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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 file picture former President Macron's security aide Alexandre Benalla appears before the French Senate Laws Commission prior to his hearing, in Paris, France. France's Foreign Ministry is threatening legal action against a former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron, amid reports that he continued using his diplomatic passports after being fired for beating a protester. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
December 28, 2018 - 10:44 am
PARIS (AP) — Alexandre Benalla hasn't finished causing trouble for the French president. Emmanuel Macron's former security aide is again at the heart of a political scandal, just as the president is struggling against yellow vest protests that have undercut his legitimacy at home and abroad...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. Barack Obama’s earliest supporters in Iowa are setting aside the wistful romance of his surprise 2008 caucus victory and focusing on who can seize the presidency from Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 28, 2018 - 5:34 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The romance of Barack Obama's surprise victory in Iowa hangs like a championship banner in the minds of Democrats in the state more than a decade after they set him on the road to being the nation's first African- American president. But as they begin to think about Iowa's...
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South and North Korean government officials connect northern and southern railroad tracks during a groundbreaking ceremony at Panmun Station in Kaesong, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won't be crossing the border anytime soon. (Korea Pool/Newsis via AP)
December 26, 2018 - 5:03 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won't be crossing the border anytime soon. The ceremony at the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli media is reporting Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition government has agreed to call an early election for April 9. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
December 24, 2018 - 2:42 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called early elections for April, setting the stage for a three-month campaign clouded by a series of corruption investigations against the long-serving Israeli leader. Riding high in the polls, Netanyahu appears all but certain to win a...
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Michael Bernstein is shown while shopping in Troy, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Bernstein voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and likely would do so again in 2020 if he sought a second term in the White House. Bernstein, 52, points to Trump's success in getting justices approved to the U.S. Supreme Court and the positive economy as evidence he chose the right candidate, but the freelance auto writer from suburban Detroit could do without some of what Trump brings. A small, but significant slice of the American electorate may hold the key to President Donald Trump’s political future. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 24, 2018 - 12:18 am
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jill Mott doesn't like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh. "That is the question," said Mott, a Republican from suburban Detroit. In her...
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Lebanese anti-government protesters clash with riot policemen as they try to reach the government building in central Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. Hundreds of Lebanese protested against deteriorating economic conditions as politicians are deadlocked over forming a new government. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
December 23, 2018 - 10:41 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese protested against deteriorating economic conditions Sunday, with some briefly scuffling with army troops, as public anger mounts against politicians deadlocked over forming a new government since May. The army appealed for calm in a statement, urging protesters to...
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December 23, 2018 - 10:34 am
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's doctors will go on an indefinite strike in the first of a series of work stoppages amid protests calling on the country's longtime autocratic leader, President Omar Bashir, to step down, an umbrella coalition of professional unions said on Sunday. In a statement, it said the...
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December 22, 2018 - 12:10 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Protests over worsening economic conditions resumed Saturday for a fourth consecutive day, with thousands taking to the streets in a string of Sudanese cities, including the capital Khartoum, as activists reported that authorities rounded up more than a dozen politicians from a leftist...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak during a signing ceremony for H.R. 2, the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 21, 2018 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say they believe President Donald Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, though the public is divided on whether he should be removed from office if he's found to have stymied the probe, according to a new poll by...
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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, center left, speaks to the media with South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon, center right, at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed optimism about the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis, a day after the North issued a surprisingly blunt statement saying it will never disarm unless the U.S. removes what it calls a nuclear threat. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 21, 2018 - 1:26 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed optimism about the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis, a day after the North issued a surprisingly blunt statement saying it will never disarm unless the United States removes what it...
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