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Johnson: ‘Terrifying limbless chickens’ but little Brexit

By TED ANTHONY AP National Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Things the beleaguered British prime minister said in his astonishing speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday night: "Pink-eyed Terminators from the future." ''Terrifying limbless chickens." ''Your fridge will beep for more ...

‘Forgotten’ war: Syria conflict a footnote at UN meeting

By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — As dozens of heads of state convene for the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, the lingering conflict in Syria is taking a back seat while tensions in the Persian Gulf and global trade wars take center stage. Now in its ninth ...

Migrants arrive in Europe with big hopes, many questions

By RENATA BRITO Associated Press MESSINA, Sicily (AP) — As the weary passengers aboard a rescue ship approached Sicily at the end of an agonizing journey from North Africa, 30-year-old Seke Awa called a friend back in Libya the moment she got cellphone reception. "I told her we are on the ...

Ukraine entangled yet again in American political storm

By ERIC TUCKER, RICHARD LARDNER and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's withholding of military aid from Ukraine and his calls for the country's new president to investigate the family of a political rival have thrust the East European nation into ...

Iran president to address UN as Persian Gulf tensions mount

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With tensions high in the Persian Gulf, all eyes will be on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday as he speaks on the second day of the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders. In another highly anticipated ...

Karzai says Afghan election threatens peace

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former president Hamid Karzai says Saturday's presidential election threatens Afghanistan's best chance of making peace with the Taliban and ending 18 years of war. Karzai, still one of the most important political figures in ...

Death toll rises to 32 in protests in Indonesia’s Papua

By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia's restive Papua province has risen to 32 after several bodies were found under burned buildings, officials said Tuesday. An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and ...

Trump attacks globalism, while putting pressure on Iran

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Facing growing calls for his impeachment, President Donald Trump addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and delivered a roaring defense of nationalism and American sovereignty even as he tried to rally a ...

Supreme Court stamps its authority on British politics

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press What a way to mark your 10th anniversary. A decade almost to the day after its creation, the U.K.'s Supreme Court stamped its authority — unanimously and unequivocally — on British politics with a thundering repudiation Tuesday of British Prime Minister ...

Furor over Trump puts Ukraine’s leader in a tough spot

By YURAS KARMANAU and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian elected Ukraine's leader in April, took office pledging to focus on ending the separatist fighting in the country's east, fomented by Russia. But now, barely 100 days in power, he finds ...

Travel chaos, jobs lost as UK firm Thomas Cook collapses

By GREGORY KATZ and CARLO PIOVANO Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded across the world Monday after British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed, immediately halting almost all its flights and hotel services and laying off all its ...

Dutch reinforce major dike as seas rise, climate changes

By MIKE CORDER and ALEKSANDAR FURTULA Associated Press THE AFSLUITDIJK, Netherlands (AP) — Rising up in a thin line through the waters separating the provinces of North Holland and Friesland, the 87-year-old Afsluitdijk is one of the low-lying Netherlands' key defenses against its ancient ...

At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while fending off questions about whether he sought foreign help to ...

UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort to bolster the Gulf ...

Johnson says he’ll tell Trump: Hands off UK health service

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he'll tell U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.K.'s state-funded health service will be off the table in any future trade negotiations, and that the U.S. will have to open its markets to British ...

Iran’s Guard says ready for ‘any scenario’ amid US standoff

By AMIR VAHDAT Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil ...

Colombia says Maduro’s “brutality” must end

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" ...

Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he’s yet to close

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan ...

Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. "We ...

Hong Kong protesters, police face off in renewed clashes

By RAF WOBER Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs and police fired tear gas Saturday in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances. Reporters saw at least one person arrested after violence erupted following an afternoon march by several ...