• Chicago Dec 2, 2019

    Supt. Eddie Johnson Fired Before Retirement, Mayor Lightfoot Announces, Citing ‘Intolerable' Actions

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot abruptly fired the city’s top cop Monday, terminating Supt. Eddie Johnson over allegations he “intentionally misled” both her and the public. Lightfoot said Johnson “engaged in a series of actions intolerable for any leader in a position of trust,” citing evidence she had reviewed from an ongoing investigation by the inspector general into an incident in...

  • leader Dec 1, 2019

    London Extremist Attack Takes Center Stage in UK Campaign

    Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is dominating the political scene as the Dec. 12 election nears, shifting the focus, at least for...

  • Donald Trump Dec 2, 2019

    White House Says It Won't Participate in Impeachment Hearing

    The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial. A draft report will be available for members of the House Intelligence Committee to view in a...

  • Donald Trump Dec 1, 2019

    Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Rally Cut Short by Police Tear Gas

    Thousands of people took to Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in a new wave of pro-democracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement. In the largest of three rallies, a key thoroughfare along the waterfront on the Kowloon side of Victoria...

  • Donald Trump Nov 28, 2019

    Fired Navy Leader Highly Critical of Trump in SEAL Case

    Richard Spencer, who was fired at Navy secretary for his handling of a SEAL war crimes case championed by President Donald Trump, wrote Wednesday that the commander in chief “has very little understanding” of how the American military works. The extraordinary accusation came in an opinion piece published on The Washington Post’s website Wednesday evening, three days after he was...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Takeaways From Impeachment Hearing With Gordon Sondland

    Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, was the most anticipated witness in the House impeachment inquiry and his testimony Wednesday showed why. He made repeated references to a quid pro quo involving Ukraine and invoked the names of senior Trump administration officials who, he said, knew what was going on. He also confirmed the existence of...

  • Attorney Nov 20, 2019

    Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Faces Wire Fraud, Tax Charges

    Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been indicted in connection with a scandal over sales of her self-published children’s books, federal law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.

  • bank Nov 19, 2019

    Johnson, Corbyn Square Off on Brexit in 1st UK Election Debate

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn squared off Tuesday in the first live televised debate of Britain’s election, each trying to spark a lackluster campaign to life.

  • Donald Trump Nov 17, 2019

    Leaked Russian Interference Report Raises UK Vote Questions

    Questions about the British government’s failure to release a report on Russia’s interference in the country’s politics continued to dog Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday as critics said leaks from the document raised concerns about the security of next month’s election. The report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference may have affected the 2016 referendum on Britain’s...

  • Donald Trump Nov 15, 2019

    Speaker Pelosi on Trump's Ukraine Actions: ‘It's Bribery' and Impeachable

    House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” that Democrats have been using to describe President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public, they’re going for a more colloquial term that may resonate...

  • Israel Nov 14, 2019

    Israel Resumes Strikes on Gaza After Rocket Fire

    Israel says it has resumed strikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after it fired a number of rockets into Israel. The announcement by the Israeli military early Friday indicated that an unofficial cease-fire declared nearly 24 hours earlier was breaking down.

  • United States Nov 13, 2019

    US Superbug Infections Rising, But Deaths Are Falling

    Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable. So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down. About 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013, the Centers for...

  • Florida Nov 13, 2019

    University of Florida Student Government Leader Faces Impeachment Over Visit by Donald Trump Jr.

    As President Trump faces the possibility of impeachments, his son is at the center of a similar situation at a Florida school. The Tampa Bay Times reports that members of the student senate at the University of Florida have begun an impeachment inquiry into the student government president at the school, Michael Murphy. A formal resolution was delivered to Murphy...

  • Donald Trump Nov 12, 2019

    Afghan President: Taliban to Release American University Professors in Prisoner Swap

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event broadcast live on state television, Ghani told the nation that the “conditional release” was a very...

