International relations

Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Latin America department, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Shchetinin said that Venezuelan political forces need to come to terms on settling the country's political crisis and warned against foreign interference. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 26, 2019 - 2:02 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's envoy on Venezuela says the Norway-brokered talks between the South American country's government and the opposition have raised a glimmer of hope for settling the crisis. Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Latin America department, told The...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the "Faith & Freedom Coalition 2019 Road To Majority Policy Conference," Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 26, 2019 - 1:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's under little pressure to reach a trade deal with China when he meets late this week with President Xi Jinping and is prepared to impose further tariffs on Chinese imports. "The Chinese economy's going down the tubes," Trump said in...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo trader Joseph Lawler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 26. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 26, 2019 - 12:44 pm
Stocks moved higher on Wall Street midday Wednesday as fresh investor optimism over a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and China helped fuel a strong rally in technology companies. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that a trade deal between the two nations was "about 90%"...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. When Trump and Putin meet this week on the sidelines of an international summit in Japan, it will mark a new chapter in a closely watched relationship that crackles with questions and contradictions. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 26, 2019 - 12:42 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of an international summit in Japan, the Kremlin said Wednesday, in talks that come amid bitter differences between Moscow and Washington. Trump has said he plans to meet with Putin during the...
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Acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper, right, greets Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar prior to a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
June 26, 2019 - 11:59 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made it clear to Turkey on Wednesday that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, as the standoff between the two NATO allies dragged on. Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister...
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Protesters take part in a rally in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Thousands of people joined Hong Kong's latest protest rally Wednesday night against legislation they fear would erode the city's freedoms, capping a daylong appeal to world leaders ahead of a G-20 summit this week that brings together the heads of China, the United States and other major nations. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 26, 2019 - 11:52 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people joined Hong Kong's latest rally Wednesday night against legislation they fear would erode the city's freedoms, capping a daylong appeal to world leaders ahead of a G-20 summit that brings together the heads of China, the United States and other major nations...
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, June 25, 2019.NATO defense ministers begin a two-day meeting on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
June 26, 2019 - 9:56 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday refused to rule out that the military alliance might adapt its nascent missile defense shield to counter the potential threat posed by a new Russian missile system. In February, the U.S. began the six-month process of withdrawing...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England speaks during an Inflation Report Press Conference at the Bank of England in the City of London. The Bank of England is open to the idea of letting new payment services such as Facebook's upcoming Libra hold funds with the central bank, Carney said Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)
June 26, 2019 - 8:04 am
LONDON (AP) — The governor of the Bank of England gave his biggest hint yet that he'd back a stimulus package to shore up the British economy if the country crashes out of the European Union at the end of October with no deal. In testimony to lawmakers on Wednesday, Governor Mark Carney said the...
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FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, May 24, 2019, Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested in Moscow at the end of last year, waits for a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia. An American man kept behind bars in Russia on spying charges has appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for help. Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, appealed to Trump in a Moscow court on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to intervene in his case and "defend" him. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 26, 2019 - 7:42 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow says that it has officially protested the reported mistreatment of a U.S. national who is kept in jail on spying charges. The U.S. Embassy said in a statement on Wednesday that it has sent a note of protest to the Russian foreign ministry, asking it to...
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In this picture released on April 29, 2019, by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reads part of a book while visiting Tehran's book fair in Tehran, Iran. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday, June 24, 2019, targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
June 26, 2019 - 7:39 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that Iranians will not budge or change their stand following new U.S. sanctions targeting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his associates, the latest in a torrent of sharp verbal responses from Tehran in the wake of the measures. President Donald...
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