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Air Force professor admits concealing Chinese contacts

Oct. 25, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A longtime professor at a U.S. Air Force school in Alabama has pleaded guilty to lying to a federal investigator about his contacts with a Chinese official, prosecutors said Monday. Xiaoming Zhang, 69, a naturalized citizen of Chinese descent,...

Doctor: Saakashvili's health deteriorating on hunger strike

Oct. 10, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A doctor for former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says his condition is deteriorating 10 days into a hunger strike that he started after being arrested when he returned to the country. Saakashvili, 53, left Georgia in 2014 and became a Ukrainian...

Hundreds rally outside prison for Georgia's former president

Oct. 04, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

RUSTAVI, Georgia (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Monday outside a prison where former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been held since his arrest after returning to the country last week. Saakashvili, who left Georgia in 2014 and became a Ukrainian...

Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push

Sep. 19, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliamentarian said late Sunday, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway...

Tunisia tops Ivory Coast 78-75 to repeat as AfroBasket champ

Sep. 05, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri scored 22 points to help Tunisia repeat as African basketball champion in a 78-75 victory over Ivory Coast on Sunday. The veteran squad included former UCLA star Michael Roll, a naturalized citizen who had...

Tunisia, Ivory Coast win to advance to AfroBasket final

Sep. 04, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Naturalized citizen Matt Costello had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Ivory Coast beat Senegal 75-65 to advance to the final of the African basketball championship against defending champion Tunisia on Saturday. Costello, who played briefly for...

California couple pleads guilty to holding Guatemala family

Aug. 24, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to forcing a Guatemalan relative and her two daughters to work long hours under poor conditions while keeping the girls out of school with threats that they would be deported. Nery Martinez...

Silver for Sabbatini who now he tries to keep PGA Tour card

Aug. 03, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Rory Sabbatini has a silver medal and his name in the Olympic record book with his 61 in the final round. Whatever motives the South African had in becoming a naturalized citizen of Slovakia is secondary to his performance. But now it's time to...

Hooping for another country can be side door to the Olympics

Aug. 02, 2021 03:40 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Yvonne Anderson knew playing in the Olympics for the U.S. was a longshot at best. Realistically, it was likely never going to happen. Yet, the Arkansas native is here is at the Tokyo Games living her Olympic dream — with Serbia. ...

American beach 'knuckleheads' flirted with playing for Qatar

Aug. 01, 2021 02:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Couldn’t beat ‘em, couldn’t join ‘em. Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena got knocked out of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament on Sunday by Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan of Qatar. If things had gone a little differently, it could have...