Government and politics

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2008, file photo, singer Marcello Giordani attends a reception in New York. Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world's top opera houses, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was 56. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
October 05, 2019 - 8:14 pm
Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world's top opera houses, died Saturday. He was 56. Giordani had a heart attack following lunch at his home in Monte Tauro, a suburb of Augusta in Sicily, and could not be revived, his vocal coach, Bill...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019, file photo, jockey Tyler Gaffalione, right, reacts aboard War of Will, as they crosses the finish line first to win the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The owners of the historic racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes and Baltimore officials have reached an agreement to keep the Triple Crown series' middle jewel in the city. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
October 05, 2019 - 6:37 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials and the owners of the historic racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes have reached an agreement to keep the Triple Crown series' middle jewel in the city. The agreement, which is subject to approval of the General Assembly during its next session, ends a...
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Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators in central Baghdad, killing some protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence "before it's too late." (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
October 05, 2019 - 3:49 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Unknown gunmen have attacked the offices of television stations in the Iraqi capital amid the unrest gripping the country. The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel says masked gunmen who arrived in black cars...
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Iraqi security forces arrive near the site of the protests in Tahrir square, central Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Curfew has been lifted Saturday in the Iraqi capital, days after authorities imposed it in an attempt to quell anti-government demonstrations that have turned deadly. Officials say at least 64 were killed in the four-day protests that have rocked the capital and southern cities. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 05, 2019 - 3:38 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters pressed on with angry anti-government rallies in the capital and across several provinces for a fifth day Saturday, setting government offices on fire and ignoring appeals for calm from political and religious leaders. Security agencies fatally shot 19 protesters and...
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October 05, 2019 - 2:38 pm
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine is unhappy with Kent State's investigation of a decision to cut short a tied women's field hockey game to make way for fireworks for a football game. Kent State said Friday that an investigation by its Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and...
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Paris prosecutor Jean-François Ricard gives a press conference at the Paris courthouse, France, Saturday Oct. 5, 2019. French prosecutors opened an investigation Friday that treats the fatal knife attack that a civilian employee carried out at Paris police headquarters as a potential act of terrorism. The longtime police employee stabbed four colleagues to death Thursday before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
October 05, 2019 - 1:10 pm
PARIS (AP) — The perpetrator of a deadly knife attack at a Paris police headquarters was likely in contact with members of an ultra-conservative Islamic movement, the Paris prosecutor said Saturday. In a press conference, Jean-Francois Ricard said the civilian employee, who killed four of his...
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Extinction Rebellion climate activists protest at the shopping center "Italie 2", in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
October 05, 2019 - 9:34 am
PARIS (AP) — Climate activists in Paris have entered and blocked a Paris shopping mall. Hundreds of protesters from Extinction Rebellion mingled with some members of the Yellow Vest movement and entered the "Italie Deux" center in the south of the French capital Saturday morning. Shops closed as...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. The Taliban met Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday, Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
October 05, 2019 - 8:50 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday. He offered...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. speaks with reporters after a citizenship hearing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Chicago. Perez Jr., was deported to Mexico in 2018 after being released from prison on a drug conviction says he has become a U.S. citizen. A spokeswoman for Miguel Perez Jr. says he was informed he is now a U.S. citizen early Friday. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
October 04, 2019 - 8:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — An Army veteran deported to Mexico after serving time in prison for a drug conviction became a U.S. citizen on Friday. Miguel Perez Jr. held up his citizenship certificate for the cameras after being sworn in, saying, "Here it is." "It took a whole lot of work and a whole lot of...
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A protester with a mask stands near other protesters moving a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong streets Friday after the city's embattled leader invoked rarely used emergency powers to ban masks at rallies in a hardening of the government's stance after four months of anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 04, 2019 - 8:30 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader insisted a new measure banning masks at rallies was not a move toward authoritarian rule or at the behest of the Chinese government, which signaled its approval shortly after she implemented the toughened response to quell four months of increasingly...
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