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Sharply divided House approves Dems' impeachment rules

Nov. 1, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats swept a rules package for their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump through a divided House Thursday, as the chamber's first vote on the investigation highlighted the partisan breach the issue has only deepened. By 232-196, lawmakers approved the procedures they'll...

Democrats set stage for approval of impeachment ground rules

Oct. 30, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats set the stage Wednesday for certain House approval of the ground rules lawmakers will use when they consider impeaching President Donald Trump as the chamber braced for its first showdown over the inquiry. There was no doubt that the Democratic-controlled body would approve the...

What's next: House investigators summon Bolton to testify

Oct. 30, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent. A quick...

GOP stands by Trump, gingerly, after diplomat's testimony

Oct. 24, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They pleaded ignorance, saying they'd not read the diplomat's damning statement. They condemned the Democrats' tactics as unfair. They complained that the allegations against President Donald Trump rested on second- or third-hand evidence. Wednesday was a day of careful counterargument by...

What's new: Lawmakers call diplomat's testimony 'disturbing'

Oct. 22, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry . House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent. A quick...

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in Havana. As...

Papua New Guinea police seeking to arrest ex-PM O'Neill

Oct. 15, 2019 3:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea police said Tuesday they were seeking the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption but the former leader of the South Pacific island nation was refusing to cooperate. But Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported from Port Moresby that O'Neill...

Eritrean soccer players who defected say they live in fear

Oct. 12, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

PALERMO, Italy (AP) — Soccer gave Mewal Tesfai Yosief hope in an authoritarian nation, a job in a country of forced military conscription and, possibly, freedom at last. After scoring two goals for Eritrea's national under-20 soccer team during a tournament in Uganda late last month, Mewal defected with...

Retiring Republicans show no signs, yet, of fleeing Trump

Oct. 11, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans eager for a united GOP front will be eyeing retiring lawmakers for signs of cracking as Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump heats up. So far, there's no indication that the retirees are about to crack. Party leaders got a positive signal this week from...

Israel's election highlights secular-religious divide

Sep. 20, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she's sick of his...