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Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism

Jan. 19, 2019 2:07 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers say the Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being freed after the country's president relented on a requirement he renounce radical beliefs. Abu Bakar Bashir had previously been ineligible for a parole because...

Number of 2020 bids by women buoys gender equality advocates

Jan. 19, 2019 2:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. For many activists, that means a Democratic field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of...

20 years later, Libby's asbestos fight goes on

Jan. 19, 2019 2:05 AM EST

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — The bleak world of asbestos science is tinged with subtle hues of gray and white, barely perceptible shadows that don't strike the untrained eye as anything abnormal. But for those whose lives and careers are defined by the hundreds of people sick and dying in this tiny mountain...

Gillibrand, in Iowa, highlights family, children issues

Jan. 19, 2019 1:56 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is meeting Iowa Democrats on her first foray into the early presidential testing ground, and defending her role in bringing down former Sen. Al Franken. Gillibrand continues her first trip Saturday to the leadoff caucus state since announcing the...

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Jan. 19, 2019 1:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is still...

Attack on Buddhist temple in southern Thailand kills 2 monks

Jan. 19, 2019 1:28 AM EST

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police say gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents have stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others. The Friday night attack in Narathiwat province is the latest in a recent upsurge of violence in the area, which since 2004 has been...

The shutdown today: Trump plans major announcement

Jan. 19, 2019 1:27 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 29: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump said he'll be making a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week. The White House declined to provide...

The Latest: US, North Korea plan 2nd round of talks

Jan. 19, 2019 1:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-North Korea talks (all times local): 9:30 p.m. South Korea says it expects the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be "a turning point in firmly establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula." Yonhap News Agency...

Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit

Jan. 19, 2019 1:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump's 90-minute meeting...

The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

Jan. 19, 2019 1:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an Iranian TV anchor detained in the U.S. (all times local): 3:05 p.m. According to partially unsealed federal court documents, a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who has been jailed in the U.S. has not been accused of any crime. Marzieh...