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FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Miami developer and investor, one of many charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite universities, was pardoned early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by President Donald Trump. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Trump pardons in California extend to former congressman

Jan. 20, 2021 6:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in illegal gifts from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors, it was considered the largest bribery scandal in congressional history. The disgraced former...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

Jan. 20, 2021 6:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman who pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from defense contractors. A Republican fundraiser who was paid handsome sums to illicitly lobby a presidential administration. An influential voice in conservative circles accused of duping donors who supported a border wall....

Pork exec gives $25K to Iowa governor; company got virus aid

Jan. 20, 2021 2:48 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An owner of a large pork production company that disproportionately benefited from an Iowa coronavirus aid program recently donated $25,000 to Gov. Kim Reynolds' campaign, a new disclosure report shows. Mary Ann Christensen, board member of Christensen Farms and part of the family...

FILE - This Nov. 15, 2020 file photo, shows a general view of the Givat Hamatos Israeli settlement in east Jerusalem. Israeli authorities on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, advanced plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement monitoring group said, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week. Peace Now said that over 90% of the homes lay deep inside the West Bank, which the Palestinians seek as the heartland of a future independent state. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel pushes settlement construction as Trump leaves office

Jan. 20, 2021 2:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli watchdog group said Tuesday that the government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements a day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Israeli authorities made a major last-minute push this week to advance settlement...

Thai classical dancers wearing face shields to help curb the spread of the coronavirus perform at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Thailand's government announced new measures, including partial lockdowns with strict travel restrictions in some areas. Schools, bars, gambling parlors and other public gathering places have been closed. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai leader threatens punishment for false vaccine news

Jan. 19, 2021 8:33 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned Tuesday that his government will prosecute anyone who shares false information about coronavirus vaccines in social or mass media. The government already has the power to impose punishments under a state of emergency that was declared last March...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2020, file photo, an Afghan security official stands near a vehicle in which rockets were placed, in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, after five rockets were fired at a major U.S. base in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

Jan. 15, 2021 10:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that may have violated a last-minute congressional prohibition. The reduction could complicate matters for the incoming Biden administration, which must determine how to...

McKee promises seamless transition during virus fight

Jan. 14, 2021 4:14 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, who will take over as governor if Gina Raimondo is confirmed as President-elect Joe Biden's commerce secretary, said Thursday his top priority will be continuing the state's fight against the coronavirus. But the Democrat said at a news conference at a Warwick...

Greek parliament approves plan to buy French Rafale fighters

Jan. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers in a vote Thursday approved a defense procurement program to purchase 18 French-made Rafale fighter planes, part of an armaments plan announced by the government in September. Greece has earmarked 11.5 billion euros ($14 billion) for the modernization of its armed...

Cemetery workers carry the remains of 89-year-old Abilio Ribeiro, who died of the new coronavirus, to bury at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Manaus declared on Jan. 5 a 180-day state of emergency due to a surge of new cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Brazil suspends syringe purchase effort as vaccination lags

Jan. 6, 2021 3:16 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday his administration is suspending an effort to buy hundreds of millions of syringes just as the country is preparing to launch a nationwide vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Bolsonaro said on his social media channels that prices...

In this photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, spokesman of the organization Behrouz Kamalvandi, center, briefs the media while visiting Fordo nuclear site near Qom, south of Tehran, Iran Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Joe Biden has an Iran problem. And, it’s getting more complicated by the day. Thanks to provocative moves by Iran and less-than-coherent actions by the outgoing Trump administration, the president-elect is facing an increasingly uncertain situation when it comes to Iran, a decades-long American nemesis that has been a target of blame for much of the Middle East's instability, (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP)

EXPLAINER: Breaking down Biden’s Iran problem

Jan. 5, 2021 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has an Iran problem. And, it’s getting more complicated by the day. Thanks to provocative moves by Iran and less-than-coherent actions by the outgoing Trump administration, the president-elect is facing an increasingly uncertain situation when it comes to Iran, a...