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US 'concerned' over misused funds allegations at UNAIDS

Apr. 17, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government has expressed concern about allegations of misused funds at the U.N.'s AIDS agency after a report by The Associated Press this week revealed ongoing financial and sexual misconduct problems at the agency. In a statement late Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said the...

Russia demands US release mom convicted of taking her kids

Apr. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Russia is demanding that the U.S. release a Russian citizen who was convicted of kidnapping for moving her children from the U.S. to Russia amid a divorce. Bogdana Alexandrovna Osipova, who is referred to by her married name of Mobley in court documents, was convicted in Kansas last...

Ivanka Trump promotes women's empowerment in Ethiopia

Apr. 14, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Far from the din of Washington, Ivanka Trump toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia on Sunday while promoting a White House global economic program for women. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis Ababa. It...

Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects

Apr. 13, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such infrastructure. He issued a new permit for Keystone XL and insisted this exercise of presidential authority was not...

Evangelical group says 3 US volunteers detained in Laos

Apr. 13, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three American volunteers for a U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization have been detained in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, the group said. Vision Beyond Borders, based in Casper, Wyoming, said in a statement late Friday that the three, whom it identified only by the names Wayne,...

Hillary Clinton: Assange must 'answer for what he has done'

Apr. 11, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange needs to "answer for what he has done," Hillary Clinton said on Thursday. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state weighed in on Assange while at a speaking event with her husband, former President Bill Clinton....

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Apr. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The latest on developments in Sudan (all times local): 1:20 a.m. Friday The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-essential U.S. government workers to leave Sudan, following the Sudanese military's ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after months of escalating public protests against his...

Assange, Ecuador had relationship akin to a testy telenovela

Apr. 11, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Ecuadorians who granted him asylum had the ups and downs of a telenovela. Once close allies, the silver-haired Australian and leaders of the South American nation grew increasingly embittered as feuds emerged over...

Sen. Gillibrand calls Hillary Clinton 'a role model for all'

Apr. 9, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said Tuesday that her relationship with Hillary Clinton is strong and that Clinton had given her advice about her 2020 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Gillibrand, appearing at a town hall televised by CNN, fielded questions about her...

The Latest: Gillibrand: I've gotten 2020 advice from Clinton

Apr. 9, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (all times local): 10:55 p.m. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says that her relationship with Hillary Clinton is strong and that the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has given her advice about her own presidential...