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The Latest: Actress Asia Argento speaks at Rome rally

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Activists return to the streets a year after 1 million people rallied worldwide for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office. More>>

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Baltimore police leader fired after record year in homicides

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Baltimore's mayor has replaced the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership is needed to reduce crime. More>>

Government shutdown begins and so does the finger-pointing

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The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. More>>

AP Explains: Congress shuts down the government. Now what?

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AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?. More>>

Women will march again with aim to become a political force

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Activists return to the streets a year after 1 million people rallied worldwide for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office. More>>

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

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President Donald Trump was supposed to be spending the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Now he's dealing with a potential government shutdown. More>>

Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affected

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Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?. More>>

The Latest: Trump, McConnell talk strategies to end shutdown

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President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown _ tweeting that they wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. More>>

Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama

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President Donald Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama, full of unforgettable characters, surprise casting changes and innumerable plot twists _ all set against a backdrop of a looming nuclear threat and the shadow of the Russia probe. More>>

The Latest: Turkey strikes Kurdish-run air base in Syria

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Syrian state TV says government forces have reached the perimeter of a rebel-held air base deep inside what was once opposition territory in northwest Syria. More>>

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

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Russia-linked Twitter networks are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. More>>

Romanians protest corruption after law passed by Parliament

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Romanians prepare to protest against legislation passed by Parliament which they say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption. More>>

AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

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The rancor driving politics in Washington these days has left Congress hours away from a government shutdown. More>>

VP Pence in Egypt for talks on security, counterterrorism

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Vice President Mike Pence is in Cairo for meetings with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on security and counterterrorism issues. More>>

South Africa's president under pressure at key party meeting

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South Africa's scandal-plagued leader under pressure at key party meeting; some want his exit. More>>

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other Video included

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A bitterly-divided Congress is hurtling toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. More>>

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

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An Interior Department official says the Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action. More>>

Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

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APNewsBreak: Recent testing of prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicates their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment tells The Associated Press. More>>

Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

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Vice President Mike Pence's fifth visit to Israel will mark his return to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. More>>

Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

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Former employees say a tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue. More>>

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

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A top manager who supervises the EPA's program for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites by climate change. More>>

The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a 'present' from Democrats

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President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown _ tweeting that they wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. More>>

US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up

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Bitterly divided Congress fails to stave off government shutdown. More>>

US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is laying out a broad new defense strategy, and he's warning that all aspects of the military's competitive warfighting edge have eroded. More>>

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

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US health officials are pushing ahead with an unprecedented plan to make cigarettes less addictive and provide lower-risk alternative products to US smokers. More>>

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

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Trump administration spells out plans to protect medical providers who refuse to carry out procedures such as abortions on moral or religious grounds. More>>

The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

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President Donald Trump is addressing the anti-abortion March for Life from the White House Rose Garden. More>>

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

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The Pentagon says countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism. More>>

The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in Ireland

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Vice President Mike Pence still plans to travel to the Middle East on Friday night, despite the potential for a shutdown of the federal government. More>>

Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. More>>

Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

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Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders. More>>

The Latest: Schumer says Trump 'backed off' deal

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President Donald Trump says Senate Democrats are focused on "illegal immigration and weak borders" as a government shutdown looms. More>>

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

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The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. More>>

US likely to designate embassy in Jerusalem as early as 2019

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The Trump administration is considering a plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to an existing building in Jerusalem temporarily until a new embassy can be built in the holy city. More>>

Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

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There's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington reaches a budget agreement. More>>

Women will march again with aim to become a political force

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Activists are returning to the streets a year after more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches around the world with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump. More>>

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is 'heart of the church'

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After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis Friday in a visit to the world's largest rainforest that indigenous leaders hope will mark a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem. More>>

Gov't scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown Video included

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NIH's Fauci says government shutdown would be disruptive for research. More>>

