Political issues

FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo, Catalan presidential candidate Jordi Turull walks past Spanish police officers as he arrives to the Supreme Court after a break for lunch in Madrid. Spanish authorities said on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, that Turull and Jordi Sanchez, both leaders of Catalonia’s separatist movement who have spent the last year in prison, are starting a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
December 01, 2018 - 7:56 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two leaders of Catalonia's separatist movement who have spent the last year in prison started a hunger strike on Saturday to protest what they claim is the unfair treatment by Spanish courts. Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, regional lawmakers in northeastern Catalonia, said...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 1991, file photo, President George H.W. Bush gestures during a joint news conference with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, at the Soviet Embassy in Madrid. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
December 01, 2018 - 6:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday expressed his "deep condolences" to the family of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and all Americans following his death. Gorbachev worked closely with Bush to bring an end to the Cold War in the late 1980s and 1990s, and lauded...
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November 30, 2018 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Justice Department official admitted his role Friday in a multimillion-dollar effort to try to get the United States to drop its investigation into a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered billions from a Malaysian investment fund. George Higginbotham's guilty...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reacts while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. EPA’s internal watchdog says it has closed two probes into the conduct of former Administrator Scott Pruitt as inconclusive because investigators were unable to interview him before he resigned. Acting Inspector General Charles Sheehan says in a report sent to Congress that Pruitt’s departure left his investigators unable to complete reviews into Pruitt’s bargain-rate rental of Capitol Hill condo from the wife of an industry lobbyist and efforts to pursue business opportunities for his wife. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 30, 2018 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency has closed two probes into the conduct of former Administrator Scott Pruitt as inconclusive because investigators were unable to interview him before he resigned. EPA Acting Inspector General Charles Sheehan said in a...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2018, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrives for a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the FY19 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. An internal watchdog has cleared IZinke of wrongdoing following a complaint that he redrew the boundaries of a national monument in Utah to benefit a former state lawmaker and political ally. The Interior Department’s office of inspector general says it found no evidence that Zinke gave former state Rep. Mike Noel preferential treatment in shrinking the boundaries of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
November 30, 2018 - 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unleashed a scathing personal attack Friday against a congressman who had called on him to resign, accusing the Arizona Democrat of drunkenness and using taxpayer money to cover up inappropriate behavior. Zinke sent his tweet after Rep. Raul...
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November 30, 2018 - 1:47 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Italy's foreign ministry formally summoned on Friday the Egyptian ambassador to Rome to prompt Egyptian authorities to "act rapidly" in investigating the torture and killing of an Italian researcher nearly three years ago. The decision by Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi...
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Attorneys Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle, right, with the defense team for Paul Manafort, walk from federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, after a scheduling conference. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 30, 2018 - 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may face additional charges after lawyers in the special counsel's Russia investigation said he lied to them and broke his plea agreement, prosecutors said Friday. The latest development in Manafort's case comes at a time of public...
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Activists light candles in front of the picture of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos in Caloocan, metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. A Philippine court has found three police officers guilty of murdering delos Santos they alleged was a drug dealer in the first known conviction of a wrongful death under the president's deadly anti-drugs crackdown. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
November 29, 2018 - 7:45 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president's deadly crackdown on drugs. Regional Trial Court Presiding Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. ruled the...
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November 29, 2018 - 5:44 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro has been arrested for allegedly receiving bribes. Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao was taken into custody by federal police at the governor's palace early Thursday. A statement by police said operation "Wolf's Mouth" was focused on alleged...
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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks to members of the media after leaving a closed door meeting about Saudi Arabia with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
November 28, 2018 - 7:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The Arizona senator, who is retiring from Congress,...
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