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Trump insists on debunked Ukraine theory, despite testimony

Nov. 22, 2019 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, a day after a former White House adviser called it a “fictional narrative” and said it played into Russia’s hands. Trump called in to “Fox &...

The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t expect to be impeached

Nov. 22, 2019 8:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump says he does not expect to be impeached, claiming Democrats have “absolutely nothing” incriminating, despite days of public testimony by witnesses who...

Israel braces for bitter fight after Netanyahu indictment

Nov. 22, 2019 8:14 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel’s already deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies, Israeli commentators said Friday. The serious corruption charges announced Thursday...

Analysis: Lots of impeachment evidence but one thing missing

Nov. 22, 2019 8:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of riveting public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, there is a mountain of evidence that is now beyond dispute. Trump explicitly ordered U.S. government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to...

Ex-South African leader files leave to appeal in graft case

Nov. 22, 2019 6:53 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has filed notice to appeal a court ruling that cleared the way for him to be prosecuted for corruption. Zuma’s lawyers are arguing in Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to be granted leave to appeal. The court had dismissed his...

Spying scandal won’t darken Russia-Serbia talks _ Kremlin

Nov. 22, 2019 6:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Serbia’s president will visit Russia on Dec. 4 and insists a spying scandal will not cloud it. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that “certain parties would like to darken this event, but we’re sure they will not succeed.” The video,...

Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses

Nov. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House official said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand" seeking investigations of Democrats, stunning testimony that dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment...

NY man gets prison for messages to 2 GOP Congress members

Nov. 21, 2019 9:45 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man convicted of leaving menacing phone messages for two prominent Republican members of Congress was sentenced to five years in prison, prosecutors said Thursday. Bayon last year left voicemails that authorities said crossed the line into threats against Reps. Steve...

The Latest: Atty: Man says messages weren’t meant as threats

Nov. 21, 2019 9:42 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a New York man convicted of leaving menacing phone messages for two Republican members of Congress (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A lawyer assisting a western New York man sentenced to five years in prison for voicemails he left for two Republican members...

Baltimore ex-mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case

Nov. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in...