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‘Nuts!’ US troops thwarted Hitler’s last gamble 75 years ago

By RAF CASERT Associated Press BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Pvt. Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium's Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by. That was when he lost his best friend and Bazooka team partner to sniper fire. ...

UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority

By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and MIKE CORDER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to ...

Opioid billed as `safer’ is abused widely around the world

By EMILY SCHMALL and CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the ...

China says trade deal with US must be ‘mutually beneficial’

By JOE McDONALD and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers BEIJING (AP) — Expectations for a U.S.-Chinese trade truce rose Friday, though Beijing accused Washington of unfairly attacking its economy and said a settlement to their costly, 17-month-old conflict must be "mutually beneficial." A ...

Tokyo being billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ — but not for all

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and STEPHEN WADE Associated Press FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They'll also ...

Mexican president prays with family of dead US dual citizens

By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador prayed for the safety of the country with the relatives of nine U.S. dual citizens slaughtered in northern Mexico last month and assured them "at least four" suspects have been detained, a ...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to ...

NATO downplays divisions as infighting roils alliance

By LORNE COOK and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press WATFORD, England (AP) — NATO leaders sought Wednesday to paper over their differences on an array of issues, such as the military alliance's future priorities, but insisted they would respond as one in the event of any attack on any 29 member ...

Kim again rides horse up sacred peak as N. Korea raps Trump

By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain in his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported Wednesday, as his military chief lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for ...

Trump calls Trudeau ‘2-faced’ after palace gossip goes viral

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press WATFORD, England (AP) — NATO leaders professed unity on Wednesday at a summit near London — but a spat over off-the-cuff chit chat at a royal reception rattled their show of solidarity. U.S. President Donald Trump branded the leader of America's northern ...

NATO chief seeks to shore up unity as rows roil allies

By LORNE COOK Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With questions raised over NATO's credibility, the Western military alliance struggled to present a united front Tuesday as some of its biggest member countries traded barbs over their visions for the future. NATO Secretary-General Jens ...

Trump barrels into NATO summit, clashes with France’s Macron

By AAMER MADHANI and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO leaders' meeting on Tuesday aiming insults at French President Emmanuel Macron, slamming '"unpatriotic" Democrats at home for holding an impeachment hearing while he is abroad and ...

More pressure on Prince Andrew after alleged victim on TV

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew was missing when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, hosted NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, but he was the focus of renewed scrutiny as allegations of sexual misconduct received wide attention on British ...

How the gunfights in north Mexico that left 23 dead unfolded

By MARIA VERZA Associated Press VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) — When dozens of pickup trucks crowded with armed men and mounted machine guns roared into Villa Union, residents of the small town near the U.S. border began to realize they were the target of a military-style invasion. What followed ...

NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders will gather in London on Tuesday as the world's biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. As thousands of troops stand ready along Europe's eastern flank ...

Defense budgets set to dominate yet another NATO summit

By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite pleas to set aside bickering over military spending so the issue doesn't dominate a third NATO summit in a row, the United States is almost certain to demand again this week that its 28 NATO partners respect their pledges to boost ...

Vigil for London attack victims as politicians trade blame

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack, then went back to trading blame for the security failings that ...

UN chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight

By ARITZ PARRA and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press MADRID (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global ...

Prince Andrew’s accuser asks UK public for support

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The woman who says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 is asking the British public to support her quest for justice. Virginia Roberts Giuffre tells BBC Panorama in an interview to be broadcast ...

Hong Kong pro-democracy rally cut short by police tear gas

By EILEEN NG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people took to Hong Kong's streets Sunday in a new wave of pro-democracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the ...