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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court for the second day of jury selection for his federal trial, in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair.

Trump calls for case against Roger Stone to be thrown out

Feb. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours before a court session regarding his longtime ally Roger Stone, President Donald Trump is tweeting that Stone's recent conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress “should be thrown out.” The barrage of Tuesday morning tweets comes days after Trump earned a ...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

UN appeals for humanitarian corridors in northwestern Syria

Feb. 18, 2020 10:54 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a military offensive has unleashed a massive wave of fleeing civilians in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the long...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Maduro said Friday that authorities haven’t detained opposition leader Juan Guaido because the courts haven’t ordered it, but he warned: “It will come.” (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

US sanctions Russian oil company for role in Venezuela

Feb. 18, 2020 10:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on the trading unit of Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft for helping Venezuela skirt an embargo on oil from the South American country. The administration is also placing sanctions on the on Rosneft Trading and its president,...

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at the Munich Security Conference, in Munich, Germany. The Afghan Independent Election Commission said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Feb. 18, 2020 10:43 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission announced Tuesday, more than four months after polls closed. The commission said Ghani garnered 923,592 votes, or 50.64%, in the election that took place last Sept. 28. His...

Trump administration sanctions unit of Russian oil giant Rosneft for helping skirt US embargo on Venezuelan oil

Feb. 18, 2020 10:33 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration sanctions unit of Russian oil giant Rosneft for helping skirt US embargo on Venezuelan oil.

Cincinnati coach Jan resigns amid investigation over remarks

Feb. 18, 2020 10:32 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans resigned amid an investigation by Major League Soccer of his use of a racial slur in the locker room. Jans resigned late Monday, FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said. The club had suspended Jans pending the investigation, which was prompted by a complaint...

A figure depicting US President Donald Trump as Emperor Nero is shown during a press preview for the Mainz carnival, in Mainz, Germany Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Carnival revelers poke fun at world leaders in Germany

Feb. 18, 2020 10:31 AM EST

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The heads and bodies are gigantic, the subjects are world leaders, and the creations are irresistible to look at. All of these oversized figures are coming together for a provocative parade at the traditional Mainz carnival celebrations in western Germany. They included a victorious...

A man rides past a wall painted with portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Trump's visit, in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Trump is scheduled to visit the city during his Feb. 24-25 India trip. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit

Feb. 18, 2020 10:31 AM EST

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A half-kilometer (1,640-foot) brick wall has been hastily erected in India's Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. “Since they are spending so much...

Vatican police perform new raids in London real estate case

Feb. 18, 2020 10:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican police conducted new raids as part of a corruption investigation into a botched London real estate venture, focusing on the Vatican prelate who signed the contracts for the deal involving a luxury apartment building. Documents and computers were seized from the office and home...

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte takes part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

In tight vote, Dutch lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade deal

Feb. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a tight vote Tuesday, lawmakers in the lower house of Dutch parliament approved a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag, who was in parliament to watch the vote, smiled after 72 lawmakers voted for the deal and 69...