SKorean president: Kim is serious about giving up his bombs

World 09/25/18, 18:06

South Korean President Moon Jae-in pushed back Tuesday against widespread skepticism about the sincerity of Kim Jong Un's vows to give up his nuclear bombs, saying that the current round of diplomacy with North Korea is "completely different" than the many failed deals that have frustrated past negotiators.Moon, fresh off ...

They said it: Less-quoted leaders at UN, in their own words

World 09/25/18, 17:36

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world.That's what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate.Here, The Associated Press takes ...

Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering

World 09/25/18, 17:31

Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that his landmark deal with China over bishop nominations will cause suffering among the underground faithful. But he said that he takes full responsibility and that he — and not Beijing — will have the ultimate say over naming new bishops.Francis provided the first details of ...

NATO chief seek dialogue with increasingly assertive Russia

Europe 09/25/18, 16:04

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday he wants a more constructive relationship with Russia, even as the western alliance is taking measures to respond to Moscow's increasing military assertiveness.Speaking shortly before meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly, he cited military interference ...

Update: US to warn Iran of ‘hell to pay’ for defiance

World 09/25/18, 14:49

The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local):2:35 p.m.U.S. national security adviser John Bolton will warn Iran of "hell to pay" and "serious consequences" if it defies the U.S.Bolton was to deliver a speech Tuesday in New York featuring rhetoric that is tough even by the standards ...

Ex-French PM Valls launches bid to become mayor of Barcelona

Europe 09/25/18, 13:58

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has confirmed he will be running in Barcelona's mayoral election next year in order to "rescue" the Catalan capital from "deterioration."The involvement of the French politician, who was born 56 years ago in Barcelona, raises the stakes for the May 2019 election as a ...

UK Labour Party criticizes Israel amid anti-Semitism warning

Europe 09/25/18, 13:28

Britain's main opposition Labour Party has passed a motion strongly criticizing Israel, as a senior lawmaker warned the party must root out anti-Semitism.Delegates at the party's conference voted Tuesday to criticize Israel's use of force against Gaza protests, urge more U.K. funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinians and back ...

EU lawmakers cancel Turkey funds over democracy shortfalls

Europe 09/25/18, 12:59

European Union lawmakers say they are canceling 70 million euros ($82.4 million) in funding meant to help Turkey join the EU due to what they see as Ankara's failure to improve rule of law and human rights.The European Parliament's Budget Committee said Tuesday that the money would now go to ...

Iraqi activist shot dead in tense southern city of Basra

World 09/25/18, 12:59

Masked gunmen shot dead a human rights activist and mother of four outside a supermarket in Basra on Tuesday, a brazen afternoon assassination that threatens to worsen tensions in the southern city wracked by violent protests.A police official said Soad al-Ali, who has been involved in organizing protests demanding better ...

UN cautions against populism in high-level week

World 09/25/18, 12:00

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres painted a grim picture of the state of the world as leaders opened their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate the international cooperation that is the foundation of the United Nations.In his ...