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In reversal, Seoul to keep Japan military intelligence pact

Nov. 22, 2019 4:59 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The announcement, made just six hours before...

Bougainville vote could help create world’s newest nation

Nov. 22, 2019 4:54 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific people of Bougainville will on Saturday begin voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. The referendum will run over two weeks and is a key part of a 2001 peace...

Impeachment hearings highlight immigrants’ stories

Nov. 22, 2019 4:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds,...

Analysis: Mountain of impeachment evidence beyond dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 4:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of riveting public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, there is a mountain of evidence that is now beyond dispute. Trump explicitly ordered U.S. government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to...

Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet

Nov. 22, 2019 2:28 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet earlier this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while her family prepared her memorial. The statement by the African Union mission said Almaas Elman was...

Trump pays respects to Army officers killed in Afghanistan

Nov. 22, 2019 12:23 AM EST

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects Thursday to two Army officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed this week in Afghanistan, holding his salute until each of the flag-draped cases containing their remains were returned to their grieving families. Trump and...

Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses

Nov. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House official said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand" seeking investigations of Democrats, stunning testimony that dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment...

Quid pro quo, domestic errands: Takeaways from impeachment

Nov. 21, 2019 10:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a foreign country to investigate a political rival as he enters his re-election campaign. That has been established almost beyond doubt. But Republicans and Democrats agree on little else as they embarked on only the fourth impeachment inquiry in the nation's...

Somali official: 2020 could see first election in 50 years

Nov. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Somalia’s electoral commission told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that 2020 is “a pivotal year” for the country whose citizens have been denied the right to political participation for 50 years and are hoping for an election with universal...

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘domestic political errand’

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation...