The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:59:20 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Now that Britain wants out, EU must figure out how to do it http://www.dailyastorian.com/now-that-britain-wants-out-eu-must-figure-out-how-to-do-it-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8b7ebf516af941539d3a5afd995f52ae http://www.dailyastorian.com/now-that-britain-wants-out-eu-must-figure-out-how-to-do-it-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8b7ebf516af941539d3a5afd995f52ae#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:52:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259858 BRUSSELS (AP) Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the bloc's first order of business is figuring out how to get rid of it. Surprisingly, that's a tall order.

Britain seemingly has the luxury to pick and choose when to start the laborious, intricate process of disengagement from the 28-nation group, which is expected to take years.

EU leaders exhorted Britain on Saturday to activate as soon as possible Article 50 of the EU's governing Lisbon Treaty, which contains the exit clause and is the key to let the EU get on with its political life.

"There is urgency. There is no time to lose," said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Britain, however, saw no need for quick action.

"It is vital to stress that there is now no need for haste," said former London Mayor Boris Johnson, the most prominent supporter of the "leave" campaign.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the process probably would not be triggered before October, when he will step down.

"There is a clear plea from the majority of member states to speed this process up," said Foreign Minister Bert Koenders of the Netherlands, which holds the EU presidency.

On Saturday, the foreign ministers of the EU's six founding members Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg were meeting in Berlin to look at the legal landscape.

At a two-day summit of the 28 EU leaders opening Tuesday, Cameron will be asked to leave the room at some stage so they can assess their future without Britain.

The 27 will find much political and legal uncertainty.

No country has ever left the EU before, so no one knows exactly how the process will play out beyond the fact that Britain must, at some point, unambiguously notify the bloc of its intentions and set a two-year clock ticking for negotiating its departure. Until it formally withdraws, Britain will remain a member, with all the rights and obligations that go along with membership.

It is in Britain's interest to delay the process so it can better prepare its exit conditions and pressure other EU nations to make concessions.

In the short term, the EU's policy commissioners will meet Monday in Brussels to take stock of developments. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, must make recommendations to Britain's partners about what principles they might use to guide the exit negotiations.

Member states must agree with a qualified majority or about two-thirds on Britain's departure. But should the talks drag on toward the two-year time limit, all 27 would have to agree unanimously to extend the negotiations. If none is allowed, EU law would automatically cease to apply to Britain after two years.

The European Parliament will hold an emergency session Tuesday, hours before the summit. It must endorse any final decision by the member states by a simple majority, but the session is only likely to focus on a political resolution taking note of the U.K. vote and stating the assembly's position on what should happen next.

Until the process is completed and Britain withdraws, any EU agencies on British territory could remain there, British EU lawmakers would still work in the parliament, and the U.K. would still have a say in other negotiations, such as trade talks with other countries.

In addition, the hundreds of British citizens employed by the EU's institutions and agencies could keep their jobs conceivably for a few more years.

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The Latest: UK's representative to EU executive resigns http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-uks-representative-to-eu-executive-resigns-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6f924b197a6b45c6bcf9c9383f3e244b http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-uks-representative-to-eu-executive-resigns-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6f924b197a6b45c6bcf9c9383f3e244b#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:52:37 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259870 LONDON (AP) The Latest on Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Britain's representative on the EU's executive body says he is resigning because it would not be right to carry on after the U.K. vote to leave the bloc.

Jonathan Hill, Britain's EU commissioner, says he's very disappointed by the referendum result, but "what is done cannot be undone."

Hill says in a statement that he will work with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to ensure there is an "orderly handover."

Hill says he started his job skeptical of the EU but leaves it "certain that, despite its frustrations, our membership was good for our place in the world and good for our economy."

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British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says Britain must react "calmly and rationally" to the divisive EU referendum campaign.

Corbyn, whose Labour Party backed a vote to stay in the bloc, says the areas that voted most strongly to leave are "communities that have effectively been abandoned" by economic change and the austerity policies of Britain's Conservative government.

He told a meeting in London Saturday that politicians needed to take seriously voters' concerns about immigration, which led many to back a British exit from the 28-nation EU.

Many Labour lawmakers strongly backed "remain" and accuse the socialist Corbyn, a longtime critic of the EU, of failing to rally party supporters behind staying in the bloc. Several are trying to rally support behind a bid to unseat Corbyn.

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12:55 p.m.

Luxembourg's foreign minister says Britain needs to quickly start negotiations with the European Union on its exit from the trade bloc.

Speaking Saturday in Berlin after meeting with other top European diplomats, Jean Asselborn said he hoped there would be no "cat and mouse" game now and that Britain would invoke Article 50 of the EU charter, which allows for a country to leave.

