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The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 12:41pm

The nation's largest retail trade group says that it would be unrealistic for U.S. retailers to exit China. The National Retail Federation made its comment in response to President Donald Trump's call Friday for U.S. businesses with operations in China to look for alternatives, as trade tensions between the world's two largest economies intensified. The NRF noted its members have been diversifying their supply chains for years but finding alternatives to China would be costly and take years.

Biopsy confirms that Uruguay's president has lung cancer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 12:04pm

A biopsy has confirmed that Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez has lung cancer.

The Latest: Greece resuming migrant deportations to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 11:50am

The Latest on the plight of migrants arriving in Europe (all times local):

Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack, 2 wounded

Shlomo Mor and Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 11:46am

An explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said.

Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75B of US goods

Joe McDonald, Paul Wiseman and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 11:29am

President Donald Trump declared Friday that he had "hereby ordered" American companies with operations in China "to immediately start looking for" an alternative after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory tariffs.

Boris Johnson prepares to take his place on world stage

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 11:22am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has endeavored to lead his country since he was a boy, will get his first moment on the world stage in his new role at the Group of Seven summit in France this weekend. And he will be at pains to ensure it won't be his last.

Venezuela opposition leader vows to boycott early election

Fabiola Sanchez and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 10:50am

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says that opponents of President Nicolás Maduro won't participate in any early legislative elections he calls.

Zimbabwe comedian is latest in torture of government critics

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 10:42am

A wave of abductions, torture and arrests in Zimbabwe are targeting opposition activists and other government critics, the latest being a popular comedian dragged from her home by armed and masked men.

Syria retakes territory in NW held by rebels since 2012

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 10:40am

Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops seized control of a string of villages in the northern countryside of Hama province, completing their takeover of the formerly rebel-held region just south of Idlib province for the first time since 2012, the Syrian army and a war monitoring group said Friday.

Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 10:36am

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty.

Despite recent agreement Rwanda says no travel to Uganda

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 10:35am

Rwanda says its citizens are not allowed yet to travel to Uganda despite a deal reached between leaders of the two countries on Wednesday in Angolan capital. The leaders agreed to resume "as soon as possible" the cross-border activities including the movement of persons and goods.

Report: West, Central Africa violence closes 9,000 schools

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 10:28am

Fourteen-year-old Hussaini said he first heard screaming. Then people fired guns, shooting at and killing at least one of his teachers in his northern Burkina Faso village.

As Malta disembarks migrants more charity-govt clashes loom

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 10:20am

Pledges by six European countries to accept over 350 migrants from a rescue ship in the central Mediterranean on Friday capped weeks of standoffs between charities and governments that have dramatically exposed Europe's inability to deal with sea migration from Africa.

Strikes on Iran-backed militias threaten to destabilize Iraq

Qassim Abdul-zahra and Lolita Baldor, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 10:04am

An Israeli airstrike on an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq, confirmed by U.S. officials, is threatening to destabilize security in the volatile country that has struggled to remain neutral in the conflict between Washington and Tehran.

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 9:58am

He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people this year.

Polish official: Deadly lightning storm like terror attack

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 9:58am

A Polish emergency official on Friday likened the deadly lightning storm over the Tatra Mountains that killed at least five people and injured more than 150 to a terror attack in terms of the number of casualties and some of the wounds.

International warrant for Kosovo ethnic Serb minority leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 9:38am

Kosovo's justice minister says an international arrest warrant has been issued for a leading ethnic Serb minority leader suspected of involvement in the killing of a moderate Serb politician a year ago.

Indonesian rescuers search for 34 missing after ferry fire

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 9:14am

Rescuers were searching Friday for more than 30 people believed missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least three people.

France opens Epstein-linked rape investigation

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 23rd - 9:10am

France opened an investigation on Friday into the alleged rape of minors and a raft of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case, the chief Paris prosecutor announced.