The Latest: Traditionalist blog questions mid-flight wedding

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Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in the Peruvian Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, with supporters lining the streets to greet him ahead of the pontiff's planned meeting with indigenous people. More>>

Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

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President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program. More>>

Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

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The government has told a federal judge it will seek a retrial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-weeek corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. More>>

Mueller, Manafort OK with lawsuit being transferred

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A lawsuit challenging special counsel Robert Mueller's authority may soon be transferred to another judge. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutors slam Menendez trial 'racialization'

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Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November, says he expects to be "vindicated again" in a retrial. More>>

Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

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As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse. More>>

Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

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Officials in the District of Columbia are vowing not to let the looming shutdown of the federal government affect the city's normal functions. More>>

Trump, Theresa May to meet on sidelines of Davos summit

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President Donald Trump will hold a formal meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May next week on the sidelines of the Davos summit. More>>

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it

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Shutdown? Terrible, say Republicans and Democrats. But both have threatened it. More>>

Justice Sotomayor 'fine' after treatment for low blood sugar

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The Supreme Court says diabetic Justice Sonia Sotomayor is "doing fine" after the justice was treated for symptoms of low blood sugar. More>>

Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

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Advocates for an award-winning Mexican journalist seeking asylum in the U.S. are accusing immigration officials of unjustly detaining him based on a disputed 1999 incident. More>>

President Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

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Americans still feel strongly about the abortion issue nearly 45 years after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized it. More>>

Governors ask Trump, Congress to do more on opioid crisis

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State governors in the US are asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide more funding and coordination to deal with the opioid crisis. More>>

Author, activist Jewish convert Julius Lester dies at 78

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Julius Lester, an author, musician, civil rights activist and professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died. More>>

Pence to travel to Middle East despite potential shutdown

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Vice President Mike Pence set to travel to Mideast on Friday night despite a looming federal government shutdown. More>>

Trump asks for Supreme Court review of immigration policy

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The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling blocking the administration's decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. More>>

House blocks Democrat from seeking to impeach Trump

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The House has voted to block a Democratic lawmaker from seeking to impeach the president. More>>

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

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President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege in the Trump-Russia probe that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. More>>

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

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Pope Francis is accusing victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander, in an astonishing end to a visit that was meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. More>>

Transcript: Trump dossier focused on "opaque" business deals

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A congressional committee has released a transcript of a private interview with the co-founder of the political opposition research firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations involving President Donald Trump's ties to Russia. More>>

New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

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Trump administration creating an office aimed at protecting the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion. More>>

Czech lawmakers lift immunity for PM Babis over fraud claims

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Lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament have agreed to lift the immunity from prosecution for billionaire Andrej Babis over an alleged fraud involving EU subsidies. More>>

Seller of pistol used in Munich rampage sentenced to 7 years

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A man who sold the pistol used by a teenager in a deadly 2016 shooting rampage in Munich has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses and sentenced to seven years in prison. More>>

The work that won't get done during a government shutdown

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There's plenty that won't get done if thousands of federal employees are barred from working during a shutdown until dysfunctional Washington agrees on a plan to restore funding. More>>

For rival camps in abortion debate, a weekend to mobilize

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Activists on both sides of the abortion debate will be rallying and marching over the next few days in their annual show of force. More>>

Supreme Court delays order for North Carolina to redraw maps

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The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines. More>>

Year-old 'resistance' now sets sights on the ballot box

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One year after the self-styled 'resistance' first made its mark with the women's marches that drew millions into the streets, the next step is the ballot box, organizers say. More>>

Convicted ex-coal CEO woos working class, opening Senate bid

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship kicks off pro-Trump Senate bid in West Virginia with town hall-styled event. More>>

Government drops prosecution of 129 inauguration defendants

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The U.S. government is abandoning its prosecution of more than 120 defendants charged with crimes over their involvement in violent protests on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration one year ago. More>>

China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms

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China is criticizing recent moves by the U.S. government and Congress over the sale of fake goods and government procurement of Chinese telecoms equipment. More>>