"There must be clarity," Asselborn told reporters. "The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision."

He added that once outside the bloc, Britain would be a "third country" the EU term for non-members in terms of trade agreements but emphasized that was "not meant negatively."

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12:50 p.m.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will launch immediate talks with European Union nations and institutions to find a way to remain in the bloc despite Britain's vote to leave.

Sturgeon says voters in Scotland gave "emphatic" backing to remaining in the bloc. A majority of voters in more-populous England opted to leave.

After meeting with her Cabinet she said "we will seek to enter into immediate discussion" with the rest of the EU.

She says a new referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom is "very much on the table."

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12:40 p.m.

European foreign ministers are urging quick negotiations on Britain's departure from the EU to avoid prolonged financial and political insecurity for the continent.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said "there is a certain urgency ... so that we don't have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences."

He spoke in Berlin on Saturday alongside counterparts from the other five founding members of what has become the EU Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. They also spoke of the need for a speedy renegotiation.

He also urged the remaining 27 EU countries to return to "the spirit of the founders" of European unity, forged to prevent conflict via trade after World War II. "It is up to us to recreate this spirit," he said, noting all the European countries that subsequently joined after overthrowing dictatorships and embracing democracy.

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12:20 p.m.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says negotiations on British exit should begin "as soon as possible" but adds that "intensive European discussions" are needed.

Speaking after a meeting in Berlin with foreign ministers of the other five founding members of the EU, Steinmeier there is a need to "show the people of Europe that Europe is important, and not only important but able to carry out its work."

He also called for Britain to engage in talks sooner rather than later. He says: "We understand and respect the result and understand that Great Britain will now concentrate on Great Britain," but adds that Britain as a responsibility to work with the EU on exit terms.

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10:05 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande says the British vote to leave the European Union poses questions "for the whole planet."

Hollande vowed Saturday to maintain relations with Britain, notably concerning migrants crossing between the two countries and military and economic cooperation.

Speaking after a meeting in Paris with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hollande said: "For the entire planet there is a question, what will happen?"

He called for an orderly separation between Britain and the EU after Thursday's historic vote to exit the bloc, formed after two world wars to prevent new conflict via trade cooperation.

Hollande, whose country was a founding pillar of European unity, is holding emergency meetings Saturday with leaders of France's political parties as EU leaders try to keep the bloc from unravelling after the British vote.

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08:30 a.m.

Top diplomats from the European Union's original six founding nations are meeting in Berlin for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote to leave the bloc.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is critical to see the vote as a wakeup call. He was heading into meetings Saturday with his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Steinmeier says EU politicians must listen "to the expectations of the European governments but also to the expectations of the people."

He cautioned against rash decisions, saying that "it's totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis."

Steinmeier's office says the meeting is one of many conversations now taking place, and shouldn't be seen as "an exclusive format."

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AP Top News at 7:50 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-750-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldddd4a84a5c0721fa87e134b7a4dc0f82 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-750-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldddd4a84a5c0721fa87e134b7a4dc0f82#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:52:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259925 Now that Britain wants out, EU must figure out how to do itBritish brace for economic repercussions of EU exit decisionCrews rescue the stranded in West Virginia flooding; 23 deadPope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'Elderly couple dead, 80 homes burn in California wildfireChina cuts contact with Taiwan liaison body over TsaiKanye West unveils "Famous" video of him, celebrities]]> Texas police say 2 dead, several injured after shooting at nonprofit dance studio in Fort Worth http://www.dailyastorian.com/texas-police-say-2-dead-several-injured-after-shooting-at-nonprofit-dance-studio-in-fort-worth-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world672570d716ba4beda49378039964e020 http://www.dailyastorian.com/texas-police-say-2-dead-several-injured-after-shooting-at-nonprofit-dance-studio-in-fort-worth-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world672570d716ba4beda49378039964e020#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:42:54 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259853 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Texas police say 2 dead, several injured after shooting at nonprofit dance studio in Fort Worth.

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Britain's EU commissioner resigns, says 'What's done cannot be undone.' http://www.dailyastorian.com/britains-eu-commissioner-resigns-says-whats-done-cannot-be-undone-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world11a963908c1743219dac31914ab98adf http://www.dailyastorian.com/britains-eu-commissioner-resigns-says-whats-done-cannot-be-undone-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world11a963908c1743219dac31914ab98adf#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:42:54 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259852 LONDON (AP) Britain's EU commissioner resigns, says 'What's done cannot be undone.'

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Germany's Merkel says she seeks 'good, objective' climate in talks on British exit from EU, no need to be nasty http://www.dailyastorian.com/germanys-merkel-says-she-seeks-good-objective-climate-in-talks-on-british-exit-from-eu-no-need-to-be-nasty-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldfbbc67ec375741af97cd0c1407da995d http://www.dailyastorian.com/germanys-merkel-says-she-seeks-good-objective-climate-in-talks-on-british-exit-from-eu-no-need-to-be-nasty-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldfbbc67ec375741af97cd0c1407da995d#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:40:59 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259855 BERLIN (AP) Germany's Merkel says she seeks 'good, objective' climate in talks on British exit from EU, no need to be nasty.

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AP Top International News at 7:39 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-739-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world89a8b3c4b953fa8aa2a625d95cd0e49e http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-739-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world89a8b3c4b953fa8aa2a625d95cd0e49e#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:41:00 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259933 The Latest: UK opposition leaders urges calm responseCrisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for economy sectorsNow that Britain wants out, EU must figure out how to do itPro-EU Scots, Northern Irish eye UK escape after Brexit voteChina cuts contact with Taiwan liaison body over TsaiPope at Armenia genocide memorial: Never forget or minimizeHundreds of Syrian Kurds flee IS-held areas amid abductionsChina to regulate search results following man's death]]> Hundreds of Syrian Kurds flee IS-held areas amid abductions http://www.dailyastorian.com/hundreds-of-syrian-kurds-flee-is-held-areas-amid-abductions-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6b87ecb1cf54418594d5cd231edd088d http://www.dailyastorian.com/hundreds-of-syrian-kurds-flee-is-held-areas-amid-abductions-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6b87ecb1cf54418594d5cd231edd088d#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:41:28 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259854 BEIRUT (AP) An opposition monitoring group and a Kurdish official say hundreds of Kurds are fleeing villages controlled by the Islamic state group in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

Sherfan Darwish, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces, said Saturday that as one family fled they were struck by an exploding mine that killed two family members and wounded the remaining three. He says that a 10-year-old girl was killed by IS sniper fire.

People were fleeing their homes after IS abducted about 900 Kurdish civilians in Aleppo province over the past three weeks, forcing the captives to build fortifications for the extremists in retaliation for a Kurdish-led assault on a nearby IS stronghold.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens more Kurds have been abducted since Friday.

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British brace for economic repercussions of EU exit decision http://www.dailyastorian.com/british-brace-for-economic-repercussions-of-eu-exit-decision-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldf89d2a8a206449f89458eaadfb76436c http://www.dailyastorian.com/british-brace-for-economic-repercussions-of-eu-exit-decision-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldf89d2a8a206449f89458eaadfb76436c#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:52:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259874 LONDON (AP) The British were warned for weeks that a vote to leave the European Union would result in economic pain. Now they'll find out whether it will.

U.K. financial leaders are scrambling to reassure households, businesses and investors that they can contain the doom and gloom they had predicted in case of a British exit, or Brexit. The pound plunged to its lowest level in over 30 years on Friday, raising concerns about price inflation, and shares in the U.K.'s biggest banks and real estate builders posted double-digit declines as economists predicted the country would fall into recession.

Economists slashed their forecasts for Britain, with some expecting a recession and next to no growth next year. That's a sharp reverse for an economy that had been among the best-performing in the developed world in recent years.

In an early sign of problems, Moody's Investors Service downgraded the U.K. outlook from "stable" to "negative." The referendum result, it said, "will herald a prolonged period of uncertainty for the UK, with negative implications for the country's medium-term growth outlook."

Holly Miller, 32, said the vote would affect her economic life profoundly.

"I'm quite shocked by it all," she said. "I'm just applying for a mortgage so we're worried about that."

Only the soothing reassurances of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney managed to ease the market carnage on Friday, as he pledged to stabilize markets if needed. But beyond the short-term market turmoil, the concern is what the vote means for the national economy and its 64 million people.

Before the vote, with campaigning in full swing, the British Treasury had estimated that an exit from the EU would cost the country the equivalent of 4,300 pounds ($5,900) per household. Tax receipts would face a 30 billion pounds shortfall that would have to be filled with tax increases on income and inheritance. House prices, the Treasury had said, could be as much as 18 percent lower by 2018 than if the country hadn't left the EU.

Campaigners for "leave" dismissed this as scare-mongering. With the vote result confirmed, the "remain" camp sought to shift away from warnings and into damage control: trying to maintain confidence in the business community and among households.

The City of London Corporation, which represents the financial services industry, a big maker of money and jobs for the country, sought to downplay the impact of the vote on the City, the square mile that is the heart of London's financial hub.

"The City of London has thrived as a financial and trading center for more than a thousand years and will continue to do so," Mark Boleat, policy chairman for the Corporation, said in a statement. "There will be no mass exit of banks and financial institutions from the square mile. While there will be uncertainty as Brexit negotiations go on we are still the financial center of the fifth-largest economy in the world."

