Government and politics

In this Nov. 7, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Army, U.S. soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij, Syria. The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated and warned that the withdrawal of American troops would lead to a resurgence of the extremist group. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoe Garbarino via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 8:21 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The United States' main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump's claim that Islamic State group militants have been defeated and warned that the withdrawal of American troops before accomplishing that goal would lead to a resurgence of the extremist...
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in London, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but it remains unclear whether lawmakers will approve the divorce agreement negotiated with the bloc.(Mark Duffy/UK Parliament via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 6:42 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's upcoming exit from the European Union (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The Swiss government has approved an agreement with Britain for the two countries to safeguard the rights of each other's citizens after the U.K. leaves the European Union. Switzerland isn't an...
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An anti-Brexit demonstrator wears a mask bearing the stars of the European flag outside the houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 20, 2018 - 6:21 am
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are heading off for a holiday break with visions of Brexit dancing in their heads, and a big decision to make. Parliament breaks up Thursday for a 17-day Christmas recess, with no decision on whether to approve the government's divorce deal with the European Union...
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December 20, 2018 - 5:25 am
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has acquitted 43 people, including German and U.S. nationals, of charges they illegally received funding for their local and foreign non-governmental groups. Thursday's verdict ended a seven-year legal battle that rattled civil society groups just months after a 2011...
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People walk across an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Asian stock markets sank Thursday after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates and Wall Street dived to a 15-month low.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
December 20, 2018 - 3:43 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock prices plunged Thursday, following Wall Street down after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC 40 index fell 1.4 percent to 4,709.13 points and Germany's DAX lost 1.3 percent to 10,620,79. London's FTSE 100...
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December 20, 2018 - 3:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has decided not to put on trial a former guard at the Nazis' Majdanek death camp who was charged with being an accessory to murder, saying that he is too sick to face court proceedings. The Frankfurt state court announced its decision Thursday, citing a comprehensive...
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Stock trader Michael Milano works at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 19, 2018 - 10:54 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates and Wall Street dived to a 15-month low. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index fell 1.7 percent to 20,631.45 points and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4 percent to 2,538.79. Hong Kong's Hang...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speak at a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow hikes next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2018 - 9:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaled that it expects to slow its rate hikes next year. Despite the forecast for fewer hikes, investors sent stocks plunging once...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, right, speaks during a media conference in Brussels. The U.N. General Assembly has endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. Guterres welcomed the resolution's adoption, saying the compact provides a platform for international cooperation that points the way "toward humane and sensible action to benefit countries of origin, transit and destination as well as migrants themselves." (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. The Global Compact for Migration, the first international document dealing with the issue, is not...
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This Nov. 16, 2013 photo shows the Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar in Garden Grove, Calif. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 7:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a child in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the...
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