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Doubts over China trade war and rifts over Iran dominate G-7 summit of world leaders

Mixed signals over the trade war with China and rifts over Iran dominated the opening of the annual G-7 summit.


Drone war takes flight, raising stakes in Iran, U.S. tensions

A drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.


Trump sends mixed messages to China on trade war

President Donald Trump is sending mixed messages about the U.S.-China trade war as leaders at a global summit in France push him to ease frictions with Beijing over tariffs and …


High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite

A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and was headed to the building where leaders of the world’s major democracies have been debating for …


Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making long-shot GOP challenge to Trump

Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, has announced a challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.


Even before photo op of G-7 allies, sharp elbows come out

The posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Brazilian troops deploy in the Amazon to help fight fires that have swept parts of the region.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Boris Johnson prepares to take his place on world stage

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has endeavored to lead his country since he was a boy, will get his first moment on the world stage in his new role …


Strikes on Iran-backed militias threaten to destabilize Iraq

Strikes on Iran-backed militias threaten to destabilize Iraq


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Vladimir Putin orders Russia to respond after U.S. missile test

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to send army to contain Amazon fires

Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes.


Japan leader says SKorea canceling intel deal damages trust

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said South Korea’s decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence is damaging mutual trust, and he vowed to work closely with …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Discord dominates as Trump and other leaders plan G-7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, the host of this weekend’s Group of Seven summit, has publicly expressed hope that the G-7 leaders will reaffirm a shared commitment to democratic ideals and …


Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in

Hong Kong riot police faced off briefly with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants on supporters of …


As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation …


South African court restricts displays of apartheid-era flag

South Africa’s Equality Court on Wednesday restricted the display of the country’s old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination.


Greenland fallout: Trump’s canceled trip blindsides Denmark

The prime minister of Denmark said Wednesday she is “disappointed and surprised” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump’s idea of …


Uganda, Rwanda presidents agree to cease hostilities

The leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed on Wednesday to re-open the border between the two countries following a summit mediated in Angola, ending months of tensions that raised fears …


Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China’s pigs

Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world’s pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia’s pig herds.


China threatens retaliation over U.S. arms sale to Taiwan

China vowed retaliation against a proposed $8 billion U.S. sale of advanced fighter jets to Taiwan, threatening to impose sanctions on American firms participating in such a deal.


Two victims of mysterious Russian missile blast died of radiation sickness, report says

Two of the Russian specialists killed in the explosion at a White Sea missile testing range died not of traumatic injuries from the blast itself but of radiation sickness before …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Iceland’s leader won’t be around to welcome Pence

Iceland’s leader has announced she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep a prior commitment to attend a trade union conference …


Kashmir police say thousands detained in crackdown in region

At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curtail unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Italian premier to quit, blaming deputy for political crisis

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister who triggered a political crisis …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Hong Kong’s evolving protests: Voices from the front lines

On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching …


Police, protesters fill French beach resorts for G-7 summit

Thousands of French police are setting up checkpoints and combing Atlantic beaches to secure the southwestern coast for the world leaders who are coming for the G-7 summit this weekend.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

New explosion rocks arms depot north of Iraqi capital

Iraqi security officials say a large explosion has hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Police kill man who held bus passengers hostage in Rio

Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Russia restarts sharing radiation data, big questions linger

Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, an nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, …