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BEIJING (AP) — Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade. Anger swept the city of Hunchun, home to hundreds of seafood processing plants, after Beijing began refusing entry Tuesday to trucks carrying tons of North Korean seafood. China announced Monday that it was cutting off imports of North Korean goods under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programs. But given China's often-lax history of sanctions enforcement, seafood traders were shocked as trucks began lining up at the border with customs officials ordering them to return the seafood to the North.

Trump. aides struggle for new strategy for Afghan war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his top national security aides huddled in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate an effective new Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of war.

The Latest: Marchers in North Carolina protest supremacists

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on developments related to a violent white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):

Spain terror: Who were the victims of Barcelona and Cambrils attacks?

An American citizen was killed and another was injured in the terror attacks in Spain, US officials have said. Two Italian men, one Belgian woman and a Spanish man are also among those confirmed dead so far. Thirteen people were killed on Thursday when a van veered on to Las Ramblas in Barcelona and struck pedestrians.

Farewell to Sir Bruce Forsyth, a national treasure who was truly our own

Brucie, as we knew him, was unusual in having a Guinness Book of Records category basically invented for him – longest career ever as a male presenter. This roughly followed the reign of Elizabeth II, his contemporary.

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

By Bulent Usta ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections. The comments, some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany, illustrating the widening divide between the NATO allies and major trade partners. "I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey.

Trump, top aides seek to overcome divisions delaying Afghan strategy

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump huddled with his national security team on Friday to try to agree on a strategy for Afghanistan which includes options ranging from a pullout or reduction of U.S. forces to a modest troop increase. It was unclear if the meeting at Camp David, in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, would overcome internal divisions. Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, and some military commanders favour a troop hike, while “anti-globalists,” who were led by Steven Bannon before he was fired on Friday as Trump's chief strategist, back withdrawing U.S. forces, U.S. officials said.

'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after Charlottesville

Mitt Romney said Trump’s comments after violence in Charlottesville had caused ‘the vast heart of America to mourn’. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an “unraveling of our national fabric” on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally. Nearly one week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Peru court convicts two of human-rights abuses at military base

A Peruvian court on Friday found guilty two of the seven former military officers who were accused of torturing and murdering civilians in a poor highland province in 1983. Judge Ricardo Brousset also said the state of Peru was partially responsible for the crimes and must pay reparations because the men had acted on orders to "disappear" suspected members of the Maoist-inspired Shining Path rebel group. The ruling delivered the first convictions in a case emblematic of state-sponsored human rights violations in Peru.

The Latest: California mass killer spared the death penalty

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing to determine if a convicted mass killer should be spared the death penalty (all times local):

Statues row is casting Robert E Lee as the villain | Letters

Labelling the general as a fervent supporter of slavery does him a disservice, argues Francis Blake. While I admire Jason Wilson’s examination of the origins of the current Confederate statues controversy (G2, 17 August), I feel that the opposing arguments have failed to recognise, or give due credit to, Robert E Lee’s actual military reputation. As a brilliant field commander, he often makes it onto military historians’ “top 20 generals of all time” lists, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Napoleon and Alexander the Great.

Rwanda leader Kagame inaugurated; won nearly 99 pct of vote

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in for a third term Friday after winning re-election with nearly 99 percent of the vote.

Afghan official: 7 die in violence in western Herat province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says seven people have died in two separate incidents of violence in the western Herat province.

Lawyer: Woman wasn't high in wreck that killed her grandkids

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — The lawyer for a New Jersey woman accused of driving from a funeral in South Carolina under the influence of marijuana in a crash that killed her two grandchildren says his client wasn't high.

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists.

Hollywood's hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

NEW YORK (AP) — Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk.

Lebanese army finds surface-to-air missile in Nusra Front arms cache-security source

The Lebanese army found a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in a weapons cache left by Nusra Front militants after it took over some of the jihadists' positions in northeast Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Friday. Photographs of the cache sent by the security source showed large numbers of shells and rockets. There have been sporadic reports throughout Syria's six-year-old civil war of rebel groups gaining access to SAMs.

In Germany, neo-Nazis get to march but threats are verboten

BERLIN (AP) — Given Germany's grim history as the home of National Socialism and the efforts it has made since then to atone for its genocidal past, it might seem surprising that far-right extremists who glorify a dead Nazi official are allowed to march in his honor this weekend.

Alleged Yahoo hacker in Canada agrees to extradition to US

A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in ...

