British brace for economic repercussions of EU exit decision 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.
Diplomats from EU's founding 6 meet in Berlin to talk Brexit BERLIN (AP) - Top diplomats from the European Union's six founding nations met in Berlin on Saturday for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote to leave the bloc. As German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was heading into the meeting, he told reporters it was critical to see the vote as a wakeup call. "The shock of the vote is still sitting deep, but these are also days where not all the answers are ready," he said. Steinmeier was meeting with his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg at the government's Villa Borsig mansion on the outskirts of Berlin.
Britain, EU plunged into uncertainty by exit vote LONDON (AP) - Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute. The U.K.'s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the nation and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom. Britons absorbed the overwhelming realization that their anti-establishment vote has pushed the British economy into treacherous and uncertain territory and sparked a profound crisis for a bloc founded to unify Europe after the devastation of World War II. "Leave" campaigners hailed the result as a victory for British democracy against the bureaucratic behemoth of the EU.
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Obama loses reliable partner, faces uncertainty after Brexit WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first 7½ years of his presidency, Barack Obama could rely on the United Kingdom to back him up at nearly every turn, knowing British leaders had both the global clout and shared perspective to be powerful U.S. partners. He enters his final months in office with that sense of certainty shattered by the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, one of his closest collaborators on the world stage. In his public reaction to the vote, Obama offered assurances that the two countries would remain "indispensable partners" and that the special relationship forged by their common history would survive intact.
In need of help, Trump finds few willing to work for him WASHINGTON (AP) - To compete against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has finally conceded, he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. Yet he's finding that many of the GOP's most experienced political aides just aren't willing to work for him. From Texas to New Hampshire, well-respected members of the Republican Party's professional class say they can't look past their deep personal and professional reservations about the presumptive presidential nominee. There are exceptions, but many operatives who best understand the mechanics of presidential politics fear that taking a Trump paycheck might stain their resumes, spook other clients and even cause problems at home.
China cuts contact with Taiwan liaison body over Tsai BEIJING (AP) - Beijing said Saturday it had cut off contact with the main Taiwan liaison body because of President Tsai Ing-wen's refusal to endorse the concept of a single Chinese nation, ratcheting up pressure on the new Taiwanese leader. In a statement posted on the website of the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office, spokesman An Fengshan said contacts between bodies responsible for ties had been suspended starting from Tsai's May 20 inauguration. "Because the Taiwan side has been unable to confirm the '92 consensus that embodies the common political foundation of the one-China principle, the mechanism for contact and communication between the two sides has already been suspended," the statement quoted An as saying.
Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide' YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Pope Francis heads to Armenia's genocide memorial for a prayer service, fresh from his ad-libbed declaration that the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide." Francis is due to lay a floral wreath at the memorial Saturday and greet descendants of the Armenian orphans who were taken in by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s and housed at his summer residence south of Rome. Francis drew a standing ovation upon his arrival Friday in Armenia when he denounced what he called the ideologically twisted, planned "genocide" of Armenians starting in 1915. His prepared speech had avoided using the politically-charged term, which Turkey rejects.
Crews rescue the stranded in West Virginia flooding; 23 dead CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - All Karol Dunford has left is a dirty nightgown, caked in mud from the floodwaters that ravaged her West Virginia town and killed at least 23. She lost the trailer where she lived for 30 years. She lost her wheelchair, her medicine and her best friend, a little Chihuahua named Frankie. As the deluge swamped southeast West Virginia on Thursday evening, Dunford, 71, sat immobile in her wheelchair in her living room as the pitch-black floodwater rose past her ankles, to her knees, up to the armrests. She talked to her daughter, Randee Suzer, on the phone.
Elderly couple dead, 80 homes burn in California wildfire LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - A vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said. The two were outside their house when they were overcome with smoke, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a Friday evening news conference on the fire that has burned nearly 47 square miles and forced the evacuation of 1,500 homes near Lake Isabella, a popular recreation area east of Bakersfield. The names of the two dead, whose bodies were found Friday, have not been released. The sheriff said his department hasn't been able to search very extensively and would be looking through burned homes with cadaver dogs seeking more possible victims.
Kanye West unveils "Famous" video of him, celebrities LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kanye West has unveiled a video on a subject he knows something about: fame. The video for a single titled "Famous" - unveiled Friday night at a promotional event in the Los Angeles Forum - features what appears to be a naked West with images of 11 other famous people, some of whom he has had good and bad relationships with, Vanity Fair magazine reported (http://bit.ly/28VOm64 .) The celebrities, who appear to be naked in a huge bed with West, are his wife, Kim Kardashian West; former President George W. Bush; presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump; Vogue editor Anna Wintour; singers Rihanna, Chris Brown and Taylor Swift; producer Ray J.; former girlfriend Amber Rose; transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner; and comedian Bill Cosby.