Some companies, particularly banks, had said they could move jobs away from London if Britain leaves the EU. That is likely to cost some jobs. How many is yet to be seen.

The British economy could also find it more costly to raise money. Ratings agency Standard & Poor's is considering downgrading the country because of the uncertainty related to the vote. A lower rating could mean higher borrowing costs for the government and in the longer term, less money to spend on schools, hospitals and roads.

"The real question now is how badly the EU will punish the U.K. for this decision," said Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management.

Others were looking on the bright side.

At First Property Group, a London-based real estate investment firm, Chief Executive Ben Habib, who backed leaving the EU, said the vote means Britain will now be able to drive a better deal with the rest of Europe.

Supporters of the "leave" campaign had accepted that there was a potential economic cost to leaving the EU, but have claimed it is a short-term price to pay in exchange for greater control of policies like immigration and borders.

"We now have the foundations for a very good negotiation with the EU," he said, while minimizing the market turmoil. "The markets are gyrating, but these are gyrations and will not materially affect our economy."

Habib said the drop in the pound would help British exporters by making their goods cheaper and more competitive in the global marketplace.

Habib's colleague and friend George Digby, however, was less upbeat. He had voted to remain and said the best he could do was wait and see if there is significant economic damage, as his "remain" camp had claimed.

"I hope I am proved wrong on that score," he said.

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Pau Gasol says he wants to play in Rio Olympics despite Zika http://www.dailyastorian.com/pau-gasol-says-he-wants-to-play-in-rio-olympics-despite-zika-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports757ac8440ccb4bb3a70bf5eea552a6cd http://www.dailyastorian.com/pau-gasol-says-he-wants-to-play-in-rio-olympics-despite-zika-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports757ac8440ccb4bb3a70bf5eea552a6cd#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:31:20 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259857 MADRID (AP) Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol says he wants to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite concerns over the Zika virus.

The 35-year-old center announced in an article for Spanish newspaper Marca on Saturday that he's available for the Spanish national team in what will be his fourth Olympics.

Gasol said last month he was considering not playing in Rio because there was too much uncertainty about Zika. He later said he was considering freezing a sperm sample.

The mosquito-borne disease has been linked to severe birth defects in infants born to infected women.

Two-time silver medalist Gasol called Zika "a serious issue" and said it was his duty to make people aware of it.

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10 Spain players tested for doping at Euro 2016 http://www.dailyastorian.com/10-spain-players-tested-for-doping-at-euro-2016-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports460746e4f0704390a8fbeef5de2c6400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/10-spain-players-tested-for-doping-at-euro-2016-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports460746e4f0704390a8fbeef5de2c6400#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:31:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259856 LA ROCHELLE, France (AP) Spain says 10 national soccer team players have undergone doping tests at its European Championship training camp in western France.

The Spanish soccer federation says UEFA officials showed up Saturday morning at the team's hotel at Il de Re to conduct the tests.

The officials collected blood and urine samples from the 10 players, whose names were not released.

The federation says the tests were conducted "without any incidents."

Spain will face Italy on Monday in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals at Stade de France.

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Putin praises 'all-embracing' partnership of Russia, China http://www.dailyastorian.com/putin-praises-all-embracing-partnership-of-russia-china-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbb23410e3ca64fd2a3d57704d22064f5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/putin-praises-all-embracing-partnership-of-russia-china-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbb23410e3ca64fd2a3d57704d22064f5#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:21:01 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259871 BEIJING (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust.

Putin told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that ties were based firmly on common economic interests, a reference to Russian hopes for Chinese investment and purchases of its oil, gas and military exports.

"Our relations really have the character of an all-embracing and strategic partnership," Putin told Li at the start of their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing.

While Russia and China are linked by cooperation on the international stage, as well as in culture, education and other spheres, "in one way or another, everything has an economic base," Putin said.

Leaders from both countries have extolled the blossoming strategic partnership between the former communist rivals, despite a major decline in two-way trade and the failure to materialize of a slew of ambitious projects.

Observers attribute the slow progress to Beijing's hard-nosed bargaining position and the Kremlin's deep-seated suspicions about the growing might of China.

Putin later met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, to whom he said the people of both countries had a strong desire to "strengthen, develop our relations."

"I'm sure our countries can reach a bigger success in all areas in trade, investment, agriculture, energy, and of course in high tech, which is a priority for us," Putin told Xi.

Xi told Putin that the two countries should "promote widely the idea of being friends forever."

The close personal relationship between Putin and Xi and their shared desire to counter perceived U.S. global domination appear to be the main driving forces behind Russia-China cooperation.

The renewed push to bolster relations with China came after the United States and the European Union imposed an array of crippling sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, cutting its access to world financial markets and blocking the transfer of modern technologies. Moscow was also purged from the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations.

In May 2014, Putin visited Beijing and presided over the signing of numerous deals, including a mammoth 30-year natural gas contract worth $400 billion, seeking to show the West that Russia still had viable options.

A later deal saw a branch of Chinese state-owned energy company CNPC buying a stake in a project to build a giant liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic. Also in December, China's Sinopec bought a stake in Russia's Sibur energy company.

China has also promised to offer multibillion-dollar loans to help build a high-speed rail link between Moscow and the Volga River city of Kazan.

Other ambitious deals have been expected, but most of them have floundered amid Russia's economic uncertainty.

The sharp devaluation of the Russian currency under the double impact of low global oil prices and Western sanctions has been a key factor behind bilateral trade dropping from nearly $100 billion a year in 2014 to just over $60 billion last year. Energy resources account for two-thirds of Russian exports to China.

Moscow has also been unsettled by Beijing's ambitious Silk Road Economic Belt project, intended to encourage infrastructure development in formerly Soviet Central Asia, which Russia sees as its home turf. China has promised to coordinate the project with the Russia-dominated Eurasian Economic Union, but clearly has put an emphasis on bilateral deals with Kazakhstan and other members of the bloc.

The prospect of potential Chinese expansion long has worried residents of Russia's sparsely populated far eastern regions, especially over the Kremlin's decision to surrender significant slices of land along the 4,200-kilometer (2,600-mile) border to China in a 2005 demarcation deal.

While ambitious hopes for closer economic cooperation haven't materialized, Russia and China have bolstered their military ties, which have included joint war games and contacts on missile defense. Russian weapons exports to China, which peaked in the 1990s and fell dramatically in the following decade, have received a new boost recently.

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EU's founding members say talks on UK exit needed urgently http://www.dailyastorian.com/eus-founding-members-say-talks-on-uk-exit-needed-urgently-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world64095f86704b4455ac44a22efdb77122 http://www.dailyastorian.com/eus-founding-members-say-talks-on-uk-exit-needed-urgently-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world64095f86704b4455ac44a22efdb77122#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:31:06 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259877 BERLIN (AP) The founding members of the European Union on Saturday urged for quick negotiations about Britain's departure from the bloc, saying the other 27 countries in the union need to move ahead and think about the future.

In a display of unity in Berlin, foreign ministers of the six founding members urged for quick negotiations to avoid prolonged financial and political insecurity for the continent.

"There is a certain urgency ... so that we don't have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences," French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said.

He spoke alongside counterparts from the other five founding members of what has become the EU Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. They all spoke of the need for a speedy renegotiation.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also said negotiations on a British exit, or Brexit, should begin "as soon as possible" and added that "intensive European discussions" are needed.

Steinmeier said there is a need to "show the people of Europe that Europe is important, and not only important but able to carry out its work."

Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said he hoped there would be no "cat and mouse" game now and that Britain would invoke Article 50 of the EU charter, which allows for a country to leave.

"There must be clarity," Asselborn told reporters. "The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision."

He added that once outside the bloc, Britain would be a "third country" the EU term for non-members in terms of trade agreements but emphasized that was "not meant negatively."

All six ministers said they agreed that Europe needs to do more to solve pressing issues like the migration crisis, unemployment and security concerns following the terror attacks in France and Belgium.

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AP Top Sports News at 6:55 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-655-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportscb700a0447367eba7f7011aa53db65d5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-655-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportscb700a0447367eba7f7011aa53db65d5#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:01:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259927 Briles officially out at Baylor after sexual assault scandalExperts: weak launch in Britain for DraftKingsSimone Biles on top again at US gymnastics championshipsDoping on everyone's mind heading into US swimming trialsWorld doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratoryIceland takes on England, the team it's cheered from afarLEADING OFF: Reyes return to New York? Garza boosts Brewers]]> Pope at Armenia genocide memorial: Never forget or minimize http://www.dailyastorian.com/pope-at-armenia-genocide-memorial-never-forget-or-minimize-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde489d9eff60941a198e68184254d6f53 http://www.dailyastorian.com/pope-at-armenia-genocide-memorial-never-forget-or-minimize-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde489d9eff60941a198e68184254d6f53#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:41:27 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259875 GYUMRI, Armenia (AP) Pope Francis demanded Saturday that the world never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians as he paid his respects at the country's imposing genocide memorial and greeted survivors emboldened by his recognition of the "genocide."

Francis presented a wreath at the memorial and stood, head bowed, in silent prayer before an eternal flame as priests blessed him with incense and a choir sang haunting hymns.

