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The Latest: Pena Nieto says Mexicans hurt by Trump comments
Mexican President Enrique Pe�a Nieto says the Mexican people have been hurt by Donald Trump's past comments that painted them in a negative light. Pe�a Nieto told reporters following a closed-door meeting that "misinterpretation or assertions" had negatively impacted perceptions of Trump's candidacy. He added that, the "Mexican people have been hurt by the comments that had been made." But he said he's sure that Trump is genuinely interested in building a relationship that will benefit both countries. Pe�a Nieto spoke in Spanish throughout.


Trump says he and Mexican leader discussed wall, not payment
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Standing alongside the president of Mexico, a measured Donald Trump on Wednesday firmly defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank but declined to repeat his frequent promise to force Mexico to pay for it. Trump, the U.S. presidential candidate who is widely despised across Mexico, also sidestepped his repeated criticism of Mexican immigrants following a closed-door meeting at the official residence of the country's president, Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump and Pena Nieto, who has compared the New York billionaire to Adolf Hitler, addressed reporters from adjacent podiums flanked by a Mexican flag.


Clinton pitches her foreign policy to American Legion
CINCINNATI (AP) - Portraying a vote for her as a patriotic act, Hillary Clinton made a vigorous appeal to Republican voters Wednesday, arguing that she would best uphold American values, care for the military and protect national security interests. At the American Legion's annual convention in Cincinnati, the Democratic presidential nominee called the United States an "exceptional nation," and accused Republican rival Donald Trump of thinking that approach is "insulting to the rest of the world." "When we say America is exceptional, it doesn't mean that people from other places don't feel deep national pride just like we do," Clinton said.


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Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America's largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending. While Rousseff's ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter in a colossal political struggle that is far from over. Rousseff was Brazil's first female president, with a storied career that includes a stint as a Marxist guerrilla jailed and tortured in the 1970s during the country's dictatorship. She was accused of breaking fiscal laws in her management of the federal budget.


Slain IS figure was powerful leader with multiple roles
BEIRUT (AP) - With the killing of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the Islamic State group lost one of its most powerful figures, a militant with multiple roles: A propaganda chief, overseer of spectacular attacks in Europe and a trusted lieutenant of the group's top leader. Al-Adnani was the mastermind of the extremist group's strategy of lashing out abroad with attacks that overshadowed its battlefield losses in Syria and Iraq. He formed militant cells in Europe to carry out organized attacks and inspired "lone wolves" who struck out on their own. Coming on the heels of the death of the group's war minister, al-Adnani's loss is likely to prompt a shake-up in the IS leadership and may force its shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to address the loss of its most charismatic figure.


Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba
SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) - The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War. Cheers broke out in the cabin of JetBlue flight 387 as the plane touched down. Passengers - mostly airline executives, U.S. government officials and journalists, with a sprinkling of Cuban-American families and U.S. travelers - were given gift bags with Cuban cookbooks, commemorative luggage tags and Cuban flags, which they were encouraged to wave. The arrival opens a new era of U.S.-Cuba travel with about 300 flights a week connecting the U.S.


GenForward Poll: Young black adults less trusting of police
WASHINGTON (AP) - Young Americans are about equally likely to say they've had an encounter with police, but young black adults are much more likely than whites to say they've been arrested, harassed or know someone who has been, a new GenForward poll said Wednesday. Twenty-eight percent of blacks say they have been arrested after encounters with law enforcement, 24 percent say they've been personally harassed by police, and 53 percent say they know someone who has. The numbers are much lower for whites and Asian-Americans, while Hispanics fall in between. Breaking it down, 22 percent of Hispanics, 15 percent of whites and 10 percent of Asians-Americans say they have been arrested after encounters with police.


Uneasy truce holds between Syrian Kurds, Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) - An uneasy truce between Turkish troops and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria held on Wednesday, despite Ankara's vow that it would never negotiate with what it calls a "terror organization." The U.S. has called on both sides to stop fighting each other and focus on defeating the Islamic State group, hoping to halt days of clashes between a NATO ally and a Kurdish force that has proven to be highly effective against IS. But a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would continue to attack U.S.-backed Kurdish militias inside Syria. The spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said a cease-fire was "out of the question." Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and is viewed as a terrorist group by Turkey and the U.S.


Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip to the region. In Nevada on Wednesday, Obama plans to visit Lake Tahoe and speak at a summit dedicated to the iconic lake's preservation. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who also is in his final year in office, has hosted the summit for 20 years and asked Obama to attend. The president planned to hail federal and local collaboration on environmental protection while announcing modest new steps on clean energy and climate resilience.


The Latest: GOP boss says LePage has flaws but is passionate
The chairman of the Maine Republican Party says he doesn't deny that GOP Gov. Paul LePage has flaws, but he also believes the governor is a passionate fighter for the state's people. GOP Chairman Rick Bennett said Wednesday that residents are "understandably outraged" by comments recently made by LePage. Last week, the governor left an obscene message on the voicemail of a Democratic legislator and accused minorities of driving Maine's heroin crisis. Bennett says Maine residents have also "benefited greatly" from LePage's time as governor. LePage was elected in 2010. Bennett says LePage has demonstrated his commitment to the state by focusing on issues such as economic growth.



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