Political issues

September 26, 2018 - 9:42 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Ion Ficior, an ex-prison commander in Romania who was incarcerated for the deaths of 103 political inmates while in charge of a communist-era labor camp, has died. He was 90. Ficior died Wednesday at Jilava prison hospital, according to Bianca Filote, spokeswoman for the...
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FILE - This Oct. 4, 2017 file photo shows a device called a "bump stock" attached to a semi-automatic rifle at a gun store and shooting range in Utah. What's happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas? There were growing calls to ban the devices in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip. Some succeeded, but others did not. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 26, 2018 - 5:12 am
The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was armed with 23 AR-style weapons, 14 of them fitted with "bump stocks" that allowed them to mimic fully automatic fire. The devices were little-known before they were used in the Oct. 1 rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And in...
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This combination of file photos show, from left to right; then Malaysia’s Prime Minister-elect Mahathir Mohamad, Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Pakistan politician Imran Khan. The three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have recently elected leaders who campaigned on promises to move away from China’s growing sphere of influence. The surprising elections of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran Khan in Pakistan and longtime opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives could signal problems for the continued development of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative to build ports, highways and other trade-related infrastructure. (AP Photo, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:31 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China's growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world's second-largest economy won't be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are...
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President Donald Trump delivers a toast during a working lunch hosted by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 25, 2018 - 8:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's appearance at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 8:50 p.m. President Donald Trump scorned the "ideology of globalism" and heaped praise on his own administration's achievements in a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly. "...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., second from right, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, speaks with reporters about the confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, following a closed-door GOP policy meeting, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 25, 2018 - 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 7 p.m. The attorney for Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser says his client wants to give a sworn statement to the FBI. John Clune tweets that he's been trying to talk to Senate Judiciary Committee...
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September 25, 2018 - 5:53 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Chinese citizen living in Chicago has been arrested for allegedly spying on U.S. engineers and scientists, including defense contractors, for the Chinese government. Authorities said Tuesday 27-year-old Ji Chaoqun has been charged with one count of knowingly...
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 25, 2018 - 4:54 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning that the world has a bad case of "trust deficit disorder" and risks "runaway climate change," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged global leaders Tuesday to abandon unilateralism and reinvigorate cooperation as the only way to tackle the challenges and threats...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-In is escorted by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after a photo opportunity Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
September 25, 2018 - 4:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 4:50 p.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the current round of nuclear diplomacy with North Korea is "completely different" than the many failed deals that have frustrated past negotiators. Moon is...
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People gather at the scene of the assassination of Iraqi activist Soad al-Ali, who has been involved in organizing protests demanding better services in the city, in the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. A police official said masked gunmen shot dead al-Ali, a mother of four, outside a supermarket. The gunmen fled the scene after shooting at her and her husband in their car. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
September 25, 2018 - 12:50 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked gunmen shot dead a human rights activist and mother of four outside a supermarket in Basra on Tuesday, a brazen afternoon assassination that threatens to worsen tensions in the southern city wracked by violent protests. A police official said Soad al-Ali, who has been involved...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 24, 2018 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 11 p.m. President Donald Trump says Democrats are "working hard to destroy" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump says on Twitter that Kavanaugh is "a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be...
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