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Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

Feb. 20, 2019 10:45 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hard-line bloc ahead of April elections. Netanyahu's Likud party announced Wednesday it would reserve the 28th spot on its parliamentary list...

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Feb. 20, 2019 9:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first assassination of a...

Colorado Catholic dioceses submit to voluntary abuse review

Feb. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former federal prosecutor will review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses, and the church has agreed to pay an unlimited amount of reparations to victims under a voluntary joint effort undertaken with the help of the state attorney general. The collaborative process...

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

The Latest: Klobuchar takes a 'relative' look at gun laws

Feb. 18, 2019 11:36 PM EST

The Latest on the presidential candidates (all times EST): 11:30 p.m. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says that she comes at gun safety legislation from the perspective of: "Would this hurt my Uncle Dick in the deer stand?" Appearing Monday night at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire, the 2020 Democratic presidential...

Tensions rising after Kashmir attack as gunbattle kills 9

Feb. 18, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions escalated after a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers searched for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there,...

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

Feb. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican's decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for "administering justice" for McCarrick's crimes. Cardinal Sean...

McCarrick's rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

Feb. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the...

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Feb. 16, 2019 6:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement....