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Paul's lawyers want his political views excluded from trial

Jan. 18, 2019 3:58 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul never shies away from speaking his mind, but his attorneys are asking a Kentucky judge to make the Republican lawmaker's political beliefs off-limits at his upcoming trial against the neighbor who tackled him while he was doing yard work at his home. That's fine...

Zimbabwe in 'total internet shutdown' amid deadly crackdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:08 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe imposed a "total internet shutdown" for most of Friday in what critics called an attempt to hide growing reports of a violent crackdown on protests against a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital, and rights groups said...

Tens of thousands honor stabbed Polish mayor on burial eve

Jan. 18, 2019 1:52 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Church bells tolled as tens of thousands in Poland's northern city of Gdansk walked in a procession Friday bringing the coffin of the city's slain mayor to a basilica on the eve of his burial. Mayor Piotr Adamowicz, 53, died Monday after being stabbed Sunday night at a charity event...

New attorneys general to continue investigating clergy abuse

Jan. 18, 2019 12:14 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse. At least 14 attorneys general around the country have confirmed...

Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army

Jan. 18, 2019 9:32 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military announced Friday that the Arakan Army, a Buddhist rebel group in Rakhine state, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks. The state earlier was the site of a brutal counterinsurgency campaign by the military against...

Danish newspaper, chief editor fined for ex-spy boss book

Jan. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets. The Copenhagen City Court says...

African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results

Jan. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts." Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday...

Pole held for China spying worked on security for pope visit

Jan. 17, 2019 5:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish cybersecurity expert charged with spying for China cooperated with Poland's government on security measures for a visit by Pope Francis and a Catholic Church event that brought hundreds of thousands of young people to the country in 2016, a Polish radio station said Thursday....

Lawsuit over amendment shielding some Jewish schools tossed

Jan. 17, 2019 4:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an advocacy group's lawsuit over a New York state lawmaker's attempt to shield ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools from oversight. U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser ruled late Wednesday that the group Young Advocates for Fair Education, or YAFFED lacks standing to sue...

Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Jan. 17, 2019 1:27 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward. Putin's presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29 fighter...