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Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says

Feb. 19, 2019 5:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration. Lawmakers from both parties...

High court won't take case of ex-Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

Feb. 19, 2019 10:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in the corruption case against former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock. The Republican resigned from Congress in 2015 amid scrutiny of his lavish spending. That included redecorating his Capitol Hill office in the style of the "Downton...

Brother of Iran's president goes on trial for corruption

Feb. 19, 2019 8:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The trial has begun for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother and close confidante, who faces corruption allegations brought by hard-liners who dominate the country's judiciary. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Hossein Fereidoun, who was on the team that negotiated...

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

Feb. 19, 2019 4:42 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic...

Honduran lawmaker loses seat for defamation conviction

Feb. 18, 2019 9:20 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran lawmaker was stripped of her seat in Congress on Monday after being convicted last month of defaming and slandering a local banker. The court sentenced Maria Luisa Borjas of the opposition Libre party to serve two years and eight months in prison, but she can avoid...

Trudeau's top adviser resigns while denying wrongdoing

Feb. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigned Monday while denying allegations that he pressured Canada's former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company. Principal Secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau's closest adviser and best friend since...

Brazil president fires key aide linked to corruption scandal

Feb. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has officially dismissed his key aide in charge of dealings with congress, days after a newspaper linked him to a corruption scandal involving phony candidates and the misuse of campaign funds. Government spokesman Otavio Rego Barros didn't say...

Opposition lawmakers plan to leave Albania's parliament

Feb. 18, 2019 11:01 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's center-right opposition party says its 33 lawmakers plan to resign from parliament over alleged corruption and inefficiency of the country's Socialist government. Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha said Monday the parliamentary group decided to hand in their mandates....

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an...

Zimbabwe opposition official convicted of false declaration

Feb. 18, 2019 7:35 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court has convicted prominent opposition politician Tendai Biti for announcing that his party's leader won disputed elections held in July. Biti was on trial for "unofficial and false declaration of results" and Magistrate Gloria Takundwa fined him $200 for the offence....