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The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both flexing their political powers as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on...

Canada examining case of Saudi who fled Canada after charge

Jan. 17, 2019 6:50 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister said Thursday her government is looking into the case of a Saudi Arabian man charged with sexual assault who might have fled Canada despite having his passport seized. Nova Scotia's prosecution service said this month that Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi had bail posted by...

Brazil's Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

Jan. 17, 2019 4:56 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong." The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but military...

US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war

Jan. 17, 2019 2:31 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement. Khalilzad has accelerated efforts to end the war since his...

Zimbabwe pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

Jan. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a...

American's brother says Russia delays consular prison visit

Jan. 17, 2019 12:27 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The brother of an American being held in Moscow for alleged spying says a prison visit by U.S. Embassy staff has been postponed. David Whelan expressed disappointment that Russian authorities didn't allow the visit scheduled for Thursday, but said he hoped it could be rescheduled soon and...

Man detained in Lebanon on suspicion of entering from Israel

Jan. 17, 2019 10:36 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's army intelligence have detained a man on suspicion that he crossed into Lebanon from Israel, a military official said Thursday. The country's state news agency said the detainee is a U.S. citizen. Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war and each bans its citizens from visiting the...

Serbia court acquits suspects in 2008 torching of US embassy

Jan. 16, 2019 12:51 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian appeals court has acquitted the suspects in the 2008 rioting and torching of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence. The Appeals Court of Belgrade said Wednesday it has overturned suspended prison sentences for four suspects...

The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

Jan. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the U.S. military withdrawal. Sergey Lavrov told a news conference...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Jan. 16, 2019 1:35 AM EST

Forty years ago, Iran's ruling shah left his nation for the last time and an Islamic Revolution overthrew the vestiges of his caretaker government. The effects of the 1979 revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through decades of tense...