China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more
BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously.
EU leaders postpone decision on 2050 climate goal to June
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are pushing back a decision on the bloc's efforts to end most emissions of greenhouse gases.
The Latest: Macron: Brexit is a "political lesson" for EU
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Brexit is more a "political lesson" than a lengthy technical negotiation.
AP Interview: Ukraine minister claims Russia on its knees
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With President Petro Poroshenko slipping in the polls a week ahead of elections, Ukraine's government is trying to put a brave face on his achievements, insisting it is well on its way to delivering on the demands of the Maidan protest movement that drove the previous Russia-backed president from power in 2014.
Pompeo in Lebanon to talk Hezbollah amid Golan condemnation
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted U.S. concerns about Hezbollah's "destabilizing activities" in Lebanon and the region in talks with Lebanese leaders on Friday, amid strong regional condemnation of President Donald Trump's declaration that it's time the U.S.
Prosecutors: Suspect confessed to Utrecht tram shooting
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly shooting in a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht has confessed to the attack and said he acted alone, prosecutors announced Friday.
Russian court convicts Ukrainian teen of plotting bombing
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Friday sentenced a Ukrainian teenager to six years in prison for plotting a bombing in a Russian school.
NZ says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation
ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate "hate-filled ideologies."
What next? Brexit delay gives UK more time to solve crisis
BRUSSELS (AP) — Extra time has been added to the Brexit countdown clock. The European Union has granted Britain a few more weeks to overcome its political deadlock and chart a smooth road out of the bloc — or change its mind and seek a much longer delay.
Italy, China deepen ties under wary gaze of US, EU
MILAN (AP) — Italy's head of state told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China's new "Silk Road" linking Europe and Asia must be a "two-way street," addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing's global influence.
Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia's flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer's 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes in the past six months.
US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths.
For EU, Brexit has trashed May's 'strong and stable' image
BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May used to promise "strong and stable" government. Fellow EU leaders used to believe her.
Cyclone Idai deaths could exceed 1,000 as need for aid grows
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — As flood waters began to recede in parts of Mozambique on Friday, fears rose that the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed.
UN: Ebola increasing in Congo due to 'security challenges'
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of "increased security challenges," a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months.
China to investigate firms sanctioned by US over North Korea
BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will look into charges against two Chinese firms sanctioned by the U.S. because they are suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions.
Broken-hearted but not broken: New Zealand prays together
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain — an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken.
EU shows united front on Brexit, loss of confidence in May
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders took back control of the Brexit process from British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying Friday they believe the risks were too great and that action was needed to protect the smooth running of the world's biggest trading bloc.
North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea's nuclear program.
'Rise up!' NZ students heal with haka after mosque attacks
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Their voices have thundered across this heartsick city, in parks and at flower memorials and schools.
20 detained at protests in Kazakhstan
MOSCOW (AP) — Media reports say that more two dozen people have been detained in Kazakhstan's capital over a proposed name change.
A look at those jockeying to be Thailand's next leader
BANGKOK (AP) — More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday's general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago.
The Latest: Dutch PM: Britain could walk out without deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1 a.m. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it to seek more time under any circumstance.
AP Exclusive: Guaido's Citgo snubs US execs in Caracas jail
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When the Trump administration paved the way for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to name a new board to run the U.S.
New Thai election rules make it hard to trump junta's pick
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand heads to the polls Sunday to vote in the country's first general election since the military toppled an elected government in a coup nearly five years ago.