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Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it

Aug. 13, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it.

Egyptian lawyer: Senior Brotherhood leader dies in prison

Aug. 13, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A senior leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Cairo prison where he had been serving a 25-year sentence, his lawyer said. The attorney, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, said Essam el-Erian, 66, had been behind bars since 2013, following the...

Justice Department seizes millions from cryptocurrency accounts used by Islamic State, al-Qaida and Hamas wing

Aug. 13, 2020 11:16 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department seizes millions from cryptocurrency accounts used by Islamic State, al-Qaida and Hamas wing.
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US jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high

Aug. 13, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the viral pandemic intensified five months ago, yet still remains at a high level. The latest figures show that the pandemic keeps forcing layoffs just as the expiration of...

Associated Press editor Michael Warren's car sits next to a fold-out toilet seat and a pop-up changing tent at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Florida on July 25, 2020. Warren considers these two items essential to long-distance road trips in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Warren)

VIRUS DIARY: Have toilet seat, will travel

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People said we were crazy. We said we’d be careful. Maybe so, my doctor-uncle warned, but it would only take one moment of carelessness to get infected — one time finding ourselves too close to unmasked people. Others raised eyebrows in Zoom calls, silently judging...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Slovenia's Foreign Minister Anze Logar shake hands after signing an agreement on fifth-generation internet technology as Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa stands at center, in Bled, Slovenia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Pompeo is on a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction. (Jure Makovec/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo, in Slovenia, pushes 5G security, warns about China

Aug. 13, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BLED, Slovenia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Slovenia on Thursday to make the case for high-speed wireless networks that bar Chinese companies like Huawei. On the second leg of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe, Pompeo met with Slovenian officials in the mountain lake...

President Donald Trump attends a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

Aug. 13, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. The announcement makes the UAE the...

President Donald Trump attends a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump: Widespread mail-in voting hard without funding USPS

Aug. 13, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also...

Trump says United Arab Emirates, Israel to open diplomatic ties in deal halting planned annexation of Palestinian land

Aug. 13, 2020 10:51 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Trump says United Arab Emirates, Israel to open diplomatic ties in deal halting planned annexation of Palestinian land.
Belarusian women carry flowers on a rally in solidarity with protesters injured in the latest rallies against the results of the country's presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Hundreds of people were back on the streets of Belarus' capital on Thursday morning, forming long

Thousands in Belarus form 'lines of solidarity' in protest

Aug. 13, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of people swarmed the streets of Belarus’ capital and other cities Thursday to keep up their protests of election results that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and a subsequent police crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. In...