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Sudan's al-Bashir picks new premier amid shakeup, protests

Feb. 23, 2019 12:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has announced a new prime minister, a day after declaring a yearlong state of emergency amid protests calling for his resignation. In a statement by his office Saturday, al-Bashir announced the appointment of Mohammed Tahir Ayala as prime minister, part of a...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Feb. 23, 2019 12:41 AM EST

Where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in a...

Trump picks ambassador to Canada for UN post

Feb. 23, 2019 12:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has selected Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump said in a pair of tweets that Craft "has done an outstanding job representing our Nation" and he has...

Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail

Feb. 21, 2019 5:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 21 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is...

Opposition mounts against Texas governor's election chief

Feb. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Opposition intensified Thursday against Texas' new election chief as a key lawmaker said he won't back Gov. Greg Abbott's nominee, who called into question the U.S. citizenship of 95,000 voters using faulty data. A Senate committee punted on advancing Secretary of State David Whitley's...

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

Feb. 19, 2019 11:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. In his current post, the 60-year-old Rosen serves as the Transportation Department's chief operating...

Jailed Citgo executives in limbo amid Venezuela turmoil

Feb. 19, 2019 6:48 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A faint voice comes through the crackled phone line. On the other end, Tomeu Vadell, speaking from a military counterintelligence prison in Venezuela's capital, asks his daughters in Louisiana whether they've gone to church and says he plans to spend his Sunday doing pushups to keep his body...

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

Trump says he might extend deadline in US-China talks

Feb. 15, 2019 12:50 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump said that "there's a possibility" he would extend a March 2 deadline in trade talks with China if the two countries are closing in on a deal. Trump made the remarks after two days of high-level negotiations broke up in Beijing Friday, and the two countries announced...

The Latest: Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Feb. 14, 2019 11:36 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:25 p.m. The president of Colombia says China's role in Latin America would be stronger if the Asian country recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president instead of...