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Amazon decision a win for Democrats' rising left wing

Feb. 15, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing "economic transformation" to combat climate change. Gleefully...

Report: Far right tried to influence Bavarian election

Feb. 15, 2019 9:25 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Far-right groups engaged in concerted social media campaigns to influence last year's election in the German state of Bavaria by promoting the Alternative for Germany party and smearing its opponents, according to a study published Friday. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based...

In Hebron, Palestinians patrol in place of foreign monitors

Feb. 15, 2019 6:55 AM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Following Israel's expulsion of an international observer force from the volatile West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian activists are trying to fill the void by launching their own patrols to document alleged Israeli settler violence. Armed with video cameras and donning blue...

The Latest: Arlington says it's sticking to its Amazon plans

Feb. 14, 2019 8:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the decision by Amazon to dump New York City as a location for a new headquarters (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Arlington, Virginia, doesn't expect its plans to build a new Amazon headquarters to change, even though Amazon has scuttled a plan to build a headquarters in New...

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence

Feb. 14, 2019 7:27 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and other schools across the U.S. bowed their heads in a moment of silence and took part in volunteer projects Thursday to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives. But for many Parkland students, the tragedy was...

Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

Feb. 14, 2019 12:56 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An autopsy shows that a Kenyan rights activist, missing for six days before her body was discovered in a city morgue, died from a botched abortion. Many had feared that Caroline Mwatha's disappearance and death had to do with her work at the Dandora Social Justice Center which has...

Democrats to launch new voter database with Dean at the helm

Feb. 13, 2019 5:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is declaring a major victory ahead of the 2020 presidential election, with the help of one of his most well-known predecessors. Howard Dean, the one-time presidential candidate, former Vermont governor and ex-DNC chairman, is set to head a...

Rights groups hail arrest of 3 Syrian torture suspects

Feb. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday hailed the arrests in Europe of three suspects in bloody secret police crackdowns on Syrian opposition activists, including a senior figure in the Syrian security service alleged to have run a facility where detainees were systematically tortured. The Tuesday...

Activists: More than 200 IS fighters surrender in east Syria

Feb. 13, 2019 3:03 PM EST

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants, many of them foreigners, surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, bringing the Kurdish-led force closer to taking full control of the last remaining area controlled by the extremists, a Kurdish official and...

Activists: Sudan police arrest 14 academics in protests

Feb. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's security forces arrested more than a dozen academics who joined a protest outside Khartoum University in the Sudanese capital, calling for embattled President Omar al-Bashir to step down, activists said Wednesday. Sudan has been gripped by nationwide protests since Dec. 19. The...