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  • China’s Xi heads for North Korea for talks with Kim Jong Un

    BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting in Pyongyang with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said Thursday that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.

  • Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz, marking the first time the Islamic Republic directly attacked the American military amid tensions over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

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  • Russia to release 100 illegally captured whales

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia’s far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists.

  • European Games struggle for attention as Belarus hosts

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Shrunken in size and struggling for attention, the European Games open Friday as host Belarus seeks to shed its reputation as one of the continent’s most isolated countries.

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    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to North Korea (all times local):

  • Oil shippers boost security after mysterious attacks in Gulf

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised fears over the safety of one of Asia’s most vital energy trade routes, where about a fifth of the world’s oil passes through its narrowest at the Strait of Hormuz.

  • Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed

    TOKYO (AP) — Want tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down.