House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim Video included

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The White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump's views on immigration are evolving. More>>

Trump wades into PA race seen as test of GOP strength

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President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to Pennsylvania. More>>

Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA reforms, dies

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Stansfield A. Turner, who served as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter and oversaw reforms at the agency after the Senate uncovered CIA surveillance aimed at American citizens, has died. More>>

EPA official speaks on risk of climate change to toxic sites

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A top manager who supervises the EPA's program for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites by climate change. More>>

The work that won't get done during a government shutdown

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During a government shutdown, there's plenty of work that won't get done should hundreds of thousands of federal employees be barred from working. More>>

'Very strong' Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

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Disgruntled conservatives are threatening to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown. More>>

The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK

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President Donald Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. More>>

Amid affair scandal, Greitens quietly unveils vague tax plan

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Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens issued a vague outline of a tax plan he'd hyped as bold days earlier, a muted rollout Democrats say proves the administration has been disrupted by his acknowledgment of an affair and allegations of blackmail. More>>

Sen Cardin places a hold on a nomination over TPS

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Sen Ben Cardin says he will place a hold on a diplomatic nomination until State Department provides him with documents related to the decision to terminate temporary protection for immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti. More>>

Clash with Trump casts spotlight on Kelly

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President Donald Trump pushed back against his own chief of staff's comments that his views on a proposed border wall had "evolved," casting a spotlight on the limits of John Kelly's ability to manage the White House tumult and navigate Capitol Hill. More>>

Senate Dems question legality of Trump work requirements

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Democratic senators are questioning the legality of the Trump administration's new policy letting states make low-income adults work to get Medicaid coverage. More>>

Ex-Trump aide was subject of arrest warrant at White House

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Hungarian police had an arrest warrant open for Sebastian Gorka during the eight months he spent as a national security aide to U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

The Latest: Panel postpones interview with Trump aide Hicks

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The House Intelligence Committee's private interview with President Donald Trump's longtime spokeswoman Hope Hicks has been delayed. More>>

Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

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Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell crops to cooperatives instead of other companies. More>>

House releases bill to overhaul harassment reporting process

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House lawmakers have unveiled a bipartisan bill to overhaul how sexual harassment claims are handled on Capitol Hill. More>>

The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit

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Pope Francis has performed the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants on a flight in Chile. More>>

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

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A prestigious scientific panel is recommending states significantly lower their drunken driving threshold, saying 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths a year are unacceptable and 'entirely preventable'. More>>

Illinois governor to air ad of rival, Blagojevich on wiretap

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Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker and now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps. More>>

UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and is urging expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle the security challenge posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions. More>>

Feds say man accused in Bosnian killings lied to be refugee

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Federal authorities say a man suspected of killing three people while fighting in Bosnia's war lied to get into the U.S. as a refugee and has been quietly operating a trucking company in Iowa. More>>

The Latest: Trump thanks Apple CEO for plans to invest

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President Donald Trump is offering enthusiastic support for a Republican congressional candidate in Pennsylvania. More>>

Senate passes bill to renew foreign surveillance program

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The Senate is passing a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program for six years. More>>

Black lawmakers, other Democrats seek censure of Trump

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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are introducing a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for using an expletive to describe African countries. More>>

The Latest: Kazakhstan to NKorea: Abandon nuclear ambitions

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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the regimes that most threaten the world today with weapons of mass destruction also deny their people human rights, promote conflict and regional instability and "aid terrorists and militant groups.". More>>

Tweak in foreign surveillance bill may not change much

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As the Senate nears renewal of a key U.S. spy program, law enforcement veterans and privacy advocates say the bill's call for the FBI to get a warrant in some cases when it digs into Americans' communications will amount to little more than a nuisance. More>>

What about the memory test Trump aced? It's not for everyone

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Cognitive tests give doctors a snapshot of someone's memory and certain other neurologic functions. More>>

