Government and politics

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, a laboratory manager demonstrates how she uses an instrument to photograph cannabis samples at an analytical laboratory in Oakland, Calif. California marijuana producers are seeing a higher percentage of buds, oils and other products clear strict safety tests. Testing started in July and the first two months saw about a 20 percent failure rate. Now it's down to 14 percent. State and industry officials say that shows businesses are adjusting to the regulated market. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 16, 2018 - 12:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of...
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December 16, 2018 - 11:46 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people Sunday, activists said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops. The spike in attacks follows Turkish threats to expand its offensive...
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December 16, 2018 - 11:10 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks. The Sunday report quotes an unnamed official as saying Vahid Sayyadi Nasiri died in a hospital a week after he was transferred there...
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North Koreans lay flowers at the base of the bronze statues of their late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Many North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to the statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
December 16, 2018 - 8:41 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, visitors look at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
December 16, 2018 - 8:30 am
BEIJING (AP) — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-...
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December 16, 2018 - 7:32 am
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official. Army spokesman Innocent Munyengango said in a statement that the army is...
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December 16, 2018 - 3:33 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, a steady flow of North Koreans offering flowers and paying respects to the late leader...
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Kashmiri villagers watch the funeral of Zahoor Ahmed, soldier turned rebel, in Pulwama, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. At least seven civilians were killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead on Saturday, police and residents said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
December 16, 2018 - 3:29 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, a day after chaotic protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants in the disputed region. Armed police and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2016 file photo, a tanker truck waits at the storage and dispatch terminal of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico's state-owned oil company, in the port of Veracruz, Mexico. Mexico plans to boost crude production at state oil company Pemex by 45% over the next six years as the country invests more heavily to stem declines in output and revenue. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. the goal is for Pemex to produce 2.40 million barrels a day of crude, up from 1.65 million currently (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
December 15, 2018 - 7:40 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador detailed plans Saturday to "rescue" the national oil industry by boosting crude production at the state-owned oil company by 45 percent before 2025. Speaking from Ciudad del Carmen, a Gulf coast city 50 miles (85 kilometers) from an...
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Claudia Maquin, 27, walks with her three children, Abdel Johnatan Domingo Caal Maquin, 9, left, Angela Surely Mariela Caal Maquin, 6 months, middle, and Elvis Radamel Aquiles Caal Maquin, 5, right, as they leave Domingo Caal Chub's house, Claudia's father in law, in Raxruha, Guatemala, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Claudia Maquin's daughter, 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal, died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
December 15, 2018 - 6:40 pm
SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding...
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