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The Latest: Barr decision on report to cause fireworks

Mar. 23, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation (all times local): 5 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told House Democrats she would reject any classified briefing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report, saying the information must be provided to Congress in a way that...

Barr scours Trump-Russia report to see how much to open

Mar. 23, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller's confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow's efforts...

The Latest: US commander: IS fighters could 're-emerge'

Mar. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local): 10:25 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria and Iraq says the victory of the Syrian Democratic Forces over the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate does not mean that violent extremism is over. The...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

Kamala Harris calls for federal investment on teacher pay

Mar. 23, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday called for a significant federal investment in teacher pay, the first policy proposal that she has put forth since officially launching her 2020 campaign. At a rally in Houston, Harris argued that the U.S. faces a teacher pay...

Planet savior or horror show? Green New Deal inflames debate

Mar. 23, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — To Democratic supporters, the Green New Deal is a touchstone, a call to arms to combat climate change with the full measure of the nation's resources and technological might. "A mission to save all of creation," in the words of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, one the plan's lead...

US to host Chinese trade delegation starting April 3

Mar. 23, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. will host a delegation from China led by Vice Premier Liu He early next month, following a trip by U.S. officials to China in an effort to improve trade relations, the White House said Saturday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump is...

Italy, China sign accord deepening economic ties

Mar. 23, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy signed a memorandum of understanding with China on Saturday supporting Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond. With the move, Italy becomes the first member of the Group of Seven...

US-allied Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Mar. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The...

Thailand's new government could be unstable, short-lived

Mar. 23, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak, unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that's a U.S. ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world's top tourist...