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N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

Associated Press

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting with China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo vi AP)

China's Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat

- Associated Press

Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that China welcomes German companies during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel that gives Beijing an opportunity to try to recruit an ally in its trade feud with U.S. President Donald Trump.

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, security workers guard at construction site of the U.S. Consulate compound in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. The State Department said an email notice Wednesday, May 23, 2018, that a U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

- Associated Press

No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee's report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba.

A masked gunman shoots in the air during the funeral of Palestinian Uday Abu Khalil, 15, who died from his wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli troops during during protests last week, in the West village of Ein Senia, near Ramallah, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

- Associated Press

Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018, an announcement likely to further ratchet up tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

FILE - In this May 10, 2018, file photo President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, back, waves at the media and others upon arrival of former North Korean detainees Tony Kim, left, Kim Dong Chul and Kim Hak Song, unseen, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Human rights an afterthought ahead of US-North Korea summit

- Associated Press

Ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump's focus has been on stagecraft, the will-they-or-won't-they drama and visions of a legacy-defining nuclear deal. The human rights woes of North Koreans have been more of an afterthought.

President Donald Trump's hair is ruffled by a breeze as he speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, en route to a day trip to New York.  Trump will hold a roundtable discussion on Long Island on illegal immigration and gang violence that the White House is calling a "national call to action for legislative policy changes."   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

- Associated Press

The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be "very happy" with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

FILE - In this May 31, 2017 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel and China's Premier Li Keqiang joke prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany.     German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to China with a business delegation on Wednesday afternoon.  (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop, pool, file)

Merkel in China stresses dialogue on human rights, tech

Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday stressed the importance of dialogue with China during a visit to Beijing that comes amid shared concerns over trade with the United States and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.