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Maldives’ president concedes loss to opposition candidate

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom conceded that he lost Sunday's election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television Monday. Speaking in the Maldives' ...

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, ...

China looks unlikely to give in after US tariff hike

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over technology. Beijing promised to cut tariffs, open its auto industry and buy American exports. But none of that was what Trump wanted: An end to ...

UK’s Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that the U.K. will flourish with or without an agreement on its relationship with the European Union after it leaves the grouping next year. A "no-deal" Brexit is possible, he said in an ...

“Grand Theater”: Has N. Korea’s Kim won a propaganda coup?

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, ...

Review underway for Russia probe documents ordered released

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey's text messages. Trump ...

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the ...

Hope fades in Philippines for dozens buried in landslides

By JOEAL CALUPITAN and AARON FAVILA, Associated Press ITOGON, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of people believed buried in a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines probably did not survive, a mayor said Monday, although rescuers kept digging through mud and debris covering a ...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told ...

S. Korea’s Moon wants ‘heart-to-heart’ summit talks with Kim

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will push for "irreversible, permanent peace," and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, during "heart-to-heart" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this ...