China builds ambitiously in Africa as US sounds the alarm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The sleek, green-and-white trains glide past the congested, ragged streets of Addis Ababa along the city's new light rail – built and financed by China. The towering silver African Union headquarters here was built by China, too. So was the new ring road system around the city. And the new railway connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti….
Tillerson says ‘talks,’ but no ‘negotiations’ with NKorea
DJIBOUTI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction Friday between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations," arguing that President Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong Un shouldn't be construed as anything more than that….
President Trump plans to meet Kim Jong Un for nuke talks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks, a whiplash development that would put two leaders who've repeatedly insulted, threatened and dismissed each other in the same room, possibly in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang….
Trump, Kim summit has pitfalls to dodge first
TOKYO (AP) — So President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planning a summit. What could possibly go wrong?…
Trump teases big news; it arrives in the dark, on driveway
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first inkling that something big was afoot on North Korea came from President Donald Trump himself: He popped his head into the White House briefing room late Thursday afternoon to tease a "major statement" coming soon – from South Korean officials….
Analysis: Trump risks trade war to fulfill political pledge
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he blitzed through the industrial Midwest as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pitched himself as the savior of the "forgotten" men and women in communities where factories had been shuttered and jobs were moved overseas….
School shooting calls released; gun bill on governor’s desk
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a newly released recording from the day of a deadly Florida school shooting, the parents of a 17-year-old girl tell a 911 dispatcher their daughter is texting from a classroom where the door's glass was shot out. Later, the student texts that police have arrived. After getting the rest of the message, the mother raises her voice, "Three shot in her room. Oh my God. Oh my God."…
Amid lull, Red Cross delivers aid to Syria’s Ghouta
BEIRUT (AP) — Amid a lull in Damascus' embattled rebel-held suburbs, a small team of relief workers entered the eastern Ghouta area on Friday to deliver remaining aid left over from a mission earlier in the week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said….
AP analysis: NRA gave $7.3 million to hundreds of schools
The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years. That's according to an Associated Press analysis. But few have shown any indication they'll follow the lead of businesses cutting ties with the group following last month's massacre at a Florida high school….
Pakistan under pressure to rein in blasphemy law
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — One of the most frightening things about Pakistan's blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty. In the case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, it started when she brought water to her fellow women workers on a farm….