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AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

The Latest: US announces sanctions against Maduro officials

Feb. 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela's oil chief and key intelligence officials under President Nicolas Maduro, tightening pressure on the embattled leader. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven...

Leaked State Department email: US military aircraft to start delivering 250 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela border

Feb. 15, 2019 11:04 AM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaked State Department email: US military aircraft to start delivering 250 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela border.

Late Rep. John Dingell celebrated as 'a world-class doer'

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" and "a world-class doer" as lawmakers, longtime colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House. Dingell, who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone...

US, N. Korean negotiators to meet again before 2nd summit

Feb. 8, 2019 9:57 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. envoy for North Korea returned from three days of talks in Pyongyang and will meet again with his North Korean counterpart before the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi later this month, the U.S. State Department...

Expedia, Orbitz stop selling Venezuela tickets amid turmoil

Feb. 7, 2019 6:58 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Travel websites like Expedia and Orbitz have quietly stopped selling airline tickets for Venezuela amid recent political turmoil, further isolating the socialist-run country after years of declining flight service. On Thursday, it was impossible to find on the popular websites any...

Guantanamo prison looms as option as IS fight ends

Feb. 7, 2019 6:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Guantanamo Bay detention center would receive new prisoners for the first time in more than a decade under one option being considered as the U.S. withdraws its forces from Syria and works to resolve the fate of hundreds of captured suspected Islamic State fighters, officials say....

Ivanka Trump project seeks to help women in developing world

Feb. 7, 2019 4:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threw his weight behind his daughter's latest White House effort Thursday, backing her initiative to provide an economic boost to women in the developing world. The president on Thursday launched the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a...

US ambassador says Cameroon relations good despite aid cut

Feb. 7, 2019 12:31 PM EST

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The United States has cut some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns but the countries' relations remain excellent, the U.S. ambassador asserted Thursday, while the central African nation's government remained silent. France said it would not follow the U.S. lead...