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Harris to seek federal investment on teacher pay, aide says

Mar. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday will call for a significant federal investment in teacher pay, a campaign aide says, the first policy proposal that she has put forth since officially launching her 2020 campaign. At a rally in Houston, Harris will argue that the...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

Mar. 23, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his...

The Latest: France's Macron praises coalition for IS defeat

Mar. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local): 3:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the international coalition and its allies after U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria....

AP FACT CHECK: McCain can't respond but his record speaks

Mar. 23, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says John McCain failed his fellow veterans, stained public policy and took anti-Trump fake news to the FBI before the 2016 election. McCain can't respond but his record speaks. Trump misrepresented it, on matters stretching from McCain's school days to his funeral,...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Mar. 23, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. After...

Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"

Mar. 23, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision. But IS, which traces its roots back to the bloody emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq after...

IDB bank calls off annual meeting next week in China

Mar. 23, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Inter-American Development Bank is calling off its general assembly next week in China amid a dispute over the participation of a Venezuelan representative opposed by Beijing. The IDB did not say in a press release the reason for canceling the meeting, planned for March 28-31 in...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

Mar. 23, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a...

The Latest: Trump reversing new sanctions on North Korea

Mar. 23, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States sanctions on North Korea (all times local): 2:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump "likes...

Trump says he's bucking Treasury, reversing NKorea sanctions

Mar. 23, 2019 3:59 AM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he has reversed his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, with his press secretary explaining that the president "likes" leader Kim Jong Un and doesn't think they're necessary. It's unclear, however, which...