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AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama's gains for vets

May. 27, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. Trump said he passed a private-sector health care program, Veterans Choice, after failed...

Australia's newly reelected prime minister names Cabinet

May. 26, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Newly reelected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison named his Cabinet on Sunday, a week after his conservative coalition won a surprise victory. Morrison named Ken Wyatt as the indigenous affairs minister. Wyatt was the first indigenous man to become a federal government...

'Huge' challenges as Ramaphosa takes oath in South Africa

May. 25, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday urged the country to pursue "an extraordinary feat of human endeavor" as he was sworn in for a five-year term with a delicate fight against government corruption ahead of him. "The challenges our country face are huge and...

DeVos becoming popular target for Democrats in 2020 race

May. 23, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the "worst secretary of education we've seen." Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos "shouldn't be in her job." Beto O'Rourke's take on DeVos: "We can do better." In the hunt for a presidential nomination, those Democrats and others are increasingly taking swings at DeVos as a way...

UK's May delays Brexit bill, faces showdown on resignation

May. 23, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Increasingly isolated, Prime Minister Theresa May backed down Thursday from plans to seek Parliament's support for a Brexit bill already rejected by much of her Conservative Party, as expectations rose that she would cave in to demands that she resign and let a new leader try to complete the...

In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate

May. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his boss. In interviews from the Central American country, he's been offering cryptic comments suggesting the...

AP source: Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review

May. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted. Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut,...

AP source: Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

May. 14, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a person familiar with the issue. Barr appointed John Durham, the...

South Africa chief vows to purge ANC of 'deviant tendencies'

May. 12, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Sunday vowed to purge his party of "bad and deviant tendencies" as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national elections. The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled...

Hundreds gather at ceremony to bid farewell to Rosenstein

May. 9, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Justice Department employees gathered Thursday to send off Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, capping a tenure marked by a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump. Attorney General William Barr and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were among the speakers,...