Government and politics

December 18, 2018 - 4:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants was a constitutional violation. The party, known as AfD, argued that Merkel's decision not...
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December 18, 2018 - 4:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media. Reports released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday suggested that Moscow's efforts to help Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign through social media...
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December 18, 2018 - 3:30 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court is holding a preliminary hearing ahead of a trial of 18 former Catalan officials and activists accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for their parts in last year's attempt to secede from Spain. A panel of seven magistrates is hearing from...
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December 18, 2018 - 3:28 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses. Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah's Witnesses face charges in Russia,...
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Activists for migrant rights surround a group of Honduran asylum seekers camped on U.S. soil at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry, seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
December 18, 2018 - 3:14 am
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Several asylum seekers, joined by two members of the U.S. Congress, waited on a small patch of U.S. soil for hours demanding that their claims be processed immediately, challenging a U.S. policy to make people wait in Mexico if there are capacity constraints. The 21 Honduran...
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Maggie Hill, 67, watches Charity play in Madison, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Hill adopted the 10-year-old girl about five years ago. Hill's son had been raising her but lost custody during his ongoing struggle with drug addiction, Hill said. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)
December 18, 2018 - 3:08 am
MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. "It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first," said Dr...
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December 18, 2018 - 2:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say police are searching a Berlin mosque as part of an investigation into its imam on suspicion he raised money to support an Islamic fighter in Syria. Berlin prosecutors said Tuesday that 45-year-old Ahmad A., whose last name wasn't given in line with privacy laws...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during a conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's Reform and Opening Up policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
December 18, 2018 - 1:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — China will never seek hegemony, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday as global concerns persist over the country's growing economic influence. During a speech to mark 40 years of market reforms, Xi repeated China's commitment to a multilateral trading system and further opening of its...
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December 17, 2018 - 11:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With only the United States and Hungary voting no, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact Monday that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also...
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A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Asian stocks fell on Tuesday, tracking losses on Wall Street as traders braced for an interest rate hike by Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 17, 2018 - 10:46 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks fell on Tuesday, tracking losses on Wall Street as traders braced for an interest rate hike by Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index was 1.2 percent lower at 21,242.66 and the Kospi in South Korea dropped less than 0.1 percent to 2,070.54. Hong Kong'...
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