In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hungary's government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can't interfere with fighting terrorism. It's a country made for an alliance with President Donald Trump. And its top diplomat is excitedly meeting officials across Washington this week to discuss closer political, economic and military cooperation, and not the U.S.

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama. North Korea's state media, which regularly vilified Obama in the strongest terms, had been slow to do the same with the Trump administration, possibly so that officials in Pyongyang could figure out what direction Trump will likely take and what new policies he may pursue.

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama. North Korea's state media, which regularly vilified Obama in the strongest terms, had been slow to do the same with the Trump administration, possibly so that officials in Pyongyang could figure out what direction Trump will likely take and what new policies he may pursue.

Biden questions Trump administration's 'romance' with Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he's concerned about an apparent "romance" between the Trump administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While declining to comment on an FBI probe of possible links between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump, Biden said "the whole notion that there's still this romance with Putin" was worrisome.

Analysis: Trump collides with reality on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as "fake news," FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. And Adm.

Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as "fake news," FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. And Adm.

N.Korea says it's not afraid of US threat of military strike

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea said Monday it is not frightened by U.S. threats of possible pre-emptive military action to halt its nuclear and missile buildup. A spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure, and possible military action, and said the North would not be deterred in its nuclear program.

In Beijing, Tillerson urges China-US cooperation on N. Korea

BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday pushed for closer China-U.S. cooperation on dealing with North Korea's nuclear program in his first face-to-face talks with top Chinese diplomats. Tillerson's visit to Beijing followed his remarks in South Korea on Friday in which he warned that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from its weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action.

AP Analysis: In Asia, Tillerson ponders US-N. Korea reboot

TOKYO (AP) -- Back in 1976, all it took to bring the Korean Peninsula back to the brink of a war was a brawl over an attempt to trim a poplar tree. That escalated quickly into the death of two American GIs by ax-wielding North Korean soldiers. Three days later, with an aircraft carrier battle group and nuclear-capable B-52 bombers at the ready, the tree was chopped down.

Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass destruction. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended," said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures.

China premier calls for return to talks on Korean nukes

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called Wednesday for new talks to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, ahead of a visit to the region this week by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is expected to focus heavily on efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs. Li said China was a strong supporter of U.N.

Tillerson shuns all but conservative website on Asia tour

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A reporter from a conservative-leaning website is the only media representative accompanying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his trip to Asia this week. The website, the Independent Journal Review, said late Tuesday that IJR reporter Erin McPike is the lone journalist traveling with Tillerson on his tour to Japan, South Korea and China. The State Department confirmed the account. The trip is taking place amid escalating tensions with North Korea.

Ex-adviser's ties to Russia, Trump campaign draw scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For months, President Donald Trump and his advisers have tried to distance themselves from Carter Page, a little-known investment banker who briefly served as a foreign policy adviser on the Republican's presidential campaign. This week, Page -- who is at the center of the swirling controversy over Trump associates' connections to Russia -- painted himself as a recurrent visitor to Trump Tower, the New York skyscraper that housed Trump's campaign offices.

Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page at center of Russia storm

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At Moscow's New Economic School, the annual graduation ceremony often features a prominent political figure. President Barack Obama addressed graduates at the prestigious institution in 2009. The former presidents of Mexico and the Czech Republic have spoken at recent ceremonies. Last year, the university invited Carter Page, a little-known former investment banker and foreign policy adviser to then-U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

US, China lock horns on missile defense against NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If China was hoping for a concession from the U.S. after recently suspending coal imports from cash-poor North Korea, it got the opposite. The U.S. is starting to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea which the allies say is needed to defend against North Korea. But China and North Korea view it as a threat.

The Latest: US embassy: No ban on Nigerians

CAIRO (AP) -- The Latest developments on President Donald Trump's new travel ban and the reaction from around the world (all times local): 9 p.m. The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria says there's no need for Nigerians to cancel travel plans to the United States and says suggestions of a policy change negatively affecting Nigerians are incorrect. Spokesman Russell K.