"Here I pray with sorrow in my heart so that a tragedy like this never again occurs, so that humanity will never forget and will know how to defeat evil with good," Francis wrote in the memorial's guest book. "May God protect the memory of the Armenian people. Memory should never be watered-down or forgotten. Memory is the source of peace and the future."

Francis returned to the theme of memory during a Mass in Gyumri, where several thousand people gathered in a central square for his only public Catholic Mass of his three-day visit to Armenia. Gyumri, nestled in the rolling green hills and wildflower fields of northwestern Armenia, has long been a cradle of Christianity, and Francis came here to pay homage to its faith even in times of trial.

"Peoples, like individuals, have a memory," he told the crowd from the makeshift altar. "Your own people's memory is ancient and precious."

The Vatican has long held the Armenian cause dear, holding up the poor nation of 3 million mostly Orthodox Christians as a bastion of faith and martyrdom in a largely Muslim region and the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301.

"We were saved by the Christian faith which in the years of the genocide helped our grandfathers and great-grandfathers," 38-year-old Vardui Simonyan, a granddaughter of genocide survivors, said after the pope's visit to the memorial. "The fact that one of the main people in Christendom is with us is inspiring."

In the most carefully watched speech of the trip, Francis on Friday ad-libbed the politically charged word "genocide" to his prepared text, listing the 1915 Armenian genocide alongside the Holocaust and Stalinism as the three great mass slaughters of the 20th century.

There was no immediate reaction from Turkey, which withdrew its ambassador last year and accused Francis of spreading lies when he first termed the slaughter genocide. Turkey rejects the term, saying the 1.5 million death figure cited by historians is inflated and that people died on both sides as the Ottoman Empire collapsed amid World War I.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Vatican wasn't aiming to renew conflict with Turkey by repeating the term, stressing that the pope has always called for reconciliation.

"I don't think there are reasons to see big problems," he said.

At the genocide memorial on Saturday, Francis greeted some descendants of the 400 or so Armenian orphans taken in by Popes Benedict XV and Pius XI at the papal summer residence south of Rome in the 1920s. Also approaching Francis was Sosi Habeschyan, 68, and her sister; their mother was a genocide orphan adopted and raised by Danish missionary Maria Jacobsen, who worked in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and wrote about the massacre.

"A blessing has come down on the land of Mt. Ararat," said Andzhela Adzhemyan, a 35-year old refugee from Syria who was a guest at the memorial. "He has given us the strength and confidence to keep our Christian faith no matter what."

In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians have seemed genuinely honored to welcome a pope who has long championed the Armenian cause from his time as an archbishop in Argentina and now as leader of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church.

"We have the memory of the genocide in our genes," said 45-year-old Alexander Rubenyan from Yerevan. "It used to be a gene of sadness, but with every visit of people like the pope the Armenian gene is becoming more alive and full of optimism."

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Demourian reported from Yerevan, Armenia.

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Tokyo assembly cancels mission to Rio over spiraling costs http://www.dailyastorian.com/tokyo-assembly-cancels-mission-to-rio-over-spiraling-costs-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports4bcd5a8b32644d348343111bb870938d http://www.dailyastorian.com/tokyo-assembly-cancels-mission-to-rio-over-spiraling-costs-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports4bcd5a8b32644d348343111bb870938d#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:51:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259859 TOKYO (AP) The Tokyo metropolitan assembly will not send a mission to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of spiraling costs.

Tokyo assembly members were scheduled to observe the Olympics in August as Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Games.

The move comes days after the resignation of Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe over criticism of his misuse of political funds and expensive overseas business trips.

The assembly determined the costs are expected to drastically exceed initial estimates of around $610,000 due partly to surging hotel fees, Kyodo news agency reported.

A citizens' ombudsman submitted a request to the assembly's president to have the trip cancelled.

Some assembly members will go to Rio on their own expense, citing the necessity to do so as members of an assembly of the next host city.

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French foreign minister says talks on UK exit needed urgently so EU can return to the spirit of the founders http://www.dailyastorian.com/french-foreign-minister-says-talks-on-uk-exit-needed-urgently-so-eu-can-return-to-the-spirit-of-the-founders-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7f35ad13204a48fba5100701dab6bc09 http://www.dailyastorian.com/french-foreign-minister-says-talks-on-uk-exit-needed-urgently-so-eu-can-return-to-the-spirit-of-the-founders-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7f35ad13204a48fba5100701dab6bc09#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:41:00 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259860 BERLIN (AP) French foreign minister says talks on UK exit needed urgently so EU can return to the spirit of the founders .

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German foreign minister says negotiations on British EU exit should begin 'as soon as possible' http://www.dailyastorian.com/german-foreign-minister-says-negotiations-on-british-eu-exit-should-begin-as-soon-as-possible-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda523ee548e12478aa7b1f72452567667 http://www.dailyastorian.com/german-foreign-minister-says-negotiations-on-british-eu-exit-should-begin-as-soon-as-possible-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda523ee548e12478aa7b1f72452567667#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:30:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259861 BERLIN (AP) German foreign minister says negotiations on British EU exit should begin 'as soon as possible'

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Chinese team confirmed in Kontinental Hockey League http://www.dailyastorian.com/chinese-team-confirmed-in-kontinental-hockey-league-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7c9d7cf22fd6450786f4c51ad1cba151 http://www.dailyastorian.com/chinese-team-confirmed-in-kontinental-hockey-league-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7c9d7cf22fd6450786f4c51ad1cba151#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:30:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259865 MOSCOW (AP) The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets.

The move means the 2022 Winter Olympic host city of Beijing now has a team in what is widely regarded as the strongest league outside the NHL. However, it is likely to rely almost exclusively on foreign pros rather than Asian players.

Kunlun Red Star has been approved by the KHL board to join the league and now faces a rush to get ready for the start of play in August. The KHL said a formal contract ceremony will take place Saturday in China.

With just under two months until the season starts Aug. 22, the KHL said in a statement that it was still not clear who would play for Kunlun or how it would recruit players.

"At the current time legal procedures are continuing related to the process of Kunlun Red Star competing in the KHL, and also the formation of the roster and plans for pre-season training," the league said in a statement.

Former New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk is among several Russian stars named in local media as possible signings for Kunlun.

After the KHL started play in 2008, it targeted aggressive expansion into European markets. That process has slowed due to chronic financial problems with many new teams, which have relied heavily on money from Russian government-owned companies. Instead, the KHL is aiming to grow in Asia.

Kunlun's addition takes the KHL to 29 teams from eight countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. The vast majority, 22 teams, are from Russia and the league includes various regulations designed to help the Russian national team prepare for international tournaments.

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Chinese team confirmed in Kontinental Hockey League http://www.dailyastorian.com/chinese-team-confirmed-in-kontinental-hockey-league-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports7c9d7cf22fd6450786f4c51ad1cba151 http://www.dailyastorian.com/chinese-team-confirmed-in-kontinental-hockey-league-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports7c9d7cf22fd6450786f4c51ad1cba151#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:30:56 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259869 MOSCOW (AP) The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets.

The move means the 2022 Winter Olympic host city of Beijing now has a team in what is widely regarded as the strongest league outside the NHL. However, it is likely to rely almost exclusively on foreign pros rather than Asian players.

Kunlun Red Star has been approved by the KHL board to join the league and now faces a rush to get ready for the start of play in August. The KHL said a formal contract ceremony will take place Saturday in China.

With just under two months until the season starts Aug. 22, the KHL said in a statement that it was still not clear who would play for Kunlun or how it would recruit players.

"At the current time legal procedures are continuing related to the process of Kunlun Red Star competing in the KHL, and also the formation of the roster and plans for pre-season training," the league said in a statement.

Former New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk is among several Russian stars named in local media as possible signings for Kunlun.

After the KHL started play in 2008, it targeted aggressive expansion into European markets. That process has slowed due to chronic financial problems with many new teams, which have relied heavily on money from Russian government-owned companies. Instead, the KHL is aiming to grow in Asia.

Kunlun's addition takes the KHL to 29 teams from eight countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. The vast majority, 22 teams, are from Russia and the league includes various regulations designed to help the Russian national team prepare for international tournaments.

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German foreign minister says there is a need for 'intensive European discussions' after UK vote to leave the EU http://www.dailyastorian.com/german-foreign-minister-says-there-is-a-need-for-intensive-european-discussions-after-uk-vote-to-leave-the-eu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world80d2d788c7b04da49bb49cbd84cee021 http://www.dailyastorian.com/german-foreign-minister-says-there-is-a-need-for-intensive-european-discussions-after-uk-vote-to-leave-the-eu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world80d2d788c7b04da49bb49cbd84cee021#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:22:40 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259862 BERLIN (AP) German foreign minister says there is a need for 'intensive European discussions' after UK vote to leave the EU.

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Car bomb near Benghazi hospital kills 4 in eastern Libya http://www.dailyastorian.com/car-bomb-near-benghazi-hospital-kills-4-in-eastern-libya-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world03354d85afec453d9ff6355a42599f8f http://www.dailyastorian.com/car-bomb-near-benghazi-hospital-kills-4-in-eastern-libya-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world03354d85afec453d9ff6355a42599f8f#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:21:00 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259864 BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) Security and medical officials say a car bomb has gone off outside a hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing four people and wounding 14.

