Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

HAVANA (AP) -- Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find. But Cuba's hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela's economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba's greatest socialist ally.

Former US Ambassador Samantha Power writing a memoir

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power is writing a memoir about her transition from writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning condemnation of foreign policy to becoming a leading public advocate for the government. Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it had acquired Power's "The Education of an Idealist." A release date has not yet been determined.

Israel PM cancels talk with German FM in rare spat with ally

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled talks Tuesday with the German foreign minister over the visiting diplomat's plans to sit down with an Israeli rights group, sparking a rare diplomatic feud with one of Israel's closest and most important allies. The last-minute cancellation cast a cloud over a visit that had been meant to draw attention to years of friendship between the two countries and coincided with Israel's annual Holocaust memorial day.

US: Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal prosecutor said Monday that politically connected lawyers are using inaccuracies to whitewash charges against a prominent Turkish businessman as they try to get Turkey's president and U.S. officials to resolve the case diplomatically. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Lockard said Reza Zarrab is charged with a "serious national security offense" despite efforts by former Republican New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S.

Diplomats representing ancient civilizations meet in Athens

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Diplomats representing ancient civilizations have met in the Greek capital for the first time as part of a new 10-member international club. The Ancient Civilizations Forum held its inaugural session in Athens on Monday, attended by foreign ministers or senior diplomats from China, India, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Greece, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru.

The Latest: Trump threatens tariff on Canadian lumber

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 9:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is telling reporters he'll slap a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada. The president made the comments during a gathering with conservative media outlets at the White House Monday evening. The comments were relayed by four people who were in the room and confirmed by an administration official.

In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. America's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea prepared to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military. Although a major event around the anniversary was viewed as possible, the morning came and went without any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches.

The Latest: French candidate Macron revels at Paris eatery

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Emmanuel Macron is celebrating his victory in France's first-round presidential election at a Left Bank eatery frequented by Ernest Hemingway and other artistic dignitaries. The choice to dine in La Rotonde in the Montparnasse neighborhood fits with Macron's literary leanings -- he quotes poets and philosophers in his campaign rallies.

Orphaned baby of Islamic State's caliphate trapped in prison

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- He is an orphan of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed caliphate, a Tunisian toddler who is now caught in diplomatic limbo and has been stuck in a Libyan prison for a year. Tamim Jaboudi's grandfather has managed to visit the child twice in the prison in Tripoli, delivering a winter jacket and as much familial warmth as he can manage in the brief meetings.

Syrian population transfer stalls over prisoner exchange

BEIRUT (AP) -- The second stage of a troubled population transfer in Syria stalled on Thursday as rebel and government negotiators argued over the identities of the prisoners to be released as part of the exchange. More than 3,000 people found themselves trapped at the handover point between the two sides on the outskirts of Aleppo city, where a car bomb on Saturday killed more than 130 people, half of them children.

Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been overlooked thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia Thursday marked a sign of change and he announced the president would follow him to the region later this year. Anxious Southeast Asian governments are looking for America's commitment to counter China's economic and military clout.

Tillerson declares the Iran nuclear deal a failure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure on Wednesday but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless. The top American diplomat sought to reinforce the notion that the U.S. is aggressively countering Iran's destabilizing behavior throughout the Middle East, even though President Donald Trump so far has not pulled out of the deal.

Haiti aims to revive military as end of UN mission looms

GRESSIER, Haiti (AP) -- Their heads held high and chests puffed out, a group of nearly 100 Haitian men in camouflage fatigues do jumping jacks or march around an abandoned U.N. compound on a recent morning. But after a few drills, they seek shelter from the blazing sun in the absence of anything else to do. As U.N.

US weighs giving Saudis more military aid for Yemen efforts

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The United States is considering ways to boost military support for the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, believing military pressure is needed to prod the militants into a negotiated end to the conflict, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The U.S. already is helping the Saudis by providing intelligence and aerial refueling of their combat aircraft.

The Latest: US official expresses concern over Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The latest on opposition and pro-government marches in Venezuela (all times local): 5 p.m. The U.S. secretary of state says the Trump administration is concerned about the political turmoil in Venezuela and feels socialist President Nicolas Maduro is trying to squash the voice of his opponents. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells reporters at the State Department that the U.S.

China, EU push message of free trade, engagement

BEIJING (AP) -- Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement in contrast to fears that the U.S. is turning inward under President Donald Trump. The statements came as China and the EU held their first high-level talks since Trump took office in January.