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  • Was Montana's wild House race a Trump test? Not so much

    Fri, 26 May 2017 09:04:57 GMT

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Greg Gianforte spent the day of his greatest political victory out of sight, avoiding questions about the assault charge filed against him on the eve of a congressional race that some cast as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

  • Ethiopia charges 2 with terrorism over deadly stampede

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:49:16 GMT

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has charged two people with terrorism, saying they caused a stampede last year that killed dozens of people and led the government to declare a state of emergency.

  • US diplomat: China tightened border controls with N. Korea

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:43:29 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have told the U.S. that they've tightened inspections and policing along the border with North Korea as part of U.N. sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said Friday.

  • Rights group says Chechen officials humiliated gay detainees

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:43:05 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Rights activists from Human Rights Watch say in a new report that high-level officials in Russia's Chechnya have visited detention facilities where gay people allegedly were illegally held and tortured.

  • How the AP-NORC poll on long term care was conducted

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:43:02 GMT

    The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on long-term care was conducted March 2-29 by NORC at the University of Chicago, with funding from the SCAN Foundation. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 1,341 adults age 40 and over who are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel.

  • Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare for long-term care

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:39:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  • The Latest: Trump to attend gathering of G-7 leaders

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:37:56 GMT

    TAORMINA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

  • Rights groups urge Uganda to back probe into deadly clashes

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:37:44 GMT

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Dozens of human rights watchdogs and lawyers are urging Uganda's government to allow an independent investigation into killings by security forces during a clash with a tribal kingdom last year.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump sides with French winner, at least now

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:28:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems President Donald Trump is siding with the winner of the French election, at least now that he's won.

  • S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:18:39 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will allow a civic group to contact North Korea over help in fighting malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016, officials said Friday.

  • As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:11:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump met Pope Francis this week, the U.S. leader renewed a commitment to fighting global famine and proudly announced a new multimillion-dollar American aid contribution to four African nations in crisis. Left unsaid by the president or the White House: His proposal to slash such funds by more than 40 percent in the next fiscal year.

  • Key dates in Sri Lanka's contributions to UN peacekeeping

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:11:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka's participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations began while the country was embroiled in a brutal, generation-long civil war. Yet, even as Sri Lanka refused to investigate alleged war crimes by its troops during that conflict, the U.N. continued to deploy thousands of Sri Lankan peacekeepers to guard some of the world's most vulnerable populations.

  • GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:02:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama's health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn't come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, and the poor.

  • Q&A: A look at latest legal loss for Trump travel ban

    Fri, 26 May 2017 07:54:30 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Virginia-based federal appeals court pulled no punches in refusing to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, with judges in the 10-3 majority calling the administration's action discriminatory and its reasoning nonsensical.

  • Sri Lankan sex abuse in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

    Fri, 26 May 2017 07:45:25 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomized by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation.

  • Pakistan police fire tear gas, swing batons at farmers rally

    Fri, 26 May 2017 07:36:57 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police have fired tear gas, wielded batons and clashed with farmers rallying in Islamabad to pressure the government to allocate more funds to agriculture.

  • Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

    Fri, 26 May 2017 07:36:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban after a federal appeals ruled that the ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."

  • Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence

    Fri, 26 May 2017 07:34:58 GMT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has rejected a resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives that condemned violence by Turkish bodyguards against protesters during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington last week.

  • Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

    Fri, 26 May 2017 07:24:44 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.

  • Philippines official: Terror suspect still in besieged city

    Fri, 26 May 2017 06:50:52 GMT

    ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — One of Asia's most-wanted militants is still hiding out in a city in the southern Philippines where government forces backed by armored vehicles and helicopters are battling gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, the country's military chief said Friday.

  • Bangladesh removes Lady Justice statue from court complex

    Fri, 26 May 2017 06:32:48 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A Lady Justice statue was removed from Bangladesh's Supreme Court premises under tight security overnight after Islamist hardliners pressed for its removal for months, the sculptor said Friday.