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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...

AP FACT CHECK: Undocumented GOP, Dem rhetoric on immigration

Feb. 23, 2019 10:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political fallout from President Donald Trump's push for his border wall is giving rise to overwrought rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats alike. Trump, as he has so often done, claimed progress on the wall that isn't borne out by what's going on along the border. In the...

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...

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

Feb. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination again, a decision that will test whether he can still generate the progressive energy that fueled his insurgent 2016 campaign. "Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump," the...

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...

Inside the battle to host the 2020 Democratic convention

Feb. 19, 2019 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders in three major cities are in a last-minute scramble to win the 2020 Democratic National Convention, an event that could funnel millions of dollars into the local economy and put them at the center of the political world for one week next summer. Democratic National Committee...