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UK leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she may give Parliament a greater role in implementing her controversial Brexit deal as she sought to rescue the agreement from a widely expected defeat. May's efforts to win support came as ...

Paris riots over fuel taxes dim hopes for climate fight

By SETH BORENSTEIN and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The "yellow vests" in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But ...

Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won’t be wiped out

By IVANA BZGANOVIC, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine say they expect substantial advances toward treating cancer in the next several decades, although it is unlikely the disease could be eradicated. James Allison of the United States and ...

Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accord

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty task Tuesday of finalizing the rules for the Paris accord, a landmark agreement by countries three years ago to curb global warming. The 2015 accord set a goal of ...

Macron caves in to French protesters — too late, they say

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The French government caved in after the worst riots in decades and delayed an increase in energy taxes Tuesday — but it was seen as "too little, too late" by many protesters whose anger seems increasingly focused on embattled President ...

US warns Russia it is ready to abandon key nuclear pact

By LORNE COOK and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States warned Russia Tuesday it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark nuclear missile treaty or Washington will abandon the pact, raising concern about Europe's future security. At NATO talks in Brussels, ...

Israeli operation targets Hezbollah cross-border tunnels

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military launched an open-ended operation Tuesday to destroy what it said was a network of attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, saying it had foiled a plot by the Iranian-backed militant group to carry out a deadly infiltration ...

UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament dealt Prime Minister Theresa May's government two bruising defeats on Tuesday, even before lawmakers began an epic debate that will decide the fate of May's European Union divorce deal — and of her ...

White House hails China trade truce as skeptics raise doubts

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and BLAKE NICHOLSON, AP Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to ...

UN chief: Climate change is “most important issue we face”

By FRANK JORDANS and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the ...

French paramedics, students join cost-of-living protests

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Anti-government protesters gained new allies Monday as French paramedics and students joined ongoing rallies while the prime minister met with political rivals in a bid to ease the anger following riots that rocked Paris. Facing the most ...

Qatar to pull out of Saudi-dominated OPEC amid Doha boycott

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced Monday it will withdraw from OPEC in January, a rebuke of the Saudi-dominated cartel as the kingdom's boycott of Doha continues unabated and a crucial meeting of the ...

Ukraine calls up reservists amid rising tensions with Russia

By YURAS KARMANAU and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying Monday that the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian ...

Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking. Forged over grilled sirloin at the Group of 20 ...

Gorbachev lauds Bush for political abilities, character

By MATTHEW BODNER, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday expressed his "deep condolences" to the family of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and all Americans following his death. Gorbachev worked closely with Bush to bring an end to the Cold ...

At G-20, possible ‘breakthrough’ seen after all-night talks

By ANGELA CHARLTON, PETER ORSI and LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — All-night talks at the Group of 20 summit have resulted in a possible "breakthrough" on fixing the global trading system, European diplomats said Saturday as the gathering entered its ...

French protesters clash with police in Paris; 107 arrested

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Protesters angry about rising taxes clashed with French police for a third straight weekend and more than 100 were arrested Saturday. Pockets of demonstrators built makeshift barricades in the middle of streets in central Paris, lit fires, ...

May faces more Brexit woes after UK minister quits

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of Brexit said Saturday that the prime minister's compromise agreement would leave Britain outnumbered and outmaneuvered in future negotiations with the ...

Ukraine stops 100 Russians from entering amid entry ban

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's border service says that around 100 Russian citizens have been denied entry into the country since an entry ban for adult Russian males was announced. Border guards' spokesman Andrei Demchenko has told Ukrainian television Saturday that "the vast majority of ...

Putin blames Ukraine for standoff, boosts defenses in Crimea

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed the latest standoff with neighboring Ukraine on the presidential ambitions of Ukraine's leader, as the Russian military announced it was boosting its defenses ...