NKorea says Pence remarks were ‘stupid,’ willing to not meet

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Thursday recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were “stupid” and “ignorant” and again warned it was willing to pull out of a planned summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. Choe Son Hui,...
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Iran’s Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader is criticizing the U.S. over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing...
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Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning ‘slow, painful’

LONDON (AP) — Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday her recovery has been “slow and painful,” and that she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday. In her first appearance on camera since the...
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US Ambassador to Israel says Trump peace plan months away

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to Israel says the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan is months away. David Friedman spoke with Israeli media at the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He said the plan will be launched “within...
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Jewish group questions sainthood for WWII-era cardinal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican’s decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying the Polish primate was “extremely” hostile to Jews and failed to condemn a...
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Egypt detains activist blogger amid new wave of arrests

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting police abuse was detained on Wednesday, security officials said, the latest in a new wave of arrests following elections earlier this year. Wael Abbas was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb on...
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AP PHOTOS: Azerbaijan separatist region aims to end solitude

STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan (AP) — Most of the world is off-limits to Arshak Aghakaryan, a 14-year-old boy in the Azerbaijani separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The rows of gleaming computers at an after-school training center feed his hopes that he has a place in it. The...
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Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria has dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from the war-torn country. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad told Russia’s Sputnik news agency “this topic is not even on...
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Stunning fall of Malaysia’s Najib ushers in hopes of reform

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two weeks ago, Malaysia’s Najib Razak was supremely confident of being elected prime minister for a third term. Instead, in a dizzying political drama, he lost an unlosable election and spiraled into ever-deepening disgrace while...
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Body of Pakistani killed at Texas school arrives in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas arrived before dawn Wednesday in the port city of Karachi, where her family lived and where she was being buried. Sabika Sheikh was among 10...
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