  • Afghanistan Nov 11, 2019

    Macron Marks Armistice Day, 101 Years After End of WWI

    French President Emmanuel Macron marked Armistice Day on Monday by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, as a giant tricolor flag flew overhead. Greeted by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Macron laid a wreath and inspected troops during the ceremony celebrating 101 years since the Armistice that ended the slaughter of World War I. He...

  • Associated Press Nov 11, 2019

    Bolivia in Power Void as Morales, Would-Be Successors Resign Amid Election-Fraud Allegations

    Bolivia entered a sudden era of political uncertainty on Monday as President Evo Morales, pushed by the military and weeks of massive protests, resigned after nearly 14 years in power and seemingly every person constitutionally in line for the job quit as well. Crowds of jubilant foes of the socialist leader celebrated in the streets with honking horns and fireworks...

  • Twitter Nov 10, 2019

    Runner's Abuse Allegations Embolden Other Female Athletes

    Track and field is facing a painful and public reckoning with the treatment of some female athletes. Former teen running star Mary Cain’s account this week of alleged physical and emotional abuse at the recently disbanded Nike Oregon Project is prompting more top athletes to come forward. Amy Yoder Begley, a 10,000-meter runner, said Friday she was told she had...

  • Donald Trump Nov 9, 2019

    Was Trump Call With Ukraine ‘Perfect'? GOP Scrambles to Decide

    Republicans have no unified argument in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, in large part because they can’t agree on how best to defend the president — or for some, if they should. That would require a level of consensus that Trump’s call with the Ukraine president was “perfect,” as he insists. Or it would take a measure of GOP...

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2019

    Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower's ID ‘Not Particularly Relevant'

    Ivanka Trump on Friday echoed her father’s view that the House impeachment investigation is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election. But, in an interview with The Associated Press, she parted ways with President Donald Trump by calling the identity of the impeachment whistleblower “not particularly relevant.” The Republican president and some of his allies lately have been pressing the...

  • Joe Biden Nov 4, 2019

    Warren, Buttigieg Circle Each Other in Iowa as Caucuses Near

    Gaining momentum in the final three months before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg offered sharply different messages this weekend as they inched closer to a confrontation over the direction of the Democratic Party. Warren, a Massachusetts senator, positioned herself as a bold progressive fighter while Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said he could unite the...

  • leader Nov 3, 2019

    UK's Boris Johnson Apologizes for Missing Brexit Deadline

    Britain’s election campaign heated up Sunday even before it officially started, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he would apologize to Conservatives for failing to take the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage saying he won’t personally run for a seat in Parliament. Johnson’s promise to have Britain leave the bloc...

  • Congress Nov 2, 2019

    Hong Kong Chaos Sees Tear Gas, Attack on Chinese News Agency

    Anti-government protesters attacked the Hong Kong office of China’s official Xinhua News Agency for the first time Saturday after chaos broke out downtown, with police firing tear gas and demonstrators hurling gasoline bombs as the pro-democracy movement approached the five-month mark. Streets in the upscale Causeway Bay shopping area and nearby Victoria Park were clouded in tear gas, prompting thousands...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Analysis: In Hyperpartisan Era, Trump's GOP Support Is Solid

    The more concrete the testimony in the impeachment inquiry, the more solidly Republicans are sticking with President Donald Trump. Witness after witness in closed-door House hearings is corroborating the core facts that Democrats say make a strong case against the president. Trump pressured Ukraine, an American ally, for an investigation of Joe Biden, his family and the Democrats. At the...

  • America Oct 31, 2019

    US Envoy in Kabul Negotiating Hostage Release: Sources

    Washington’s peace envoy was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday trying to negotiate a prisoner exchange that would free two Western professors employed by the American University of Afghanistan held by the Taliban since 2016, officials said. Zalmay Khalilzad is trying to barter a prisoner exchange involving American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks that could resuscitate peace efforts...

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    Internal White House Debate Stifles Release of Pence-Zelenskiy Call

    It’s been almost three weeks since Vice President Mike Pence said he had “no objection” to releasing a reconstructed transcript of his phone call with the leader of Ukraine. But as House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry continues moving swiftly into its second month, the White House still has not made a decision on whether to make those details of Pence’s call...

  • China Oct 29, 2019

    Activist Joshua Wong Barred From Election, Hong Kong Nears Recession

    Hong Kong authorities barred pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from an election as the city’s leader warned Tuesday that months of violent protests have pushed the city to the brink of recession. In comments likely to further anger protesters, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said there would be no political solution until the violent protests gripping the semi-autonomous Chinese territory end. “For...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Syrian Kurdish Forces Say They Killed Close Al-Baghdadi Aide, Security Increased at ISIS Prisons

    Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group’s leader in a U.S. military raid. The heightened security also comes as Kurdish forces said they are continuing operations to hunt down IS leaders in Syria. Hours...

  • United States Oct 28, 2019

    Slain South Florida Reporter's Family Speaks on Death of ISIS Leader

    Steven Sotloff’s mother and father heralded the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a victory. In 2013, Steven Sotloff was working as a freelance journalist in Syria before being kidnapped. The following year he was beheaded by the Islamic militant group.

  • driver Oct 24, 2019

    Fire Has Industry Rethinking Guidance to Dump Burning Trash

    The trash collection industry has long recommended drivers quickly unload burning garbage to ensure their safety. But as California braces for several days of hot, windy weather, they’re taking a second look at their guidance on trash-dumping when the threat of wildfires is high.

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Read: William Taylor's Opening Statement About Trump-Ukraine

    Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor testified before congressional lawmakers Tuesday as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into whether President Donald Trump abused the powers of the presidency in calling for Ukraine’s leader to investigate Trump’s political opponents.

  • Donald Trump Oct 20, 2019

    Caught Up in Trump Impeachment, US Diplomats Fight Back

    Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration’s unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. Over White House objections, the diplomats are appearing before impeachment investigators looking into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and they’re recounting stories of possible...

  • Joe Biden Oct 20, 2019

    California Relishes Role as Liberal Trendsetter, Trump Foe

    The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world’s biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide.

  • President Oct 19, 2019

    Chile Declares a State of Emergency Amid Protests in Capital

    A chaotic atmosphere pervaded the Chilean capital Friday after student protests against an increase in bus and subway fare deviated into a series of riots and fires, in light of which President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of emergency. Hundreds of thousands of Santiago residents returned with much difficulty to their homes after the metro operator suspended service becasue of...

  • director Oct 15, 2019

    MeToo Leader Launches New Hashtag to Mobilize Voters

    The founder of #MeToo is using the second anniversary of the movement to launch a new effort intended to mobilize voters heading into the 2020 election. The new hashtag #MeTooVoter was unveiled Tuesday, on the same day as the fourth Democratic presidential debate and reflects a frustration among activists that issues of sexual violence and harassment have largely been absent...

  • United Kingdom Oct 13, 2019

    Brexit Divorce Talks Between UK and EU Go Down to the Wire

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to brief his Cabinet Sunday on the progress of last-minute Brexit talks with the European Union, amid signs of progress but also deep-seated skepticism about the chances of a deal. Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31, and attempts to find a deal have foundered over plans for keeping an...

  • Donald Trump Oct 12, 2019

    Turkish Forces Say They've Captured Key Syrian Border Town

    Turkey’s military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism. Turkish troops entered central Ras al-Ayn, according to Turkey’s Defense Ministry and a war monitor group. The ministry tweeted: “Ras al-Ayn’s residential...

  • Donald Trump Oct 9, 2019

    In NH, Joe Biden Says President Trump Must Be Impeached

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday for the first time that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection. Biden made the remarks as part of a blistering 25-minute speech in New Hampshire, departing from his usual campaign pitch.

  • judge Oct 9, 2019

    Alabama Capital Elects First Black Mayor in 200-Year History

    Alabama’s capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery after defeating businessman David Woods by a decisive margin. Reed won about 67% of the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 7, 2019

    Federal Judge Says Trump Must Give Tax Returns to New York Prosecutors

    With President Donald Trump under siege on Capitol Hill, a federal judge dealt him a setback on another front Monday and ruled that New York City prosecutors can see his tax returns for an investigation into such matters as the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a Playboy centerfold. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero emphatically rejected...

  • Associated Press Oct 8, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Abandon Kurdish Allies in Syria

    President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Impeachment Probe Reaches Into White House With New Subpoena

    For the first time, the impeachment inquiry reached directly into the White House on Friday as Democrats subpoenaed officials about contacts with Ukraine and President Donald Trump signaled his administration would not cooperate. The demand for documents capped a tumultuous week that widened the constitutional battle between the executive branch and Congress and sharpened the political standoff with more witnesses,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2019

    Some in GOP Want Trump Inquiry But Balk at Impeachment Talk

    They don’t like the talk of impeachment, but there’s a small and growing number of Republicans who want the Democratic-run House investigation of President Donald Trump to proceed. Several House Republicans have said in recent days that they want answers to questions about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine’s president. By contrast, Republican leaders in the House have vigorously defended Trump and...

  • Attorney Oct 2, 2019

    Israel Begins Netanyahu's Pre-Indictment Corruption Hearing

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on corruption charges began Wednesday in Jerusalem, as a jittery political world eagerly sought clarity on his legal standing amid the stalemate that followed the country’s second inconclusive election of the year. Netanyahu is currently struggling to prolong his lengthy rule by building a unity government with his primary opponents, the centrist...

  • Donald Trump Oct 2, 2019

    Ukraine's Ex-President Discussed Investments With Giuliani

    Ukraine’s former president says he discussed investments with President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in 2017, but that he never discussed Ukrainian companies with any U.S. official. Like many Ukrainians, former President Petro Poroshenko is trying to distance himself from the U.S. impeachment inquiry into Trump, triggered by a phone call between the American leader and Poroshenko’s successor, Volodymyr Zelenskiy....

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2019

    'You're Good-Looking': Ukraine's Leader Woos Tom Cruise

    Ukraine’s leader isn’t just trying to charm U.S. President Donald Trump — he’s set his sights now on Tom Cruise, too. Mission impossible? Maybe not — Cruise is studying possible Ukrainian locations for an upcoming film, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office.

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2019

    ‘You're Good-Looking': Ukraine's Leader Woos Tom Cruise

    Ukraine’s leader isn’t just trying to charm U.S. President Donald Trump — he’s set his sights now on Tom Cruise, too. Mission impossible? Maybe not — Cruise is studying possible Ukrainian locations for an upcoming film, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office. Zelenskiy tapped his roots as a TV and film comedian when hosting Cruise in the Ukrainian presidential...

  • Congress Sep 30, 2019

    Turkey Vows to Keep Investigating Jamal Khashoggi's Killing

    Days ahead of the anniversary of the grisly slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that his country will press ahead with efforts to shed light on the killing. In a Washington Post op-ed, Erdogan described the journalist’s killing by a Saudi hit squad as “arguably the most influential and controversial incident of the...

  • Congress Sep 30, 2019

    Saudi Crown Prince Takes ‘Full Responsibility' for Khashoggi Killing, Denies He Ordered It

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes “full responsibility” for the grisly killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he denied allegations that he ordered it. “This was a heinous crime,” Prince Mohammed, 34, told “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday. “But I take full responsibility as a leader in Saudi...

  • Donald Trump Sep 27, 2019

    How the White House and DOJ Learned About the Whistleblower

    The White House and the Justice Department learned about an intelligence official’s concerns about President Donald Trump around the same time the individual filed a whistleblower complaint that is now at the center of an impeachment inquiry, according to a U.S. official and another person familiar with the matter.

  • leader Sep 25, 2019

    Al Franken to Make Return on Weekly SiriusXM Radio Show

    Al Franken, who resigned his U.S. Senate seat in 2017 amid sexual misconduct charges, will re-emerge into the public sphere on Saturday when he starts a new weekly radio show on the SiriusXM satellite service. The Minnesota Democrat is perhaps the most prominent public figure felled by the #MeToo movement to step back into public life. He said he has...

  • United Kingdom Sep 25, 2019

    Johnson: ‘Terrifying Limbless Chickens' But Little Brexit

    Things the beleaguered British prime minister said in his astonishing speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday night: “Pink-eyed Terminators from the future.” ”Terrifying limbless chickens.” ”Your fridge will beep for more cheese.” Things Boris Johnson didn’t address with any substance: Brexit (though he mentioned it in a quip). The British court ruling earlier in the day that said...

  • Donald Trump Sep 25, 2019

    Trump Says Impeachment Drive Is a Plus, Yet Tweets With Fury

    Fifty-eight floors above Manhattan, President Donald Trump watched his legacy change and his political future grow more uncertain. The president, back in his hometown of New York for the U.N. General Assembly, was taking “executive time” at his Trump Tower penthouse late Tuesday afternoon when Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House was launching a formal impeachment inquiry against him....

  • Donald Trump Sep 25, 2019

    Formal Impeachment Inquiry Opened in Congress Against President Trump: Here's What It Means and What's Next

    Impeachment is in the air. If you follow politics, watch TV or use Twitter, you’ve probably heard the word “impeachment” used over and over again with growing urgency this week.

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    Boris Johnson Heads to UN, Urging World to See Beyond Brexit

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson headed for the United Nations in New York on Sunday to argue that post-Brexit Britain will be a dynamic world power taking the lead on tackling climate change and an unstable Middle East. But he and his country face some big hurdles. He is struggling to strike a withdrawal agreement with a skeptical European Union, and...

  • Miami Sep 23, 2019

    Locals Protest New Palmetto Express Lane Tolls

    If you have been enjoying the free express lanes on the Palmetto expressway, enjoy them while they last, because starting Monday they will cost you. Florida Department of Transportation Officials have said there is no cap on the tolls, and the price will change depending on traffic flow. But, FDOT says the minimum drivers can expect to pay is 50…

  • China Sep 21, 2019

    Hong Kong Protesters, Police Face Off in Renewed Clashes

    Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs and police fired tear gas Saturday in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances. Reporters saw at least one person arrested after violence erupted following an afternoon march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun, a district in the northwest of the Chinese territory. Hong Kong is in the fourth month of sometimes violent protests...

  • Puerto Rico Dec 12, 2019

    Many Homes Still Without Roofs in Puerto Rico, 2 Years After María

    When Doña Milagros Matos Marquez and her husband Don Cruz Marquez received the news that Hurricane María was approaching Trujillo Alto in Puerto Rico, they expected some rain and maybe a little bit of wind, like with previous storms. Instead María blew their roof off once the storm made landfall exactly two years ago on Friday. In the months after...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Iran's Supreme Leader: No Talks With the US at Any Level

    Iran’s supreme leader announced on Tuesday that “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level” — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries’ presidents at the U.N. later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of...

  • Donald Trump Sep 18, 2019

    Israel's Netanyahu, Allies Appear to Fall Short of Majority

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his natural religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, partial results indicated, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political future and even clear the way for him to be tried on corruption charges. Initial partial results showed challenger Benny...

  • Donald Trump Sep 15, 2019

    Embattled Israeli PM Fights for Survival in Do-Over Election

    A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year. With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in Tuesday’s vote may be the only thing to keep him out of...

  • leader Sep 15, 2019

    British Prime Minister's Aide Divides, But Will He Conquer?

    To some, he’s a strategic genius. Others call him a mayhem-loving anarchist. Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dominic Cummings. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most powerful aide — dubbed “Boris’ brain” by some — is an enigmatic backstage operator who shuns media attention, yet has been played onscreen by “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch. Since taking office two months...

  • New York Sep 14, 2019

    White House Says Bin Laden Son Killed in US Operation

    The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A statement issued in President Donald Trump’s name gave no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or...

  • California Sep 13, 2019

    US to Disclose Name of Saudi Sought by 9/11 Victims

    The U.S. said Thursday that it will disclose the name of a Saudi citizen sought by lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks who want to link the kingdom to the terrorist plot.

  • Donald Trump Sep 9, 2019

    Congress Returns to McConnell's Legislative ‘Graveyard'

    Facing criticism that the Senate has become little more than what one member calls an “expensive lunch club,” Congress returns for the fall session Monday with pressure mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to address gun violence, election security and other issues. The Kentucky Republican has promised a “Grim Reaper” strategy focused on burying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s legislative...

  • Donald Trump Sep 8, 2019

    Manager: Trump Family Building ‘Dynasty' for Decades to Come

    President Donald Trump’s campaign manager predicted Saturday that the president and his family will become “a dynasty that will last for decades,” transforming the Republican Party while hewing to conservative values. Speaking to a convention of Republican Party delegates in Indian Wells, California, Brad Parscale also said the campaign’s goal is to build a national army of 2 million trained...

  • Chairman Sep 6, 2019

    Robert Mugabe, Longtime Zimbabwe Leader, Dies at 95

    Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support from Zimbabwe’s people soon after he became the first post-colonial leader of what had...

  • Associated Press Sep 5, 2019

    Boris Johnson's Brother Quits Government Amid Brexit Blows

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bad week got even worse Thursday when younger brother Jo walked away from his government post over their differing stances over Brexit. It was clearly a difficult decision for Jo Johnson, who had returned to government as an education minister when his big brother replaced Theresa May as prime minister in July. Jo Johnson had...

  • China Sep 5, 2019

    HK Leader Says Bill Withdrawal Was Own Decision, Not Beijing's

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the decision to withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory was her government’s own initiative to break the impasse, and not Beijing’s directive. Lam told a news conference that China’s central government “understands, respects and supports” her government in the entire process. Withdrawal of the...

  • Associated Press Sep 5, 2019

    Johnson's Brexit Plans in Crisis After 3rd Defeat in 2 Days

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Wednesday for a national election on Oct. 15, saying it was the only way out of Britain’s Brexit impasse after lawmakers moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal. But Parliament delivered Johnson his third defeat in two days and turned down a motion triggering a vote....

  • Donald Trump Sep 4, 2019

    Ginsburg: Work on Court ‘Saved Me' During Cancer Treatment

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday night that her work on the bench saved her during her cancer treatments, as the judge was given a rock-star reception in the home state of the president who nominated her to the nation’s highest court. Ginsburg told a packed arena that she was “feeling very good tonight,” following the 86-year-old’s disclosure...

  • leader Sep 1, 2019

    Protesters Block Roads Near Hong Kong Airport

    Anti-government protesters blocked roads near Hong Kong’s airport with burning barricades and damaged a train station Sunday after a night of violent clashes with police. Train and some bus service to the airport on the outlying island of Chek Lap Kok were suspended. Some passengers walked to the airport, one of Asia’s busiest, carrying their luggage. Hong Kong has been...

  • United Kingdom Aug 29, 2019

    Opposition Surges Against Boris Johnson's Parliament Scheme

    Political opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament crystalized Thursday amid protests, legal action and a petition to block the move which has gathered more than 1 million signatures. Johnson’s maneuver gives his political opponents even less time to prevent a chaotic no-deal Brexit before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline. But the decision outraged critics and is...

  • United Kingdom Aug 28, 2019

    UK's Johnson Moves to Suspend Parliament Ahead of Brexit

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maneuvered Wednesday to give his political opponents even less time to block a chaotic no-deal Brexit before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline, winning Queen Elizabeth II’s approval to suspend Parliament. His critics were outraged. Though Johnson previously had refused to rule out such a move, the timing of the decision took lawmakers — many of...

  • President Aug 26, 2019

    After Cancer Treatment, Ginsburg Receives Honorary Degree From University at Buffalo

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has accepted an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo.

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2019

    Afghanistan Mourns, Vows to Crush Militants After Attack

    As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the weekend blast. “Around 20 victims’ families live in...

  • California Aug 19, 2019

    Florida's Iconic Palm Trees Threatened by Invasive Disease

    Florida’s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill.

  • China Aug 12, 2019

    Hong Kong Airport Shuts Down Amid Pro-Democracy Protest

    One of the world’s busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong’s main terminal Monday, while the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism.” The extreme action by the largely leaderless movement seemed calculated to prompt a stern response from Beijing, and Communist Party leader...

  • Europe Aug 11, 2019

    Island or European Nation? Rival Views of UK Shape Brexit

    British history has become a Brexit battleground. British voters’ decision three years ago to split from the European Union was fueled by a sense that the U.K. is fundamentally separate from its continental neighbors — a sceptered isle, rather than a European power. Brexit-backing Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg has compared Brexit to historic British military victories on the continent, saying...

  • Associated Press Aug 11, 2019

    Tear Gas Fired in Hong Kong With No End in Sight to Protests

    Police fired tear gas Sunday inside a train station and in several other Hong Kong neighborhoods where protesters occupied roads in another weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was deployed in the Sham Shui Po area, police said, calling a march there an “unauthorized assembly.” Nearby, protesters wearing gas...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2019

    Trump-McConnell 2020? Senate Head Sets Himself Up as Wingman

    It’s not quite “Trump-McConnell 2020,” but it might as well be. As he runs for reelection, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is positioning himself as the president’s wingman, his trusted right hand in Congress, transformed from a behind-the-scenes player into a prominent if sometimes reviled Republican like none other besides Donald Trump himself. “In Washington, President Trump and I are...

  • Donald Trump Aug 9, 2019

    Trump Says He Wants Background Checks, Claims McConnell ‘Totally on Board'

    President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. At the same time, Trump said he had assured the National Rifle Association that its gun-rights views would be “fully represented and...

  • spokesman Aug 7, 2019

    Taliban Suicide Blast in Kabul Kills 14 People; 145 Wounded

    A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians — shortly after the extremist group and the United States reported progress on negotiating an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year war. The bombing during morning rush hour was...

  • Donald Trump Aug 7, 2019

    Trump's America: Where Politics Dictate Definition of Racism

    It was the last morning of the workweek, and Scott Bremner, a popular talk-radio host here, found himself — again — in the role of accidental referee on the issue of race. And again, the discussion was inspired by racial provocations from President Donald Trump. For one caller, critics of Trump had things upside-down.

  • Congress Aug 3, 2019

    Puerto Rico Governor Resigns as Promised, Successor Sworn in

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of fresh political uncertainty. Rosselló had promised to step down in response to weeks of popular protest over mismanagement and a series of leaked chats in...

  • New York Jul 31, 2019

    US Has Intel That Osama bin Laden's Son Hamza Is Dead, Officials Say

    The U.S. has obtained intelligence that the son and potential successor of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, is dead, three U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials would not provide details of where or when Hamza bin Laden died, or if the U.S. played a role in his death. It is unclear if the U.S. has...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2019

    Hard-Won Budget, Debt Deal Clears Senate, Advances to Trump

    A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies relied on lots of Democratic votes to propel it over the finish line.

  • Associated Press Jul 28, 2019

    Police Fire Tear Gas as Hong Kong Protesters Block Roads

    Police fired tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters occupied two areas at opposite ends of central Hong Kong following a mid-afternoon rally against police use of tear gas the previous Sunday. As night fell, one group that...

  • Facebook Jul 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico's Governor to Quit Aug. 2 in Face of Protests

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced late Wednesday that he will resign Aug. 2, conceding power after nearly two weeks of furious protests and political upheaval touched off by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between him and his top advisers. A crowd of thousands outside the governor’s mansion in Old San Juan erupted into cheers and singing...

  • Donald Trump Jul 24, 2019

    Black Voters Say They Won't Forget Trump's Racist Tweets

    Robin D. Stephens lived through Jim Crow and thought the worst days of racism were behind her. Then President Donald Trump told four American congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from . “It was very hurtful to see the person who is the leader of the country that I live in and that I respect and...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    Trump Wants Pakistan to Help ‘Extricate' US From Afghanistan

    President Donald Trump said Monday that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week, but that he doesn’t want to kill millions of people and wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the earth.” He’s trying to persuade Pakistan to help get a deal with the Taliban that would end America’s longest war. “I could win that war in...

  • China Jul 21, 2019

    Police Launch Tear Gas as Hong Kong Protest Turns Violent

    Hong Kong’s protest movement took a violent turn Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters after a massive march continued late into the evening, and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who apparently were targeting pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of the tear gas was the latest confrontation between police and protesters who have taken to the streets for...

  • United States Jul 20, 2019

    Native Hawaiians Say Telescope Represents Bigger Struggle

    Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military bombing range. Now at 74, he’s still a prolific protester, getting arrested...

  • The Associated Press Jul 12, 2019

    Jerry Lawson, Leader of a Cappella Persuasions, Dies at 75

    Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said. Lawson’s smooth baritone led the group of five and later six singers, who were revered as...

  • georgia Jul 10, 2019

    These Are America's Top States for Business in 2019

    The war between the states for business and jobs has never been more intense, with states paying staggering amounts of taxpayer dollars to woo companies. The prizes are big — including Amazon’s promised $5 billion HQ2 project, and Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn’s $10 billion U.S. manufacturing complex. By the numbers, some states are better positioned than others to compete for...

  • leader Jul 5, 2019

    Robocalls Are Not Only Annoying — There's an Entire Dirty Industry Behind Them, FTC Reveals

    The Federal Trade Commission announced last week a crackdown on robocallers, giving one of the clearest pictures yet of the people and organizations behind the avalanche of nuisance phone calls to consumers. The actions are important because they draw the connection between robocalls, which may seem like mere annoyances, to the fraudulent organizations or illegal mass-calling schemes behind them. “We...

  • China Jul 5, 2019

    Hong Kong Students Reject Closed-Door Talks With City Leader

    Student unions from two Hong Kong universities said Friday that they have turned down invitations from city leader Carrie Lam for talks about the recent unrest over her proposal to allow the extradition of suspects to mainland China. The invitations followed a pledge by Lam to do a better job of listening to the voices of young people. Student leaders...

  • social media Jul 6, 2019

    In Queens, Revered Jewish Leader's Burial Site Draws Crowds

    It’s quiet in the middle of the day on the streets of this residential neighborhood in New York City’s borough of Queens — except for the steady stream of visitors coming in and out of one particular small converted house next to a cemetery.

  • food Jul 5, 2019

    UN: 5,287 Killings in Venezuela Security Operations in 2018

    Venezuela’s government registered nearly 5,300 killings during security operations last year linked to cases of “resistance to authority,” the U.N. human rights chief reported Thursday, denouncing a “shockingly high” number of extrajudicial killings. Michelle Bachelet’s report focusing on the last 18 months follows her trip to the troubled South American country last month and draws upon over 550 interviews conducted...

  • China Jul 2, 2019

    Riot Police Clear Away Protests From Hong Kong Legislature

    Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong’s legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside. The three-hour occupation, which ended early Tuesday, came on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China, a city holiday,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 26, 2019

    Trump Kicks Off Florida Meetings With Chinese Leader

    President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping opened their high-stakes summit at Trump’s Florida beach resort Thursday, with the urgent threat of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and tensions over trade on the agenda for the first meeting between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies.

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