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Trump, White House team dismiss Bolton book as ‘false’

Jan 27 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is disputing former national security adviser John Bolton's claims in his forthcoming book. Among the claims is an allegation that President Donald Trump told Bolton he wanted to withhold […]

Poland’s president invited to Israel amid row over WWII

Jan 27 2020 — AP — WARSAW, Poland — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday invited his Polish counterpart to Jerusalem for talks aimed at boosting bilateral relations following tensions over Poland's World War II history. Rivlin spoke in Oswiecim, southern Poland, during observances of the 75th anniversary of the liberation, by the Soviet Red Army, of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp […]

3 Jehovah’s Witnesses convicted in Russia amid crackdown

Jan 27 2020 — AP — MOSCOW — A Russian court has convicted three adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses of participating in a religion banned for extremism, the latest move against the denomination. Russia banned the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017 and since then has convicted 24 members, nine of whom are imprisoned; 27 others are in pretrial detention. The three who […]

UN health chief visits China to help with virus containment

Jan 27 2020 — AP — BEIJING — 11:20 p.m. The director-general of the World Health Organization has flown to China to meet with government officials and health experts trying to contain the spread of a deadly virus that has killed 81 people in China and infected 2,750. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said the U.N. health agency wants "to […]

Slovenia’s PM steps down, urges EU nation to hold early vote

Jan 27 2020 — AP — LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Slovenia's prime minister announced his resignation on Monday and urged the country to hold an early general election. Prime Minister Marjan Sarec said he's resigning because of the crumbling support for his minority government in the small European Union nation of 2 million. Sarec said he will submit his resignation to the […]

Italy’s regional voters thwart hopes of right-wing forces

Jan 27 2020 — AP — ROME — Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power. Nearly complete results Monday of Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7 % support to the […]

Progressive mayor Ted Terry exits Georgia US Senate race

Jan 26 2020 — AP — A young, progressive mayor of an Atlanta-area city on Sunday dropped out of the Democratic race to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in a contest that could dictate the fate of the Senate in 2020. Ted Terry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he struggled to raise enough money to compete in the nationally watched race. […]

UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

Jan 26 2020 — AP — LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science “superpower.” Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent route program with a pledge of 300 million pounds ($392 million) for research into advanced mathematics. […]

France reports 27% increase in anti-Semitic acts

Jan 26 2020 — AP — PARIS — Anti-Semitic acts increased in France last year by 27%, acts against Muslims inched higher while anti-Christian acts remained stable but highest of all, France’s interior minister said Sunday, denouncing the situation as intolerable. On top of that, acts described as bearing a racist and xenophobic character, mostly threats, more than doubled between 2018 […]

Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia files for pardon

Jan 26 2020 — AP — MOSCOW — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she couldn't be pardoned without making a personal appeal. […]

German military resumes training troops in northern Iraq

Jan 26 2020 — AP — BERLIN — The German military resumed training Iraqi troops in the country's Kurdish north on Sunday, about three weeks after it was suspended following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad. The military said the commander of the international operation fighting the Islamic State group lifted the suspension. Germany resumed training in […]

Defence Department: Soldier dies in accident in Syria

Jan 25 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — A 22-year-old soldier from North Carolina has died in a rollover accident in Syria, the Defence Department said Saturday. Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, of Wilmington, died Friday in Deir ez Zor Province, Syria, while conducting route-clearing operations, the department said. The incident is under investigation. Moore was assigned to 363rd Engineer Battalion, […]

FBI says monitoring of ex-Trump aide should’ve ended sooner

Jan 25 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that it should have ended its surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser earlier than it did because there was “insufficient predication" to continue eavesdropping, according to an order made public Thursday by a secretive intelligence court. The FBI obtained a warrant in 2016 to eavesdrop on former […]

NH GOP committeeman loses reelection effort

Jan 25 2020 — AP — MANCHESTER, N.H. — A prominent member of the New Hampshire Republican Party has lost his national post. New Hampshire national Republican committeeman Steve Duprey lost Saturday to Chris Ager in voting at the 2020 annual meeting of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, a state GOP spokesman said. Duprey then resigned his post for Ager […]

Bulgarians protest severe water shortage in industrial city

Jan 25 2020 — AP — SOFIA, Bulgaria — Residents of a Bulgarian city experiencing a severe months-long water shortage gathered in front of the government headquarters Saturday demanding urgent measures to address what they described as a looming humanitarian crisis. Protesters voiced suspicions that bribery and incompetence were behind the water shortage in the industrial city of Pernik. They warned […]