Melania Trump returns to White House after kidney procedure

WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a surgical procedure this week to treat a benign kidney condition, her office said.

Egypt detains socialist activist, lawyers say

CAIRO  – Egypt’s state security prosecutor on Saturday ordered a prominent activist detained for 15 days for investigation on charges of involvement with a banned group and inciting and taking part in illegal protests, rights lawyers said.

Hawaii lava flow engulfs more homes as ash plume ascends

PAHOA  – New, fast-moving lava poured from the flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Saturday, destroying four more homes on the Big Island after a second explosive eruption shot a nearly two-mile-high (10,000 foot) ash plume from the crater.

Hollywood’s China dreams get tangled in trade talks

BEIJING  – Hollywood’s push for greater access to China’s booming film market – delayed since last year – has become tangled in broader trade talks between Washington and Beijing, a potentially thorny position amid whipsawing trade relations.

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country’s deadliest plane crash since 1989

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island’s deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years.

A union of tradition and modernity

WINDSOR – Prince Harry and his actress bride Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African American culture, infusing the 1,000-year-old British monarchy with a blast of modernity.

China agrees to import more from US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has agreed to significantly increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services, the two countries said on Saturday, but made no mention of a $200 billion target the White House had touted earlier.

Trump Jr. met Gulf princes’ emissary in 2016

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Just Married! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle declared husband and wife

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle were pronounced husband and wife on Saturday by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a glittering union that brought a measure of modern Hollywood glamour into the 1,000-year-old monarchy. The star of the TV drama “Suits” walked unescorted in a pure white, long-sleeved dress...

Harry and Meghan’s wedding to blend royal tradition with Hollywood glamour

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Prince Harry weds U.S. actress Meghan Markle on Saturday in a lavish ceremony that unites the pomp of British royalty with Hollywood glamour. Hundreds of millions of people across the world are expected to tune into watch the wedding of Queen Elizabeth’s popular grandson and the American star of the TV...

‘Quiet’ student shoots and kills 10 at his Texas high school

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) – A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire in a Texas high school on Friday, killing nine fellow students and a teacher, authorities said, in an attack similar to the massacre at a Florida high school in February. Students said the gunman, identified by law enforcement as...

China’s LGBT community treads cautiously amid intolerance

BEIJING – China’s LGBT advocates cautiously organized awareness-raising events across the country to celebrate International Anti-Homophobia Day on Thursday amid concern of growing intolerance towards LGBT causes.

Syria’s Assad flies to Russia for talks with Putin: Kremlin

MOSCOW – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s summer residence on the Black Sea for talks on Thursday about the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said, a visit that underscored Moscow’s status as Assad’s chief backer.

UK will not shelve debate on Brexit laws: May’s spokeswoman

LONDON – The British government will take its time to consider amendments passed by the upper house of parliament to the EU withdrawal bill, but will not shelve the key piece of Brexit legislation, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Trump seeks to placate North Korea’s Kim over uncertain summit

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump sought on Thursday to placate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un after Pyongyang threatened to scrap an unprecedented summit, saying Kim’s security would be guaranteed in any deal and his country would not suffer the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya.

Australia upholds Nauru decision to reject three refugee claims

CANBERRA, 17 MARCH 2018 (AP) – Australia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected the refugee claims of two Pakistani and a Nepalese asylum seeker because they could find somewhere safe in their homelands to live. The High Court unanimously upheld the decisions of the Supreme Court of Nauru, where the asylum seekers have lived since 2013....

Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

GAZA/JERUSALEM – Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, amid reports that Egyptian officials intervened to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire.

Malaysia police seize handbags, other personal items from ex-PM’s home

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police seized handbags and few other personal items from the home of former prime minister Najib Razak in connection with a money laundering probe, a lawyer of the ex-leader said on Thursday.

EU leaders struggle to save Iran economic ties from U.S. sanctions

SOFIA – European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday to try to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive and maintain their reviving economic cooperation with Tehran after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact.

Summit in doubt

SEOUL – North Korea on Wednesday threw into question an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump scheduled for next month, denouncing military exercises between South Korea and the United States as a provocation and calling off high-level talks with Seoul.