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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using golf and sumo wrestling to continue his effort to charm President Donald Trump during his visit to Asia. Abe wants to stay on Trump's good side, especially as they grapple with negotiating a new trade deal and try to keep North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. Trump is on a four-day visit to Japan.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. Republicans in an Idaho county last month passed a measure expressing support for U.S. entry of a prominent Austrian far-right activist who was investigated for ties to the suspected New Zealand mosque gunman. In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys and ACT for America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Norway says it will facilitate talks next week in Oslo to resolve Venezuela's political crisis in an indication the negotiation track is gaining momentum after months of escalating tension between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The Norwegian government said Saturday that representatives of Venezuela's government and opposition have returned to Norway for the mediation effort.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a former business manager of Stan Lee sought to capitalize on the Marvel Comic mastermind's wealth and exert influence over him. Los Angeles police say Keya Morgan was arrested in Arizona after being charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors earlier this month. Morgan faces felony charges including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. A misdemeanor count also alleges elder abuse.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The stakes for the European Union are especially high in this year's parliamentary vote, which is taking place in all 28 nations from Thursday to Sunday. Anti-immigrant groups are hoping to gain ground in the European Parliament and claw back power from the EU for their governments. On Saturday, the elections shifted to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia in a landmark ballot in which resurgent nationalists are challenging traditional parties over the future of Europe.

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