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Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department

Oct. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a "total professional" with unparalleled experience. Trump acted quickly, just a day after Perry told the president that he would leave by...

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Mozambique braces for 'ill-tempered and nasty' election

Oct. 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. The southern African nation of nearly 30 million people has a strategic...

Energy executive pushed by Perry padded his military record

Oct. 11, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and gas industry executive that Energy Secretary Rick Perry recommended as an adviser to the Ukrainian government exaggerated his military credentials, according to U.S. veterans who said he scrubbed the false information from online profiles after learning they were investigating...

Former North Carolina Secretary of State Faulkner dies at 87

Oct. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Funeral services are being held this weekend for the first woman to serve as North Carolina's secretary of state. Janice Faulkner died on Tuesday at a retirement community in Greenville at age 87. Sister-in-law Joyce Hardison said on Friday that Faulkner had been in declining health...

Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal

Oct. 8, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not politics. This...

Wisconsin Senate confirms 5 of Evers Cabinet secretaries

Oct. 8, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet secretaries won unanimous confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday, while the majority of the Democratic governor's selections remain in limbo nearly a year after they began work. The Senate confirmation votes were the first for any...

Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal

Oct. 7, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not politics. This...

Sri Lanka court allows candidate to keep citizenship

Oct. 4, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a case seeking the cancellation of the citizenship of presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa, clearing the way for him to register as a candidate. Gotabaya, a brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a front-runner in the Nov. 16...

In Italy, Pompeo can't escape Washington impeachment furor

Oct. 2, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo visited the Colosseum, he held a news conference on Wednesday with his...