Barcelona van attacker among five killed by police - Spanish media

By Andrés González, Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano BARCELONA (Reuters) - The driver of the van that ploughed into crowds in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people, was one of five men shot dead by police in a Catalan seaside resort hours later, two Spanish newspapers reported on Friday. Josep Lluis Trapero, police chief in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia, had said earlier that it was possible, but not confirmed, that the driver was among those killed. The driver abandoned the van and fled on Thursday after speeding along a pedestrianised section of Las Ramblas, the most famous boulevard in Barcelona, leaving a trail of dead and injured people.

Two dead, at least six hurt in knife attack in Finland

By Tuomas Forsell TURKU, Finland (Reuters) - A man with a knife killed two people and wounded at least six in a stabbing rampage in a market square in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said.

Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. general restated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us". Fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programmes have grown in recent weeks. Pyongyang has said it was considering plans to fire missiles over Japan towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have delayed the decision.

UK Parenting Expert Caught In Barcelona Terror Attack Puts Tips On Talking To Kids About Terror Into Practice

A British mum and dad on holiday with their two young children in Barcelona, Spain have defiantly decided to stay in the city despite initial fears.

After Barcelona attack, defiance in European capitals

By Emma Rumney and Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Dan Creasey was in a bar close to his coffee stall in London's Borough Market when three Islamists ploughed a van into pedestrians before stabbing revellers and tourists. The June 3 attack on Borough Market was one of a series by Islamist militants on European tourist hotspots in the past two years, the latest in Barcelona on Thursday when a van was driven into crowds on the Ramblas boulevard, killing 14. In European capitals that have already seen such attacks -- London, Paris and Berlin -- the mood on Friday was one of defiance tinged with an acknowledgement that some visitors might be scared off.

Bruce Forsyth, veteran British TV host and entertainer, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Forsyth, a legendary entertainer, host and quizmaster on English television whose career spanned the history of TV, has died.

Trump fires controversial chief strategist Bannon

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday fired Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the latest high-level White House shake-up, removing a powerful and controversial figure known for far-right political views. Bannon was a force behind some of Trump's most contentious policies, including a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations, and has fought with more moderate factions inside a White House riven with rivalries and back-stabbing. Bannon's ouster comes with the president, seven months into his term in office, increasingly isolated over his comments following white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville last Saturday.

Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump's turbulent White House

Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving. Trump accepted Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, ...

Venezuela constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

Venezuela's constituent assembly on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fuelling criticism that the new all-powerful legislative superbody is undermining democracy in the crisis-stricken country. "The constituent assembly ... decrees that it will assume the power to legislate on issues directly related to preservation of peace, the socio-economic financial system ... and the preeminence of Venezuelans' human rights," read a decree, which was approved unanimously. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped congress of powers and shot down nearly every law it has approved since the opposition took control of it in 2016.

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a ...

President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves post

President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post, according to US reports. Mr Bannon was a key adviser to Donald Trump during the general election campaign and has been a contentious presence in the White House. The former leader of conservative news website Breitbart News has pressed Mr Trump to follow through with his campaign promises.

Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress' powers

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.

NYC subway tiles to be altered over Confederate flag concern

NEW YORK (AP) — Transit officials have decided to alter subway tiles at a Manhattan station that have a cross-like design similar to that of the Confederate flag.

Finnish police shoot man who stabs 8 people in Turku; 2 dead

A man stabbed eight people Friday in Finland's western city of Turku, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him, police said. Authorities were looking for more potential ...

'Mooch' criticises Trump's Virginia response

The former White House communications director says the President needed to be harsher in his condemnation of white supremacism.

Amateur video shows Cambrils suspect shot dead

A video shows the moment an alleged attacker was shot dead by police on a seafront street in the holiday resort of Cambrils. Sky's Ian Wood reports.

Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia. Saturday's rally has drawn intense concern from city and state officials following the violence in Charlottesville, when white supremacists at a "Unite the Right" rally fought in the streets with anti-racism protesters.

Spain attacks: Policeman shot dead four Cambrils terrorists

A policeman killed four of the five terrorists in the Cambrils attack in Spain, it has been revealed. Catalan regional police official Josep Lluis Trapero said it was "not easy" for the officer involved, despite being a professional. Police have said one of the five terrorists shot dead in Cambrils could have been the van driver in the Barcelona attack.

Mourners remember Virginia trooper killed in copter crash

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state police trooper who died in the fatal crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring a violent white-nationalist protest in Charlottesville was remembered Friday as a devoted family man and proud law enforcement officer.

Silent tribute brings moment of unity to grieving Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When crowds in downtown Barcelona fell silent for one minute Friday to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in the city, one thing was conspicuously absent: any reference to Catalan's burgeoning independence drive.