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Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:22:22 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes and raising the international nuclear standoff to a new level. Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people." In a lengthy statement carried by state media, Kim said Trump would "pay dearly" for his recent threat to destroy North Korea.



Search for Mexico quake survivors enters day 4, some success

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:07:24 UT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Mexico's federal police said several people were lifted out of the debris of two buildings Thursday. Rescuers removed or broke through slabs until they found cracks that allowed workers to wiggle through to reach the victims, then lift them to safety. The city government said 60 people in all had been rescued since the quake hit at midday Tuesday.



UK leader to try to break Brexit logjam in Italy speech

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:06:55 UT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Friday to revive foundering Brexit talks — and unify her fractious government — by proposing a two-year transition after Britain's departure from the European Union in 2019 during which the U.K. would continue to pay into the bloc's coffers. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the speech would show that Britain is a country that "meets is obligations." May will give the speech in Florence, Italy, in front of a backdrop reading "Shared History, Shared Challenges, Shared Future." May's office released extracts of the speech, which says Britain and the EU share "a profound sense of responsibility" to ensure their parting goes "smoothly and sensibly.



Analysis: Kim Jong Un, taking on Trump, makes it personal

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:03:24 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — So much for keeping the U.S.-North Korea crisis a country-to-country war of words. North Korea's dictator, taking his cue from America's president, has made it a decidedly personal matter. Put aside for a moment the name-calling — "Rocket Man" from Donald Trump earlier this week, "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" from Kim Jong Un in comments released Friday. What really stands out is the overall tone of Kim's first-person response — the first of its kind from the North, Seoul says. The North Korean leader's personal warning is aimed directly at Trump.



Uber to lose its license to operate in London

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:34:33 UT

LONDON (AP) — Uber's license to operate in London won't be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in London, isn't "fit and proper" to hold a license to operate a private-hire vehicle service. "TfL considers that Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," the regulator said in a statement.



Trump piles on new economic sanctions against North Korea

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:21:26 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has added economic sanctions to his fiery military threats against North Korea, and renewed his rhetorical offensive against Kim Jong Un on Friday, calling the reclusive leader "obviously a madman." Trump's move to punish foreign companies that deal with the North was the latest salvo in a U.S.-led campaign to isolate and impoverish Kim's government until his country halts its missile and nuclear tests. Trump announced the measures Thursday as he met leaders from South Korea and Japan, the nations most immediately imperiled by North Korea's threats of a military strike.



For Rohingya Muslim child refugees, too many losses to count

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:20:49 UT

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Abdul Hamid has the wide-open smile of a child and the eyes of an adult. By age 12, the Rohingya Muslim boy has seen more than anyone should have to see in a lifetime. He saw his father shot by "Burma soldiers," he volunteers in a calm yet deeply unsettling tone, lifting two fingers of his right hand to illustrate the act. When his father didn't die right away, he saw the soldiers slash his throat. His mother fled their home in Myanmar with Hamid and four younger siblings. They hid in forests for days and then walked for two days to reach the safety of Bangladesh. Now he is the "elder" of his family, he says.



North Korean leader Kim called Trump a what? A 'dotard'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:14:10 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Famous for using bombastic, derogatory and often-awkward English slams against enemies, North Korean state media sent people scrambling for dictionaries Friday with a dispatch that quotes leader Kim Jong Un calling President Donald Trump "the mentally deranged U.S. dotard." The what? Dotard means a person in a feeble or childish state due to old age. It's a translation of a Korean word, "neukdari," which is a derogatory reference to an old person. It was used in an unusual direct statement from Kim that the Korean Central News Agency transmitted verbatim in response to Trump's speech at the U.N. this week, in which he mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission," and said that if the U.S.



After Equifax, public shaming but GOP wary of new rules

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:07:30 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Since early this year, President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress have strived to curb government's influence on businesses, arguing that regulations stifle economic growth. Lawmakers have repealed more than a dozen Obama-era rules and the House voted in June to roll back much of Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent future meltdowns.



Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:04:17 UT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It's Trump versus Trumpland. President Donald Trump's political muscles are getting a workout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama that has an awkward dynamic: He's campaigning for the establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart beloved by many of his own most ardent supporters, including his former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Motivated by personal loyalty and a sense that the race is newly competitive, Trump heads to Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange, appointed in February to temporarily fill the seat that opened up when Jeff Sessions became attorney general.