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Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

Dec. 16, 2018 9:18 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved. President...

Romania party boss calls rival's comment on EU post treason

Dec. 16, 2018 3:51 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The leader of Romania's ruling party has asked a party colleague to press charges against the country's president for saying Romania wasn't prepared to assume the European Union's rotating presidency. Social Democratic Party chairman Liviu Dragnea alleged Sunday that President...

Scope of investigations into Trump has shaped his presidency

Dec. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination. Less than two years into Trump's presidency, his business associates, political...

Indiana governor says passing hate crime law 'long overdue'

Dec. 15, 2018 4:45 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. "It's not only the right thing to do, it's long overdue," Holcomb...

Brazilian president orders extradition of Cesare Battisti

Dec. 14, 2018 5:27 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's outgoing President Michel Temer signed a decree Friday ordering the extradition of an Italian communist militant convicted of murder in his home country. The decree was signed one day after Supreme Federal Tribunal Justice Luiz Fux ordered the arrest of Cesare Battisti and said...

Utah senator says he regrets 'irresponsible' Trump remarks

Dec. 14, 2018 5:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is backtracking after saying this week that he wasn't concerned that prosecutors have implicated President Donald Trump in a crime. The Republican senator said in a statement that he spoke "imprudently" in a CNN hallway interview Tuesday. He said the interview was...

From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018

Dec. 14, 2018 12:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous administration and a political thriller by former President...

Indian court rejects probe into Rafale fighter jet deal

Dec. 14, 2018 11:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Friday rejected petitions by activists seeking a probe into the government purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there was no reason to doubt the government's decision-making process in the multibillion dollar deal. The...

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

Dec. 13, 2018 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a simple defense Thursday to accusations he broke campaign finance law by directing attorney Michael Cohen to orchestrate hush-money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs: He was following terrible advice from a bad lawyer. "I never directed Michael...

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

Dec. 13, 2018 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun-rights activist admitted Thursday that she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors....