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A Malaysian national flag is on display outside FGV Holdings Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest palm oil companies, in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia palm oil producer vows to clear name after U.S. ban

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade issued the ban...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

Sep. 30, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about child workers, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence. The order...

Tunisian Defense Minister Brahim Bartagi, right, talks with U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in Tunis Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived Wednesday in Tunisia, before heading to Algeria and Morocco. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

US defense chief visits North Africa, World War II cemetery

Sep. 30, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Tunisia's president Wednesday, kicking off a North African tour amid growing concern about lawlessness in Libya. Esper is expected to travel to Algeria on Thursday and Morocco on Friday, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf is sworn in before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, halted major fee increases for citizenship and other immigration benefits three days before they were to take effect, saying the last two chiefs of the Homeland Security Department, including Wolf, were likely appointed illegally. (Shawn Thew/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Judge blocks big fee hikes for citizenship, other benefits

Sep. 30, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday halted major fee increases for citizenship and other immigration benefits three days before they were to take effect, saying the last two chiefs of the Homeland Security Department were likely appointed illegally. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White found Kevin...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Cairo, Egypt.  An Israeli official says, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020,  the country will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute. The official says  Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation in talks mediated by the United States. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Israel to hold US-mediated talks with Lebanon on sea border

Sep. 26, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute, an Israeli official said Saturday. The official said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation in talks mediated by the United States. Representatives...

Customs officers find heroin in car crossing Port of Nogales

Sep. 25, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Customs officials say they seized over 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of drugs at a border crossing in Nogales. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers found the drugs Wednesday hidden in compartments of a sedan. The driver, identified as a 21-year-old American man, was flagged for extra...

Young visitors wearing face masks look at the iconic cartoon characters Goofy and Pluto at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened its doors to visitors after closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: India's daily new virus cases on declining trend

Sep. 25, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another 86,052 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week. The latest update from the Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total to more than 5.8 million. The ministry said 1,141 more people died in...

US: Mexican man with dehydration symptoms dies in Arizona

Sep. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man from Mexico has died at a Tucson hospital after showing symptoms of dehydration at a centralized processing facility operated by U.S. Border Patrol, authorities said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the 30-year-old man died Monday. His name wasn’t...

RCMP officers prepare to enter an apartment complex in connection with the mailing of ricin to President Trump Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in St. Hubert, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Arrest in case of ricin letters sent to White House, Texas

Sep. 21, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to the White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border and is also suspected of sending similar poisoned envelopes to law enforcement agencies in Texas, officials said Monday. The letter...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, file photo, an American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington. A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

AP sources: Woman accused of sending ricin letter arrested

Sep. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday. The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it...