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Brexit Party not just about Brexit, Farage tells UK voters

Nov. 22, 2019 11:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Dec. 12 vote has been dubbed the “Brexit election,” dominated by the country’s stalled exit from the European Union. But political parties are also trying to win over voters more worried about the U.K.’s stuttering economy and frayed social fabric....

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 11:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday touted news reports that a former FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser in 2016. The Associated Press has confirmed reports by CNN and The Washington Post that the finding is part of a...

Nebraska eases restrictions to address propane shortage

Nov. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is temporarily lifting weight restrictions on trucks carrying propane to address a shortage of heating fuels. State officials have suspended the 90,000-pound gross weight limit for motor carriers hauling critically needed heating fuels through Dec. 15. Lt. Gov. Mike Foley...

Court: Dutch govt doesn’t have to repatriate kids from Syria

Nov. 22, 2019 11:15 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court has overturned a lower court’s order that the government must attempt to bring home children whose mothers traveled to Syria to join Islamic extremist groups. Friday’s decision upheld the government’s appeal against that ruling....

Rabbi who challenged Brazil’s dictatorship dies in Miami

Nov. 22, 2019 11:15 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Rabbi Henry Sobel, a leading human rights activist during Brazil’s military dictatorship, has died of lung cancer in a Miami hospital. Sobel’s family said in a statement the 75-year-old rabbi died Friday morning. Sobel was born in Lisbon to a family of Polish immigrants and...

Mystery grows over Lebanon aid hold-up as impeachment looms

Nov. 22, 2019 11:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team. It’s an assertion of control of foreign aid similar to the delay in support for Ukraine that is at...

Cuba lays out rules governing surveillance, informants

Nov. 22, 2019 11:09 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has publicly laid out the rules governing the extensive, longstanding surveillance and undercover investigation of the island’s 11 million people. A new decree approved by President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Oct. 8 and made public this week says prosecutors can approve...

Maltese police search yacht amid journalist slaying probe

Nov. 22, 2019 11:07 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese police on Friday searched the yacht of a local businessman who is being questioned about the car-bomb slaying of an investigative journalist as the victim’s family presses authorities to find out who ordered the attack. Police searched businessman Yorgen...

Iran internet slowly revives; US sanctions telecom minister

Nov. 22, 2019 11:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the...

Trump says Pompeo would easily win Senate seat in Kansas

Nov. 22, 2019 10:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to open the door on Friday for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. “He came to me and said 'Look, I'd rather stay where I am,' but he loves Kansas, he loves the people of Kansas,” Trump...