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Trump July 26 call mostly focused on rapper, Sondland says

Nov. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland says a July cellphone call with President Donald Trump “primarily discussed” rapper A$AP Rocky, who was imprisoned in Sweden earlier this year. Sondland told a House impeachment inquiry into Trump on Wednesday that testimony from U.S. diplomat...

UN Security Council members oppose US on Israel settlements

Nov. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members have rebuked the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. They’re stressing that the settlements are illegal and undermine a potential two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...

Thunberg, Cameroon peace activist receive children’s award

Nov. 20, 2019 2:13 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Greta Thunberg, a young activist who has gone from staging school strikes to scolding world leaders about their climate change inaction, was awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on Wednesday, along with Cameroon peace campaigner Divina Maloum....

Sondland’s opening statement at House impeachment hearing

Nov. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Text of the opening statement by Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, to the House Intelligence Committee at an impeachment hearing Wednesday. The statement was released by the committee: Thank you Mr. Chairman for the opportunity to speak again to the Members of this...

Stocks slide on Wall Street over new trade war concerns

Nov. 20, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Stocks moved broadly lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday as investors turned anxious about the possibility that the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year. A published report suggested a “phase one” trade pact may not be completed this year as negotiators continue...

Freeland named deputy prime minister in Trudeau new cabinet

Nov. 20, 2019 2:06 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his new cabinet and Chrystia Freeland is moving from foreign affairs to become deputy prime minister. Freeland will still oversee Canada-U.S. relations and the new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico that still needs to be...

Malta arrests exec, apparently linked to journalist slaying

Nov. 20, 2019 2:06 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese authorities arrested a prominent businessman Wednesday who appears to be a “person of interest” in the assassination of a prominent investigative reporter on the Mediterranean island. Yorgen Fenech was on a yacht heading north from Malta that was intercepted by...

Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says

Nov. 20, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine at the “express direction” of President Donald Trump and pushed for a political “quid pro quo” with Kyiv because it was what Trump wanted....

Prison officers testify during hearing in inmate escape

Nov. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EST

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate charged with killing a corrections administrator before he escaped a prison was seen riding a tractor outside a lawn mowing shop at the facility about a half-hour before a search for him began, prison officers testified Wednesday. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before a...

Road-safety regulator rapped over regulating autonomous cars

Nov. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles. The nation’s top transportation safety investigator said Tuesday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t give...