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Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording

Nov. 20, 2019 8:55 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Colombia’s ambassador in Washington was embarrassed Wednesday by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. The Colombian newspaper Publimetro posted the recording...

Drive behind occupation of Alcatraz lingers 50 years later

Nov. 20, 2019 1:19 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On a chilly November night 50 years ago, a 7-year-old Peter Bratt, his four siblings and their single mother left their San Francisco home for the pier. From there, they joined a group of indigenous activists on a small boat, bobbing in fog and rolling over what felt like tidal...

AP Was There: Native Americans take over Alcatraz Island

Nov. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

On Nov. 20, 1969, dozens of Native Americans took over Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay to demand that the U.S. government recognize longstanding agreements with tribes and turn over the deed to the island. They arrived under the cover of night and vowed to peacefully protest federal policies that sought to...

Border wall fundraiser to seek US approval on Texas project

Nov. 19, 2019 7:01 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The private group that wants to build its own southern border wall next to the Rio Grande in Texas won’t begin construction until the U.S. government certifies the project won’t worsen flooding, the group’s co-founder said Tuesday. We Build the Wall, which was founded by...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

Prince Charles and Camilla begin weeklong New Zealand trip

Nov. 16, 2019 9:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in New Zealand on Sunday for a weeklong trip, during which they plan to visit the city of Christchurch and the historic treaty grounds at Waitangi, where the nation’s founding document was signed. It is the...

Border wall fundraiser claims new construction in Texas

Nov. 15, 2019 9:55 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Claims that a private group has started building its own border wall in South Texas were questioned this week by some longtime residents worried that the construction could cause flooding and violate treaty obligations between the U.S. and Mexico. The organizers of We Build the Wall, a...

Vatican: Pope, Anglican head aim for joint South Sudan trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:45 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and Anglican leader Justin Welby intend to visit South Sudan together if a national unity transition government can be formed in next three months. The pontiff and Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, held talks at the Vatican Wednesday. The Vatican said...

US ‘gravely disappointed’ by South Sudan unity gov’t delay

Nov. 13, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is “gravely disappointed” and will reevaluate its relationship with South Sudan over the failure of its rival leaders to form a coalition government according to the country’s fragile peace accord. President Salva Kiir and...