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FILE - This Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 file photo shows a general view of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Sweden's top military commander on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 says a man who duped the Swedish military for 18 years by using forged credentials did not release any information that could harm the Scandinavian country’s security. The Swedish man, who was not named, also worked at NATO headquarters. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, file)

Sweden: Fake officer didn't spy at NATO or hurt security

Jan. 23, 2020 10:18 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man who duped the Swedish military for 18 years by using forged credentials and who even worked at NATO headquarters and was a contact for Russia's security services did not divulge any secret information that could harm Sweden's security, the country's top military commander...

Republican Rep. Matt Shea speaks at a gun-rights rally, where many gathered in support of the embattled lawmaker, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West

Jan. 23, 2020 10:17 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” in a recent report has for years been spreading his anti-government views to other Western states. Republican Rep. Matt Shea is a co-founder of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump aims to remove waterway protections, aiding developers

Jan. 23, 2020 10:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration appears ready to move ahead with its plan to remove protections for some of the nation's millions of miles, streams and arroyos, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes, promised by President Donald Trump in his first weeks in...

Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists

Jan. 23, 2020 10:12 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism, a decision that underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country. The plan to put weapons...

CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: German president expresses sorrow for Holocaust

Jan. 23, 2020 10:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed his “deepest...

Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

Poland to hold final vote on politicians punishing judges

Jan. 23, 2020 10:07 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers are scheduled Thursday to take a final vote on a proposed law that would allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. Proposed by Poland's right-wing ruling party,...

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Democrat looking to unseat Sen. Collins wins key endorsement

Jan. 23, 2020 10:04 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A national organization devoted to electing LGBTQ candidates to public office is endorsing for the U.S. Senate in Maine former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse, a Democrat who wants an opportunity to unseat GOP Sen. Susan Collins. The Victory Fund announced Thursday its endorsement...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, second left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Antonio Guterres, second right, Secretary-General of the United Nations, attend a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Libya's neighbors, global envoys seek solutions to conflict

Jan. 23, 2020 9:59 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond were meeting in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country. The meeting includes foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad,...

Passengers wearing protective face masks enter the departure hall of a high speed train station in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus

Jan. 23, 2020 9:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year travel period. Police, SWAT...

A militia member uses a digital thermometer to take a driver's temperature at a checkpoint at a highway toll gate in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries amid the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Chinatopix via AP)

The Latest: Vietnam sees 1st coronavirus cases from Wuhan

Jan. 23, 2020 9:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China (all times local): __ 2:45 p.m. Vietnam’s Health Ministry says a Chinese father and son, who were hospitalized on Wednesday with fevers, have tested positive with the new coronavirus. It said this marks the first such cases in...