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no Video included

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Congressional Democrats aren't backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants. More>>

Democrat's upset in Wisconsin race sparks hope elsewhere

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A surprising Democratic upset in a conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump just 14 months ago has raised liberal hopes of more election success coming this fall. More>>

Tillerson cagey on presiding at London embassy opening

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cagey about whether he'll preside over the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in London next week. More>>

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

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President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege in the Trump-Russia probe that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. More>>

South Africa's Ramaphosa denounces graft before Davos forum

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South Africa's deputy president urges state prosecutors to target suspects in corruption scandals, some of which have been linked to a business family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma. More>>

DOE staffer claims retaliation over photos of secret meeting

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A former photographer at the Energy Department says he lost his job in retaliation for making public photos of a meeting between Secretary Rick Perry and coal baron Bob Murray. More>>

WH claiming sweeping 'executive privilege' in Russia probes

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee. More>>

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no Video included

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Liberal activists are shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown and demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation. More>>

White House official: Trump immigration views have evolved Video included

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President Donald Trump's chief of staff says Trump has evolved on many issues since the campaign. More>>

Amid spat with Turkey, Tillerson denies Syria border force

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. More>>

Tillerson blames North Korea for its sanctions suffering

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is confident North Korea eventually will want negotiations with the United States. More>>

Interior official blasts resignation of parks advisory board

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A U.S. Interior Department official has reacted harshly to the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks. More>>

France abandons plans to build new airport in the west

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Police are deploying extra forces to western France as the government prepares to decide whether to build an airport that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests. More>>

The Latest: WH 'executive privilege' claims rankle some

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President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and senior White House aide, Rick Dearborn, are being interviewed Wednesday behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump campaign contacts with Russia. More>>

Bob Dole gets Congressional Gold Medal Video included

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole to receive Congress' highest civilian honor. More>>

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

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Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison after vow to free detained politicians. More>>

Oklahoma politicians stunned by discovery of possible spying

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Oklahoma officials are investigating after several Republican lawmakers reported they were being followed, including one legislator who found a tracking device on his vehicle. More>>

Mueller team would hardly be first lawyers to question Trump

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An AP review of statements made under oath by Trump gives clues about how he might handle questions from Mueller's team of investigators. More>>

Michigan Senate spent $269K on sex harassment complaints

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The Michigan Senate spent $269,000 to investigate and settle sexual harassment complaints against one or more senators more than a decade ago. More>>

Spy agencies' ombudsman: 'I blew the whistle'

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The man who protects the rights of whistleblowers at U.S. spy agencies is disclosing why he was suspended and escorted out of his offices in late November. More>>

Navy ship collisions prompt rare criminal charges

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The Navy's decision to charge five officers with negligent homicide for their involvement in two fatal ship crashes marks a rare legal move that, if proven, could send them to jail for up to three years. More>>

Senate panel advances Trump health secretary pick

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Finance Committee advances Azar nomination at HHS to full Senate for final confirmation. More>>

APNewsBreak: Minnesota GOP leader seeks cut of big donations

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The chairwoman of Minnesota's Republican Party is seeking a commission from large donations to supplement her salary in what campaign finance experts called an unusual arrangement. More>>

The Latest: Schumer says many Dems oppose spending bill

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is pressuring Democrats to back a bill preventing a weekend government shutdown and says "cool heads hopefully will prevail.". More>>

Arizona's GOP senators denounce Trump attacks on news media Video included

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A Republican senator is denouncing President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" to describe the news media and stories he doesn't like. More>>

GOP still struggling with Trump's remarks on Africa Video included

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Republicans are still struggling to get their stories straight nearly a week after a meeting in which President Donald Trump is said to have made vulgar remarks that have been criticized as racist. More>>

Justices lean toward death row inmate in dispute with lawyer

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The Supreme Court seems ready to say that a lawyer for a criminal defendant cannot override his client's wish and concede his guilt at trial, even if the lawyer's aim is to avoid a death sentence. More>>