Senior military official Brig-Gen. Abdul-Salam al-Hassi blames the late Friday attack on Islamic militants.

Al-Hassi and hospital official Mohammed al-Zawy confirmed that four people were killed and 14 wounded in the blast outside Jalal hospital. Al-Zawy says the explosives-laden car was parked near the hospital's outpatient entrance door.

Al-Hassi says the militants "will not stop these terrorist attacks on civilians and we will do our best to secure the city after we defeat them."

Military police cordoned off the hospital area after the blast, which sent a column of black smoke rising over the parking area.

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Casa Grande man gets 57-year prison term for sexual assault http://www.dailyastorian.com/casa-grande-man-gets-57-year-prison-term-for-sexual-assault-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentfef42800cd51465692b58aca6e0f8402 http://www.dailyastorian.com/casa-grande-man-gets-57-year-prison-term-for-sexual-assault-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentfef42800cd51465692b58aca6e0f8402#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:21:47 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259863 FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to 57 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl for four years, starting when she was 13.

Pinal County prosecutors say 34-year-old Juan Gabriel Ramirez had been convicted by a jury on multiple felony counts, including molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor.

The say the victim's mother first reported the crime to Casa Grande police in 2009.

While investigating, detectives discovered that Ramirez was already in prison on unrelated charges.

Authorities say Ramirez was arrested him in 2014 when he went to the girl's home to apologize to her.

They say the victim's mother recorded the exchange on her cellphone, including Ramirez admitting to abusing her daughter.

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Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks http://www.dailyastorian.com/britain-eu-at-odds-over-timing-of-divorce-talks-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world87482bfe96d747bca6bd75bebda58183 http://www.dailyastorian.com/britain-eu-at-odds-over-timing-of-divorce-talks-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world87482bfe96d747bca6bd75bebda58183#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:01:11 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259932 LONDON (AP) Britain and the EU haven't even begun divorce talks but they are already bickering, as political and economic shockwaves from the British vote spread around the world.

Credit rating agency Moody's downgraded the U.K.'s economic outlook from stable to negative, saying Britain faces "a prolonged period of uncertainty ... with negative implications for the country's medium-term growth outlook."

The victorious "leave" campaigners in Thursday's referendum have said there is no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what will become a 27-nation bloc.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation Friday, said his successor, to be chosen by October, should start the process.

But European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Saturday that the British had voted to leave, and "it doesn't make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure."

"I would like to get started immediately," he said.

Juncker said the split was "not an amicable divorce" adding that it was never "a tight love affair anyway."

The referendum has triggered political and financial turmoil around the world. Stock markets plummeted Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 611 points, or 3.4 percent, its biggest fall since August.

The pound dropped to its lowest level since 1985, plunging more than 10 percent from about $1.50 to $1.35 before a slight recovery, on concerns that severing ties with the single market will hurt the U.K. economy and undermine London's position as a global financial center.

Top diplomats from the European Union's six founding nations were meeting in Berlin for hastily arranged talks.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier cautioned against rash decisions, saying that "it's totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis."

The vote to leave the EU also caused an earthquake in British politics. The Conservatives are facing a leadership battle to replace Cameron, and some members of the opposition Labour Party also hope to oust their leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Many Labour lawmakers were strongly pro-"remain" and accuse the socialist Corbyn, a longtime critic of the EU, of failing to rally Labour supporters behind staying in the bloc.

Labour legislator Frank Field said Saturday that Corbyn "clearly isn't the right person to actually lead the party into an election because nobody thinks he will actually win."

"We clearly need somebody who the public think of as an alternative prime minister," Field told BBC radio.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was meeting with her Cabinet in Edinburgh Saturday to discuss the implications of the referendum. A majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, while most voters in England backed leaving.

Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, said Friday that "Scotland has voted to stay in the EU," and a new referendum on independence from the United Kingdom is now "highly likely." Scotland voted in 2014 to remain a part of the U.K., but that decision was seen by many as conditional on the U.K. remaining in the EU.

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Associated Press writer Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin contributed to this report.

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AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-photos-a-selection-of-pictures-from-the-past-week-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7de5ca302f2346208cd9792d17f57d9e http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-photos-a-selection-of-pictures-from-the-past-week-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7de5ca302f2346208cd9792d17f57d9e#Comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:52:41 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016306259866 Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's gallery features images of Churchill's silhouette against Parliament, an indigenous Andean New Year's ritual and a sit-in at Congress.

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This gallery contains photos published June 10-17, 2016.

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The Archive: Top photo highlights from previous weeks: http://apne.ws/13QUFKJ

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This gallery was produced by Patrick Sison in New York.

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