US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S.

Russia says US airstrike on Syria damages peace process

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the airstrike that the United States launched at a Syrian military base earlier this month damages the prospects of a political settlement for the war-torn country. The airstrike was in response to a chemical weapons attack on April 4 on a northern Syrian town that Washington blamed on the Syrian government.

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.

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

TORONTO (AP) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday that Canada and the U.S. could suffer a "thickening" border as the Trump administration imposes new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalate. Trudeau commented a day after the announcement of new U.S. duties of up to 24 percent on softwood lumber entering the U.S. from Canada.

Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

HOUSTON (AP) -- An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon. Phan Phan-Gillis has faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China. She was later accused of espionage, which carries a possible death sentence.

Moving beyond China and Mexico, Trump targets Canada trade

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he's drawn a new target -- Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada's barriers to U.S. dairy products -- disputes that go back years but rarely get such a public airing.

US criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration sharply criticized Turkey on Tuesday for attacking Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq, accusing the U.S. NATO ally of failing to coordinate the airstrikes with the American-led coalition against Islamic State militants. The State Department and Pentagon both described the United States as "deeply concerned" by the strikes and said the objections were raised directly with the Turkish government.

The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on Ivanka Trump's trip to Berlin (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Ivanka Trump has visited the Holocaust memorial in the German capital, meeting with the director at the information center before walking slowly through the downtown Berlin monument. Crowds of people snapped cellphone photos and yelled out "Hi, how are you?" as Trump entered the center to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe for a short visit Tuesday.

A look at the conflict in Yemen as donors pledge $1B in aid

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- For more than two years, Yemen has been in the grip of a conflict between a Saudi-led military coalition and Shiite rebels that has driven the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine. Yemen's conflict has killed more than 10,000 civilians and wounded tens of thousands more, according to the United Nations. Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF, says it has treated 66,000 people.

Senate panel approves Trump's choice to lead trade office

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations, a position that will place Robert Lighthizer in the center of the administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts Trump has criticized as detrimental to the nation's economy. The 26-0 vote by the Senate Finance Committee now moves Lighthizer's nomination to the full Senate.

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.

Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days

It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe. Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the first 100 days of his administration.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago loses State Department promotion posting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism. In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he has hosted foreign leaders. "By visiting this 'winter White House,' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago's original owner and designer," the post said.

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice -- no small feat -- and call these promises kept.

Ivanka Trump in Berlin to talk women's economic empowerment

BERLIN (AP) -- Ivanka Trump is in Berlin on her first international outing as a White House adviser, where she will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss ways to encourage women's economic empowerment. Trump and Merkel are on a panel discussion Tuesday as part of the W20 Summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, entitled "Inspiring women: Scaling up women's entrepreneurship.

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.

UN chief says Yemen aid conference draws $1.1B in pledges

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general says international donors at a Geneva aid conference have pledged $1.1 billion to help beleaguered, war-torn Yemen this year. Antonio Guterres hailed the pledges after wrapping up the daylong meeting Tuesday, saying it had raised half of the $2.1 billion in funds sought this year in a U.N. appeal for Yemen. Coming into the conference, Guterres lamented that the appeal had only been about 15 percent funded.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S.

Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries. The Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, said 20 of its fighters were killed and 18 wounded. The YPG is a close U.S.