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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Nov. 12, 2019 5:03 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants....

Rainsy: EU trade move to bolster bid for Cambodian democracy

Nov. 12, 2019 3:54 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Cambodian exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the European Union's consideration of lifting trade privileges for Phnom Penh will add momentum to efforts to restore democracy in the country despite a government crackdown. The EU is to publish a report Tuesday on a...

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

Nov. 12, 2019 3:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise. As the aid was being blocked this summer, Ukraine officials began quietly asking the State Department about...

Impeachment aside, federal budget remains a pressing matter

Nov. 12, 2019 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business. The hearings and the possibility of impeachment and a trial create yet another layer of complications for senior lawmakers pressing for an agreement...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib ordered to enter defense in 1MDB case

Nov. 11, 2019 10:49 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian judge on Monday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to enter a defense at his first corruption trial linked to the multibillion-dollar looting at the 1MDB state investment fund that helped spur his shocking election ouster last year. Defense lawyers said...

Mulvaney to file his own impeachment lawsuit, lawyers say

Nov. 11, 2019 10:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit over testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, withdrawing his bid to join a separate case filed last month by a former Trump adviser, his attorneys said Monday. The plans were revealed in a court filing in...

The Latest: Morales says he's leaving Bolivia for Mexico

Nov. 11, 2019 8:43 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Bolivia (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has tweeted that he is leaving Bolivia for Mexico, which has granted him asylum. Peruvian authorities said earlier Monday evening that a Mexican government plane had flown...

Democrats, GOP to vie for impeachment narrative -- on TV

Nov. 11, 2019 8:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachable or not? Both Democrats and Republicans see the televised impeachment hearings starting this week as their first and best opportunity to shape public opinion about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Democrats believe the testimony will paint a vivid picture of...

National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

Nov. 11, 2019 7:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise. As the aid was being blocked this summer, Ukraine officials began quietly asking the State Department about...

Trump, 2020 Dem contenders tout efforts to boost veterans

Nov. 11, 2019 6:40 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — On Veterans Day, President Donald Trump paid tribute to America's troops at a New York City parade as top 2020 Democratic candidates outlined their plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as naming a woman to run the agency for the first time. The Democratic proposals,...