Lawmakers: Gov. Greitens' affair distracts from tax effort

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Missouri lawmakers say Gov. Eric Greitens' admission that he had an extramarital affair is distracting from legislative efforts to change state tax laws. More>>

Kucinich frames Ohio governor bid around 'We the People'

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Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is preparing to make the Democratic primary for Ohio governor a five-way race. More>>

Ex-CIA officer arrested, charged with keeping documents

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Former CIA officer arrested and charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets. More>>

Romanian president backs having 1st female prime minister

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President Klaus Iohannis begins talks with political parties to decide on a candidate for prime minister, after the ruling Social Democrats withdrew political support for its prime minister, less than seven months after he took office. More>>

Aced it: Doc says Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

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White House doctor says President Donald Trump did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening he requested. More>>

Abbas says Trump's policy shift on Jerusalem was 'sinful'

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Palestinian leader blasts Trump again over Jerusalem, saying Jerusalem decision was 'sinful'. More>>

Navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders

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The Navy says it is filing negligent homicide charges against the commanders of two ships involved in fatal collisions last year. More>>

Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

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A new report by the group Freedom House says basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts. More>>

The Latest: French airport activists refuse order to leave

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France's prime minister says that the government has decided against building an airport in western France that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests and he told protesters occupying the site that they must leave. More>>

Myanmar army enjoys popularity surge amid Rohingya crackdown

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Myanmar's military, once despised for its stranglehold on the country, has seen its popularity surge alongside a rise in nationalism that has accompanied a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. More>>

Medicaid work mandate will create uncertainty in some states

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Several mostly Republican-leaning states are lining up to implement work or job-training requirements for certain Medicaid recipients now that the Trump administration has allowed it. More>>

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

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Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas. More>>

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

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A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remains distant. More>>

The Latest: Catalan parliament chooses secessionist speaker

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Three jailed Catalan politicians are seeking permission from Catalonia's new regional parliament to allow them to vote through delegated colleagues so as to maintain a pro-independence bloc's slim majority in the chamber. More>>

German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017

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German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts" _ popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway _ the non-word of 2017. More>>

Young Hong Kong activist Wong gets second prison term

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A Hong Kong court has sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong to three months in jail in a contempt case stemming from 2014 protests. More>>

Netanyahu says US Embassy to move to Jerusalem this year

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Israeli PM says US Embassy to move to Jerusalem this year, much sooner than Trump administration estimated. More>>

Legislation on foreign surveillance clears Senate hurdle

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Legislation extending a government program established to gather information from foreigners overseas has cleared a key Senate hurdle. More>>

Tillerson warns military action on NK unless diplomacy works

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America's side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. More>>

Missouri governor says affair won't deter him from work

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An attorney who works in the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens reached out to a suburban St. Louis attorney on a fact-finding mission hours before news of the governor's extramarital affair broke. More>>

House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown Video included

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The House Intelligence Committee is poised to question Steve Bannon, the onetime confidant to President Donald Trump, following his spectacular fall from power. More>>

Aced it: Doc says Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

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The White House is expected to provide a fuller readout of President Donald Trump's health following his first medical check-up in office last Friday. More>>

Dems accuse GOP official of 'amnesia' on Trump vulgarity Video included

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Trump goes after the Democrat who brought coarse remarks about Africa, Haiti to surface. More>>

Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile Video included

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Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront Chile's sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, where the majority identifies as Roman Catholic but strong currents of skepticism and even contempt for the church are increasing. More>>

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump _ but his company won't go

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An attempt to oust President Donald Trump's hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct. More>>

Wall Street executive replaces Christie, targets Trump

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New Jersey's next governor tweeted out morning wishes to the state. More>>

The Latest: Doctor says Trump aced cognitive test

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President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening. More>>

The Latest: GOP lacking votes to keep government open

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House GOP leaders are looking to delay implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care taxes as sweeteners for a stopgap spending bill that's needed to avert a government shutdown this weekend. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson says US seeks diplomacy with NKorea

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America's side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. More>>

US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

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A U.S. official says the Trump administration is cutting tens of millions of dollars in funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, slashing this year's first contribution by more than half. More>>

The Latest: Homeland secretary unclear on Trump vulgarity Video included

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Donald Trump is "not going to apologize for trying to fix our immigration system," as the fall-out continues from Trump's reported use of a vulgarity to describe some African countries. More>>

New US Embassy criticized by Trump opens in London

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The new U.S. Embassy denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and in a poor location is set to open to the public. More>>

Richardson seeks to resolve Myanmar crisis, free journalists

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Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he hopes two Reuters journalists will be freed in conjunction with next week's visit by an international advisory panel seeking to resolve the crisis in Myanmar. More>>

Justice Dept backs archdiocese in Christmas transit ad fight

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The Justice Department is supporting the Archdiocese of Washington in a court fight against D.C.'s subway system, which rejected an ad for the organization's Christmas fundraising effort. More>>

Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

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Watchdog group finds foreign governments, political campaign among big spenders at Trump properties in 2017. More>>

Weekend derailment is latest black eye for DC subway system

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A derailment over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is only the latest problem for the dysfunctional D.C. subway system that Washingtonians love to hate. More>>

Chelsea Manning's US Senate bid could upend Maryland race

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Chelsea Manning's intention to run for U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. More>>

Pawlenty says no to Senate bid for Franken's seat

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he won't run this year for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Al Franken. More>>

US agency to work with states to ensure proper safety alerts

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the agency will be working with states to ensure they follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts, like Hawaii's warning of a ballistic missile. More>>

Supreme Court won't take case of ex-NY assembly speaker

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. More>>

Trump, Kazakh president discuss North Korea nuclear threat Video included

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President Donald Trump has welcomed Kazakhstan's president to the White House. More>>

Trump talks North Korea, trade with Chinese President Xi

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The White House says President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are hopeful that talks between North Korea and South Korea "might prompt a change in North Korea's destructive behavior.". More>>

Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke

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Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they've felt let down by the man they helped elect. More>>

Supreme Court rejects appeal from suspended Florida judge

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The Supreme Court is leaving in place the suspension of a Florida judge for using a 20-year-old newspaper endorsement on a flier during her campaign in 2014. More>>

MLK III calls out Trump on alleged immigration comments

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest son is calling out Trump for comments on immigrants. More>>

Pregnant teen who sued over abortion leaves federal custody

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A pregnant immigrant teenager who told a judge that she was being prevented from having an abortion while in federal custody has been released, giving her the ability to obtain the procedure. More>>

The Latest: 3 churches firebombed in Chile during pope visit

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Pope Francis is begging the forgiveness of Chileans for the "irreparable damage" done to children who have been sexually abused by priests. More>>

Senators who didn't recall Trump using vulgarity backtrack Video included

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Two Republican senators who had said they did not recall President Donald Trump using a vulgarity to describe African countries are backtracking. More>>

Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms

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Three young Hong Kong activists, including Joshua Wong, are making a last-ditch attempt to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. More>>

Unsolved civil rights-era murder divides scholars, residents

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The unsolved murder of a Hispanic New Mexico jailer has divided residents, scholars and civil rights advocates for decades. More>>

Trump goes after the Dem who surfaced his immigration remark

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Criticized for recent comments about Haiti and African nations, Trump says he's not a racist. More>>

Christie leaving governor's office as Democrat takes over

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New Jersey is saying farewell to GOP Gov. Chris Christie and hello to incoming Democrat, Phil Murphy, a wealthy former Obama administration diplomat and businessman. More>>

US wants to cut money for Palestinian refugees

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U.S. officials say the Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees and to make additional donations contingent on changes to the organization. More>>

In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

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Pope Francis' visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up. More>>

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