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Cuba accuses US diplomat of supporting illegal actions

Nov. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Wednesday accused the top U.S. diplomat in the country of working closely with José Daniel Ferrer, the detained head of one of the country’s largest opposition groups. The accusations against charge d’affaires Mara Tekach were a break from Cuba’s normal...

Buttigieg looks to prove his staying power in Atlanta debate

Nov. 20, 2019 1:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Four Democrats jumbled at the top of the party’s presidential primary are looking to begin separating themselves in Wednesday’s final debate before Thanksgiving begins sapping voters’ attention — and that may mean sharpest criticism for the one with the...

Obama talks climate change, inequality at green conference

Nov. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that addressing global economic inequality is key to fighting climate change. Obama was a keynote speaker at the sustainable building conference Greenbuild in downtown Atlanta, where he participated in a question and answer session with Mahesh...

AP-NORC/USAFacts Poll: Facts missing from American democracy

Nov. 20, 2019 9:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time when many Americans say they're struggling to distinguish between fact and fiction, the country is broadly skeptical that facts underlie some of the basic mechanisms of democracy in the United States — from political campaigns to voting choices to the policy decisions...

New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in noms

Nov. 20, 2019 8:49 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act. Lizzo picked up nominations for album of the year with her...

7 key questions heading into the 2020 Democratic debate

Nov. 20, 2019 7:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again. No longer is there a clear front-runner. The fight for African American voters is raging. And there are growing concerns that impeachment may become a distraction from the...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Democratic debate: Rising Buttigieg could face attacks

Nov. 19, 2019 5:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Buttigieg’s dramatic rise from little-known Indiana mayor to a leading Democratic presidential candidate faces its toughest test on Wednesday, with rivals poised to lob debate-stage attacks in an effort to stall his momentum. The debate in Atlanta marks the first time Buttigieg...

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank

Nov. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ALON SHVUT, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prime minister traveled to the West Bank on Tuesday to celebrate the U.S.’s announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law. Benjamin Netanyahu called the Trump administration’s declaration, which stepped...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...