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'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me,"...

The Latest: Mexico 'does not agree' with new US asylum rule

Jul. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's new rule for Central American migrants seeking U.S. asylum (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says his country "does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum. That was a reference to...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

Jul. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black Republican senator, said...

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

Jul. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, received the sentence for killing one person and...

South Africa's ex-president denies corruption at inquest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character. Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing...

Retrial begins for former Texas officer charged with assault

Jul. 15, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A retrial is underway for a former suburban Dallas police officer charged with aggravated assault for shooting an unarmed man twice in the back. Former Mesquite officer Derick Wiley was fired after the November 2017 shooting that wounded Lyndo Jones. Authorities say the officer mistook Jones...

DeVos: Efforts to boycott Israel are a 'pernicious threat'

Jul. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that a movement to boycott Israel has become a "pernicious threat" on college campuses and is fueled by bias against Jews. Speaking at a Justice Department summit on anti-Semitism, DeVos issued a scathing rebuke of the BDS movement, a campaign led by pro-Palestine...

The Latest: Fields gets life plus 419 years on state charges

Jul. 15, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the state sentencing of a man convicted on federal hate crime charges related to a white nationalist rally (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who birthed a baby into a toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández had already...

Philippine leader signs law punishing sexual harassment

Jul. 15, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women's groups have accused him of committing. Philippine officials released on Monday a copy...