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WASHINGTON | Influential president of Human Rights Campaign stepping down

WASHINGTON— Chad Griffin, the influential LGBTQ activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the organization’s president. Griffin’s announcement follows a midterm election in which the group invested heavily in Democratic campaigns. The capstone for the organization came this week, when Rep. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Influential president of Human Rights Campaign stepping down

PARIS | In Paris, Trump stood alone

PARIS — For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, the president who proudly declares himself a “nationalist” stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise. He began his … Continue reading PARIS | In Paris, Trump stood alone

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 4 soldiers, wounded 20

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president says four soldiers have been killed and around 20 others injured in an explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in southeast Turkey. The Defense Ministry had announced Friday that 25 soldiers were wounded and seven others were missing following an unexplained accident during the firing of heavy weapons … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 4 soldiers, wounded 20

WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book

WASHINGTON  — Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Michelle Obama denounces the president … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book

LYON, France | Interpol: Rules forbid probe of ex-president’s fate in China

LYON, France— Interpol’s secretary general said Thursday that the international police organization’s rules forbid him from probing into the fate of the Chinese government official who served as Interpol president for almost two years before he vanished during a trip to China. In his first public remarks about the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, Interpol Secretary … Continue reading LYON, France | Interpol: Rules forbid probe of ex-president’s fate in China

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar | Madagascar to vote for familiar faces in presidential polls

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Voters in Madagascar will go to the polls Wednesday to elect a president with hopes that a new leader will take this Indian Ocean island nation out of chronic poverty and corruption. The 36 candidates have all promised to improve the country’s economy and end graft but political analysts say the three … Continue reading ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar | Madagascar to vote for familiar faces in presidential polls

MALE, Maldives | Maldives ex-president ends exile, criticizes current leaders

MALE, Maldives — The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term. Mohamed Nasheed traveled by boat parade from the airport island to the national capital, Male, where he was welcomed by his party members and supporters. At a news … Continue reading MALE, Maldives | Maldives ex-president ends exile, criticizes current leaders

PITTSBURGH | The Latest: Israel’s president sends message of solidarity

PITTSBURGH  — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Israel’s president is sending a message of solidarity after the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, saying Israel stands with the Jewish victims and the Pittsburgh community. In a videotaped message set to open an interfaith vigil Sunday, … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | The Latest: Israel’s president sends message of solidarity