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 2021-09-21 11:00 

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European court: Russia responsible for Litvinenko killing...

LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday backed the conclusion of a British inquiry that Russia was responsible for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with a radioactive materi...

 2021-09-20 15:00 

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Kamala Harris to face panelists on 'The View' Friday...

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit "The View" studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president. She'll answer questions about the pandemic, Afghanistan and ot...

 2021-09-20 05:00 

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Hong Kong shares lead Asia lower; Tokyo and Shanghai closed...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Shares fell nearly 4% in Hong Kong on Monday in holiday-thinned trading in Asia, with other big markets in Tokyo and Shanghai closed. Other regional benchmarks also fell after Wall Street wrapped up last week with another decline. Inv...

 2021-09-19 11:00 

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Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home...

By KATHY GANNON KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailin...

 2021-09-19 05:00 

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Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws...

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that choose the city's leader in polls Sunday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam called "very meaningful" as the first under reforms meant to ensure can...

 2021-09-18 15:00 

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EXPLAINER: What are the issues in Canada's close election?...

By ROB GILLIES TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a tough battle against his Conservative Party rival, Erin O'Toole, in Canadian elections on Monday. Trudeau called the early election in hopes of winning a majority of seats i...

 2021-09-18 13:00 

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After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts...

By LOLITA C. BALDOR ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Against the backdrop of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer is meeting in Greece with NATO counterparts this weekend, hoping to forge more basing, intelligence sharing and ot...

 2021-09-18 05:00 

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Family says Laundrie is now missing; Petito still not found...

Associated Press NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida said late Friday that they are working with the FBI to locate 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito. North...

 2021-09-18 03:00 

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County cuts deal to end fight over Arizona Senate subpoena...

By BOB CHRISTIE PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona's most populous county reached an agreement Friday evening with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer rou...

 2021-09-18 01:00 

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Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a "forensic invest...

 2021-09-17 19:00 

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North Carolina judges strike down state's voter ID law...

By GARY D. ROBERTSON RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state's latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remai...

 2021-09-17 13:00 

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The Latest: Taliban order male students, teachers to school...

By The Associated Press ISTANBUL — The Taliban's education ministry says all male students grades six to 12 and male teachers should resume classes across Afghanistan, starting on Saturday. The statement published on Facebook on Friday did not i...

 2021-09-16 21:00 

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Lawyer charged in probe of Trump-Russia investigation...

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The prosecutor tasked with examining the U.S. government's investigation into Russian election interference charged a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on Thursday with making a false statement to the FBI. The case ...

 2021-09-16 19:00 

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Dutch foreign minister quits over Afghanistan evacuations...

By MIKE CORDER THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag, resigned Thursday after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the ...

 2021-09-16 11:00 

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AP Week in Pictures: Middle East...

The Associated Press This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan region between Sept. 9-15, 2021. This week's selection includes scenes...

 2021-09-16 09:00 

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France calls killing of Islamic State leader big victory...

PARIS (AP) — France killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara because the group attacked French aid workers, African civilians and U.S. troops, French officials said Thursday, calling him "enemy No. 1" in protracted anti-terro...

 2021-09-15 19:00 

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GOP lawmakers vote for subpoena seeking voter information...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in Pennsylvania's state Senate prepared Wednesday to test how far they can go in pursuing what the GOP calls a "forensic investigation" of last year's presidential election, as Democrat...

 2021-09-15 13:00 

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The Latest: China urges that Afghan funds abroad be unfrozen...

By The Associated Press BEIJING — China says it is maintaining contact between its embassy in Afghanistan and the Taliban and is calling for Afghan government funds held abroad to be unfrozen. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Wednesday s...

 2021-09-15 09:00 

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The Latest: Afghan women soccer players enter Pakistan...

By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD— Members of Afghanistan's women soccer team and their families arrived in Pakistan after fleeing their country in the wake of the Taliban's takeover, local media said Wednesday. It was unclear how many Afgha...

 2021-09-15 05:00 

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Asian stocks follow Wall St lower amid growth concerns...

By JOE McDONALD BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street down on Wednesday after U.S. inflation was lower than expected amid unease about the impact of the spread of the coronavirus's delta variant. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and ...

 2021-09-15 03:49 

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Their view: Lessons from Afghanistan for a high school history class...

America's schoolchildren don't resist learning from history. Policymakers do....

 2021-09-14 15:00 

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Blinken faces new round of hard Afghan questions in Congress...

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is facing a second day of tough congressional questions about the Biden administration's much-criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relatio...

 2021-09-13 21:52 

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Putin hails Medvedev's win over Djokovic in US Open final...

MOSCOW — Daniil Medvedev received congratulations from the Kremlin on Monday after ending Russia's 16-year wait for a men's Grand Slam title with victory over Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open....

 2021-09-12 13:00 

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Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget...

By THOMAS BEAUMONT DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a swing House distr...

 2021-09-11 05:51 

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Boback holds joint 'Veterans Service Officer Day' at the Capitol...

HARVEYS LAKE — Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, has announced "Veterans Service Officer Day" at the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m....

 2021-09-11 03:00 

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The Latest: US envoy praises Qatar for Afghanistan flights...

By The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — More than 250 foreign nationals have left Afghanistan in the past three days, says Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington's special envoy and the architect of an often criticized deal with the Taliban. The deal...

 2021-09-10 19:00 

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GOP aims to advance election 'investigation' with subpoenas...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top Republican in Pennsylvania's state Senate is pushing forward what the GOP calls a "forensic investigation" of last year's presidential election, calling Friday for a Senate committee to iss...

 2021-09-10 03:00 

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Asian shares rebound; Wall St headed for weekly decline...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Shares were higher in Asia on Friday as investors stepped up buying despite another decline on Wall Street that kept the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq on track for their first weekly losses in three weeks. Shares rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and...

 2021-09-10 03:00 

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Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil leaders charged with subversion...

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police charged the group that organizes the city's annual Tiananmen candlelight vigil and three of its leaders with subversion under the national security law, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent. The Hong Kong Allian...

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Unionist leader says Brexit deal could sink N Ireland govt...

By JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland's largest British unionist party heightened post-Brexit political tensions on Thursday, saying the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union could collapse the Belfast government...

 2021-09-09 11:00 

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The Latest: Up to 150 Americans expected to fly out of Kabul...

By The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Two Qatari officials say they expect 100 to 150 Americans to fly out from Kabul's airport in the coming hours. If confirmed, this would mark the first large-scale evacuation of Americans from Afghanis...

 2021-09-09 01:00 

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Biden ousts 18 Trump military academy board appointees...

By AAMER MADHANI WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday removed 18 appointees named to U.S. military academy boards by Donald Trump in the final months of the Republican president's term in office, according to the White House. ...

 2021-09-09 01:00 

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US Senate race in Pennsylvania takes personal turn...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican primary for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat turned personal Wednesday, as real estate developer Jeff Bartos slammed rival Sean Parnell for allegations related to his contentious divorce and chil...

 2021-09-08 13:00 

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Hong Kong police arrest defiant Tiananmen vigil leaders...

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four leaders of the group that organized the city's annual Tiananmen Square commemorations after they refused to cooperate in a national security investigation, the group said. The Hong Kon...

 2021-09-08 11:00 

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The Latest: Germany says skeptical about Taliban government...

By The Associated Press BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister has responded skeptically to the Taliban's announcement of an interim government line-up for Afghanistan. The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government stacked wit...

 2021-09-08 09:00 

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German, US foreign ministers to meet on US base in Germany...

BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet at the Ramstein U.S. Air Base for talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday. The two diplomats are first set to talk bilaterally and later hold a virtual m...

 2021-09-08 03:57 

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Jay Ambrose: Abortion rises as major election issue...

After President Joe Biden's tragic spectacle of administrative incompetence, pundits said Afghanistan was going to be the chief issue in the midterm elections. Then the Supreme Court showed up as justices refused to halt a Texas legal maneuver that co...

 2021-09-07 19:00 

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The Latest: Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp at US Open...

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): ___ Daniil Medvedev is the first player into the U.S. Open semifinals. The No. 2 seed from Russia got there for the third straight year by eliminating qualifier Botic v...

 2021-09-07 17:00 

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Early stumble as El Salvador starts Bitcoin as currency...

By MARCOS ALEMAN SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender Tuesday, but the rollout stumbled in its first hours and President Nayib Bukele informed that the digital wallet used for transac...

 2021-09-06 19:00 

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French giant signs mega deals with Iraq for oil, gas, water...

By SAMYA KULLAB BAGHDAD (AP) — French energy giant Total signed mega contracts with Iraq worth $27 billion to develop oil fields, natural gas and a crucial water project that officials said Monday will be key for the oil-rich country to maintain cru...

 2021-09-06 00:58 

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Taliban stop planes of evacuees...

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerg...

 2021-09-05 15:00 

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Taliban resume some flights, press assault on final holdout...

By KATHY GANNON KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban rulers resumed some domestic passenger flights to and from Kabul on Sunday, as the religious militia's fighters stepped up an assault on the last remaining pocket of resistance ...

 2021-09-05 01:00 

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Trump's backing lands early in wide-open US Senate race...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The most sought-after endorsement in Pennsylvania's wide-open Republican primary for U.S. Senate went early to Sean Parnell, but the backing of former President Donald Trump isn't clearing the field for Pa...

 2021-09-04 17:29 

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Suit challenges Pennsylvania's new mask mandate for schools...

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn the Wolf administration's The governor's spokesperson dismissed what she called the GOP's "effort at underminin...

 2021-09-04 02:51 

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Suit challenges Pennsylania's school mask mandate...

The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn the Wolf administration's new mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools....

 2021-09-03 19:00 

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The Latest: US building 'small cities' at bases for Afghans...

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. military bases housing Afghanistan evacuees are building their own city-type leadership organizations to deal with sanitation, food and other challenges as the numbers of Afghans coming into the U.S. grows. Air...

 2021-09-03 13:00 

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EU ministers outline conditions for relations with Taliban...

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — European Union officials on Friday listed a set of conditions for defining the EU's level of engagement with the Taliban as the new rulers of Afghanistan, including respect for human rights and th...

 2021-09-03 09:00 

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The Latest: Taliban say Western Union to resume operations...

The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban say Western Union will resume its operations in Afghanistan, opening a rare conduit for foreign funds to flow into the cash-strapped country. The group's 's cultural commission spokesman,...

 2021-09-02 15:00 

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Qatar says it's not clear when Kabul airport will reopen...

By KATHY GANNON, TAMEEM AKHGAR and ISABEL DEBRE KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Qatar's top diplomat said Thursday that experts are racing to reopen Kabul's airport but warned it was not clear when flights would resume, with many still desperate t...

 2021-09-02 13:00 

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Democrats promote Cheney to vice chairwoman of Jan. 6 panel...

By MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have promoted Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to vice chairwoman of , placing her in a leadership spot on the panel as some members of the GOP caucus are threatening to oust her for participating. ...

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