

LONDON (AP) — Time to check that mailbox. Kensington Palace said Thursday that invitations for the wedding between Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have been dispatched. Some 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at noon at St. George's Chapel at Windsor ...

Putin overwhelmingly wins another 6 years as Russian leader

By JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success." There had been no ...

Putin calls UK accusations over ex-spy poisoning ‘nonsense’

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russia's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning as "nonsense," but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation. In ...

Turkey-backed forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two months after launching their offensive ...

UK art teacher wins $1M teaching prize for inner city work

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British art teacher won a highly-competitive $1 million teaching prize on Sunday for her work with inner-city children in London, helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with one of the highest murder rates in ...

Russian vote problems: Ballot stuffing, coercion, gimmicks

By FRANCESCA EBEL, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Social networks buzzed all day Sunday with videos, photos and firsthand accounts of voting violations in Russia's presidential election. Election authorities said they will investigate all irregularities and annul results where needed. But ...

Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat

By ANGELA CHARLTON and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Britain's government ...

Russia readies to hand Putin new term in presidential vote

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election Sunday that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his ...