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Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The highest-level Chinese envoy to North Korea in two years arrived in the country's capital on Friday to try to improve relations that have soured over Beijing's tightening of sanctions and expressions of support for U.S. President Donald Trump's calls for more ...

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, ...

Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

By COLLEEN BARRY and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, who was serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate both rivals and Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down Cosa ...

Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival U.S. and Russian resolutions to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria were defeated Thursday at a heated Security Council meeting that reflected the deteriorating ...

Iraqi forces retake the country’s last IS-held town

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq's territory, the Defense ...

Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid pressure to exit

By FARAI MUTSAKA and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, even as the military announced "significant progress" on talks for his departure and ...

Zimbabwe army has Mugabe, wife in custody, controls capital

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state ...

China sending envoy to North Korea following Trump visit

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Following President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile ...

When child sex isn’t rape: French to set age of consent

PARIS (AP) — Is a 13-year-old old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time. Twice in recent weeks, French courts have refused to prosecute men for rape after they had sex with ...

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

By ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian ...