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WASHINGTON | Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020. “Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020

U.S. Department of State News: Swearing in of Venezuela’s New National Assembly President

WASHINGTON – Jan. 5, 2018 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: Today the United States celebrates the swearing-in of the new Executive Board of Venezuela’s National Assembly led by Deputy Juan Guaidó as its President.  Chargé d’Affaires James Story attended this important event.  The National Assembly is the only legitimate and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Swearing in of Venezuela’s New National Assembly President

ISTANBUL | Turkey’s Erdogan reveals part of Khashoggi killing audio

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president says he has heard an audio recording in which a suspected killer of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi allegedly says: “I know how to cut well.” Speaking Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added that the man heard in the recording was a high-level soldier and “morgue employee” who “openly” said he could … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey’s Erdogan reveals part of Khashoggi killing audio

PRISTINA, Kosovo | The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army

PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Latest on Kosovo’s vote to create an army (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Serbia’s president has denounced the United States for its support of a Kosovo army and praised allies Russia and China for their opposition to the move. President Aleksandar Vucic addressed the nation in his typical dramatic tone, saying … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army

WASHINGTON | Ex-Trump lawyer: Hush money paid over election concerns

WASHINGTON — Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump‘s longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned about how their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.” Michael Cohen — who for more than … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ex-Trump lawyer: Hush money paid over election concerns

PHILADELPHIA | Army beats Navy for 3rd straight time and Trump at game

PHILADELPHIA — Army had the corps bouncing in front of the president and kept the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. The No. 22 Black Knights recovered two fumbles in the fourth quarter, Kelvin Hopkins Jr. had two rushing touchdowns and Army beat Navy 17-10 on Saturday to win its third straight game in the series. President Donald Trump … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Army beats Navy for 3rd straight time and Trump at game

PHILADELPHIA | Trump handles coin toss at start of Army-Navy football game

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump mixed politics and sports Saturday, announcing the departure of his chief of staff before settling in for Army-Navy football game. The commander in chief flew to Philadelphia for the 119th meeting in the storied rivalry between the service academies, and officiated the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field, home of … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Trump handles coin toss at start of Army-Navy football game

WASHINGTON | Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to be America’s ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president’s “America first” approach to foreign policy. If confirmed by the Senate, Heather Nauert, a 48-year-old former Fox … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

WASHINGTON | Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

WASHINGTON — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of state’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG— Angolan President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government, generating some goodwill from activists who struggled to have their voices heard during the long rule of former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Lourenco, who became president last year, on Tuesday hosted leaders of Angolan civil society organizations at the presidential palace to … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of state’s toughest critics

KIGALI, Rwanda | Ex-Burundi leader rejects warrant for his arrest as tactic

KIGALI, Rwanda— Pierre Buyoya, Burundi’s former president, on Sunday dismissed as politically motivated an arrest warrant issued against him for his alleged participation in the assassination of his country’s first democratically elected leader. On Friday, Burundi’s attorney general issued 17 international arrest warrants for Buyoya and former senior military and civilian officials suspected of involvement … Continue reading KIGALI, Rwanda | Ex-Burundi leader rejects warrant for his arrest as tactic

WASHINGTON | From Bush to Clinton, a grace note for the ages

WASHINGTON— It was a grace note for the ages. “Dear Bill,” George H.W. Bush scribbled Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president. “When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | From Bush to Clinton, a grace note for the ages

HOUSTON | The Latest: Gorbachev offers ‘deep condolences’

HOUSTON — The Latest on the death of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 3:49 a.m. Former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has 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 … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Gorbachev offers ‘deep condolences’

KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine bars entry to Russian men of fighting age

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine toughened its stance in its increasingly tense confrontation with Russia on Friday, banning entry to all Russian men of fighting age in what Ukraine’s president said was an effort to prevent the Kremlin from destabilizing the country. The ban will last 30 days — as long as the martial law introduced … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine bars entry to Russian men of fighting age

JOHANNESBURG | Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones

JOHANNESBURG — Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country’s president said Thursday, opening a worrying new front in the region’s nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State. President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development during a meeting of countries contributing troops to a multinational force combatting … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones

WASHINGTON | Pence: Trump to sign HIV/AIDS program legislation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will soon sign legislation reauthorizing a 15-year-old HIV/AIDS program that has helped millions in Africa. Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement Thursday at a White House event marking Saturday’s World AIDS Day. The Senate passed legislation extending the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, for five years, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pence: Trump to sign HIV/AIDS program legislation

WASHINGTON | Trump says Manafort pardon ‘not off the table’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday a pardon for Paul Manafort is “not off the table” — a comment that drew swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the Russia probe. The president’s discussion of a possible pardon in an interview … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says Manafort pardon ‘not off the table’

WASHINGTON | The Latest: House Dems re-elect Hoyer, Clyburn to top roles

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on the House Democrats’ leadership elections (all times local): 4:20 p.m. House Democrats have re-elected Rep. Steny Hoyer in their No. 2 spot and Rep. Jim Clyburn as the third-ranking Democrat, reinstating their entire leadership team for the new Congress. Hoyer of Maryland is set to become majority leader, while Clyburn … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: House Dems re-elect Hoyer, Clyburn to top roles

WASHINGTON | Senator: Pardoning Manafort would be an ‘abuse of power’

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says if President Donald Trump pardons his former campaign chairman it would be a “blatant and unacceptable abuse of power.” Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says in a tweet that the presidential pardon power is not a “personal tool” that the president can use to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senator: Pardoning Manafort would be an ‘abuse of power’

TIJUANA, Mexico | Mexico accepts housing migrants, seeks US development aid

TIJUANA, Mexico— As Mexico wrestles with what to do with more than 5,000 Central American migrants camped out at a sports complex in the border city of Tijuana, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government signaled Tuesday that it would be willing to house the migrants on Mexican soil while they apply for asylum in the … Continue reading TIJUANA, Mexico | Mexico accepts housing migrants, seeks US development aid

PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border

PALM BEACH, Fla.  — President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on its side. Trump is citing the situation involving migrants camped in Tijuana, Mexico, after traveling in a caravan to reach the … Continue reading PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border

PALM BEACH, Florida | Trump kicks off Thanksgiving break golfing with Nicklaus

PALM BEACH, Florida— President Donald Trump is spending the first day of his Thanksgiving break taking advantage of the good golfing weather. White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the president was playing “a quick round” on Wednesday with golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus’s professional golfer son Gary, and his grandson G.T. Trump has also been … Continue reading PALM BEACH, Florida | Trump kicks off Thanksgiving break golfing with Nicklaus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Germany cautions against politicizing Interpol

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the election of Interpol’s next president (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Germany is congratulating the newly elected president of Interpol and warning against politicizing the global police cooperation agency. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said Berlin is “convinced that Kim Jong Yang is a good choice” and … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Germany cautions against politicizing Interpol

WASHINGTON | Facing criticism, Trump says he’ll visit troops in war zone

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump frequently credits himself with accomplishing more for the military and veterans than any other president in recent memory. But he has yet to embark on what has long been a traditional presidential pilgrimage important to the military: a visit to troops deployed in a war zone. As he departed Tuesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Facing criticism, Trump says he’ll visit troops in war zone

JOHANNESBURG | South African president praises German investment

JOHANNESBURG  — South Africa‘s president says Germany is an important economic partner which he hopes will expand its investment here. President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking Tuesday in Cape Town to mark the end of the three-day state visit of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Ramaphosa said Germany is South Africa’s third-largest global trading partner and one … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African president praises German investment

DALLAS | Pilot union says it wants to help reduce delays on American

DALLAS — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes that they believe will reduce chronic flight delays at the world’s biggest airline. Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said Monday that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January … Continue reading DALLAS | Pilot union says it wants to help reduce delays on American