Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio to the White House for talks on Thursday and said they'll end up being "great friends, better than ever before." Trump puts great stock in the relationships he's building with his foreign counterparts, and has spoken extensively in recent weeks about the "chemistry" he says he built with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their talks earlier this month at Trump's private estate in Florida.

US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago. "It's real," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

China bans list of Islamic names in restive Xinjiang region

BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities in China's Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. "Muhammad," ''Jihad" and "Islam" are among at least 29 names now banned in the heavily Muslim region, according to a list distributed by overseas Uighur activists.

All in the Family: Trump mixes family, governing, business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in. As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.

Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. "If I were North Korea, I would not underestimate President Trump's resolve to stop them from getting a missile to hit our homeland," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters Tuesday. Graham joined Sen.

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.

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.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. PARTISAN FIGHTS COULD SHUT DOWN US GOVERNMENT Disputes over health care and President Trump's border wall throw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy days ahead of a government shutdown deadline. 2. ARKANSAS EXECUTES 2 PRISONERS IN 1 NIGHT The deaths of Jack Jones and Marcel Williams mark the first double execution in the United States since 2000. 3.

Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration issued sanctions Monday on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons, part of an ongoing U.S. crackdown on Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. The sanctions target employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which the U.S. says partly enables the use of chemical weapons. The U.S.

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.

Ivanka Trump's brand ramped up China trademark work in 2016

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Ivanka Trump's brand intensified its work in China as her father closed in on the Republican nomination for U.S. president, with her company applying for nearly twice as many trademarks in a five-month span as it had in the preceding eight years. Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for 36 trademarks in China between March and July of last year.

The Latest: Trump says charges against Assange would be 'OK'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says that if the Justice Department wants to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, "it's OK with me." Trump says he is not involved in that decision-making process, but would support Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he charged Assange with a crime.

AP Explains: How a single Trump sentence enraged South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's apparently offhand comment after meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping -- that "Korea actually used to be a part of China" -- has enraged many South Koreans. The historically inaccurate sentence from a Wall Street Journal interview bumps up against a raft of historical and political sensitivities in a country where many have long feared Chinese designs on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump raps Iran as violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iran is failing to fulfill the "spirit" of its nuclear deal with world powers, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, setting an ominous tone for his forthcoming decision about whether to pull the U.S. out of the landmark agreement. As he often had during the president campaign, Trump ripped into the deal struck by Iran, the U.S. and other world powers in 2015 and said "it shouldn't have been signed.

China left as observer as tensions rise on Korean Peninsula

BEIJING (AP) -- China's foreign minister recently likened the U.S. and North Korea to two speeding trains hurtling toward each other, an analogy that would seem to place China in the role of helpless bystander. And indeed, while tensions have risen, Beijing has been frustrated by its declining influence over the Korean Peninsula. China "has a grandstand seat but no control," said University of Virginia China scholar Brantly Womack. The U.S.

China says Interpol notice issued for outspoken tycoon Guo

BEIJING (AP) -- An elusive overseas billionaire who for months publicly threatened to expose high-level corruption in China's ruling Communist Party was named in an Interpol arrest notice before he appeared live on a U.S. broadcaster, which abruptly cut off the interview just as he hinted at his allegations. Guo Wengui gave a Chinese-language interview with the U.S.

China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

BEIJING (AP) -- China is defending its handling of trademark applications from President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her company, saying that all such requests are handled fairly. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang was asked about the trademarks Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported that Ivanka Trump had won provisional approval for at least five marks since her father's January inauguration.

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.