Government and politics

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province countryside, Syria. The campaign for Idlib, the opposition’s only remaining stronghold in the country and now a refuge for over one million displaced Syrians, is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. (AP Photo/File)
August 30, 2018 - 8:12 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 3 p.m. The U.N. envoy for Syria is proposing that civilians evacuate the rebel-held region of Idlib into government-held areas, warning that nearly 3 million people in the region could face a "perfect storm" and a "chilling"...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2018, file photo, vehicles are parked outside the Grand Mosque in Weizhou in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Authorities said Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that reckless actions by officials in China's Ningxia region were to blame for a rare public protest by the country's Hui Muslim minority over government plans to raze a mosque. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)
August 30, 2018 - 8:01 am
BEIJING (AP) — A rare public protest by thousands of Hui Muslims this month was caused by local officials' recklessness, Chinese authorities said Thursday, without settling concerns a large mosque in the northwestern region would be razed. The governor of the region of Ningxia and a regional...
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Bosco Ntaganda, a Congo militia leader, sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the closing statements of his trial in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday Aug. 28, 2018. Ntaganda is facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the eastern Ituri region of Congo from 2002-2003. (Bas Czerwinski/Pool via AP)
August 30, 2018 - 7:44 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A rebel militia leader known as "The Terminator" denied involvement in atrocities in Congo as his three-year trial at the International Criminal Court ended Thursday and judges began considering their verdicts. "I am a revolutionary but I am not a criminal," Bosco...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Indians stand in queues at a bank to exchange or deposit discontinued currency notes, in New Delhi, India. Nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegal hoards of cash came back into the financial system, India's reserve bank has announced, indicating the move did little to slow the underground economy. Even as the decree caused turmoil for those in India who have always depended on cash, the poor and middle class, and millions of small traders, the rich found ways around the currency switch. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
August 30, 2018 - 7:25 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegal hoards of cash came back into the financial system, India's reserve bank has announced, indicating the move did little to slow the underground economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's...
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August 30, 2018 - 5:57 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government says it will make economic changes at its own pace regardless of U.S. pressure and that their spiraling dispute over technology can only be settled through talks as equals. A Commerce Ministry spokesman gave no indication Thursday of possible plans for more...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, a week-old baby lies in a neonatal intensive care unit bay at the Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. This particular NICU is dedicated to newborns of opioid addicted mothers, that are suffering with newborn abstinence syndrome. The area is kept dark and quiet due to increased production of neurotransmitters in newborns of addicted mothers, which can disrupt the nervous system and overstimulate bodily functions. A study in Tennessee released on Thursday, Aug 30, 2018, found learning disabilities and other special education needs are more common in young children who were born with symptoms from their mothers' prenatal opioid use. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
August 30, 2018 - 5:40 am
CHICAGO (AP) — New research says learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's prenatal drug. It's the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term learning difficulties in these children. It involved...
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August 30, 2018 - 5:35 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish government study says there's been a recent surge in the number of automated Twitter accounts ahead of the Sept. 9 election, noting that 40 percent of them are more likely to support the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, expected to make gains. The study...
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FILE - In this Sunday Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, a truck waits outside a closed petrol station of the Nile Petroleum Corporation in Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region in September 2018 to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)
August 30, 2018 - 5:35 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. South Sudan, with Africa's third-largest oil reserves, will renew drilling...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Chelsea Manning addresses participants at an anti-fracking rally in Baltimore. Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 30, 2018 - 2:44 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her event organizer said on Thursday. Think Inc. said it had received on Wednesday a notice of intention from the government to deny...
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Former Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver, center, looks to his defense attorney Miles Brissette, right, before being taken away after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at the Frank Crowley Courts Building, in Dallas. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
August 30, 2018 - 2:12 am
Every case is unique, as is every jury. But experts say several factors seemed to stack up against former Texas police officer Roy Oliver this week when, in an extremely rare outcome, he was convicted of murder for a shooting that occurred while he was on duty. Criminal justice experts tell The...
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