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The Latest: Merkel wants dialogue before Brexit negotiations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:54am

The Latest on Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement to the German parliament (all times local):

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:43am

President Donald Trump has told leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not at this time pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. That happened just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to withdraw. The White House made the announcement in a read-out of calls involving Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It said leaders agreed to "proceed swiftly" to start renegotiating NAFTA.

Merkel says some in Britain still have "illusions" that country will have same standing as EU members

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:43am

Merkel says some in Britain still have "illusions" that country will have same standing as EU members.

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:40am

A French court has refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges.

Merkel wants dialogue before Brexit negotiations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:35am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Britain must engage in "constructive dialogue" with the European Union before negotiations can begin on its departure from the bloc.

French court refuses to extradite former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:35am

French court refuses to extradite former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges.

Militant group: Pakistani ISI using prisoner for propaganda

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:50am

The spokesman for a key militant group says Pakistan's intelligence service is using a captured militant leader to give the impression that his group is being funded by foreign spy agencies for attacks in Pakistan.

Red Bull heir seeks another delay in alleged hit-and-run

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:34am

Prosecutors in Thailand say an heir to the Red Bull fortune has asked for another delay in facing charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer almost five years ago.

Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:23am

A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said.

Hong Kong widens crackdown, arrests 9 more activists

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:13pm

Hong Kong authorities expanded their crackdown on the Chinese-controlled territory's opposition with a fresh round of arrests of pro-democracy activists on Thursday.

Mexico's ruling party, others caught in old tricks

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:16pm

The scene was so typical of Mexico's long-dominant ruling party that it could have happened a half century ago: poor women lined up under a blazing sun, waiting for a politician to show up hours late for a rally they had been obliged to attend under threat of losing benefits from an anti-poverty program.

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

Thomas Adamson and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:14pm

France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible.

Venezuelan unrest continues as Maduro decides to quit OAS

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:14pm

Following through on its threat, Venezuela's government announced it is quitting the Organization of American States, accusing the regional body of meddling in its internal affairs over weeks of political unrest.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:42pm

President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls Wednesday between the world leaders. The White House says the president "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time."

3 Indian soldiers, 2 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:40pm

The Indian army says at least three soldiers and two suspected rebels have been killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir after militants stormed a military camp close to the Line of Control dividing the disputed region between India and Pakistan.

Venezuela goes through with threat to leave the OAS

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:33pm

Venezuela's government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Paraguay congress axes measure for presidential re-election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:04pm

Paraguay's Chamber of Deputies has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for presidential re-election, voting nearly four weeks after a secret Senate ballot to approve the measure set off riots in which protesters burned furniture in Congress.

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

Matthew Pennington and Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:42pm

The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary.

AP Explains: Why S. Korea is debating US anti-missile system

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:50pm

Amid alarm over North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons and missile arsenal, Washington and Seoul are speeding ahead with the installment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea to cope with the growing threats.