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Lebanon's cannabis heartland, Bekaa, hopes for legalization

Jul. 27, 2018 2:10 AM EDT

YAMMOUNE, Lebanon (AP) — In the fields of this quiet village surrounded by mountains, men and women work clearing dirt and dry leaves from around cannabis plants, a major source of livelihoods in this impoverished corner of Lebanon, The fertile Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon has long been notorious as one...

Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

Jul. 21, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Saturday tried to rally the country's white minority voters, who traditionally back the opposition, as the race in this month's historic election becomes too close to call. President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the gathering of a few hundred people in the...

Rural county seeks to be first in Virginia to arm teachers

Jul. 20, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nationally, teachers are overwhelmingly against the idea of carrying weapons into classrooms. Not so in the westernmost county of Virginia, where declining revenues from growing tobacco and mining coal have left the local government unable to afford more than four resource officers to...

Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid

Jul. 10, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — It had taken a decade for Brandon Tomas Tomas to establish a life in America: a wife, a steady job and five American-born children. It took 20 seconds for that life to be taken away. An immigration officer looking for someone else spotted him and asked an innocuous question:...

Senate passes farm bill, setting up clash on food stamps

Jun. 28, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House. The bill passed 86-11. The legislation renews farm programs such as crop insurance and land conservation....

Australia tobacco-packaging law doesn't violate WTO rules

Jun. 28, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization dispute body said Thursday that Australia did not unfairly inhibit trade by requiring plain packaging for tobacco products, sending a message that tough-on-tobacco rules don't necessarily violate fair trade. The WTO's dispute settlement body said complainants did...