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Woman accused of theft from Pelosi's office during riot

Jan. 19, 2021 12:33 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities arrested a woman whose former romantic partner says she took a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Riley June Williams was arrested Monday, according to a Justice Department official....

Abortion rights protestor Jay Lynn, left, argues with anti-abortion advocate Joseph Scheidler as he carries a sign along Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 23, 1996. Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 the organization announced. He was 93. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, file)

Prominent anti-abortion activist Joe Scheidler dies at 93

Jan. 18, 2021 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, the organization announced. He was 93. Scheidler died of pneumonia at his Chicago home, according to Thomas Ciesielka, a spokesman for the group. His oldest son, Eric...

Guatemalan soldiers and police block Honduran migrants from advancing toward the US border, on the highway in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Hundreds of Honduran migrants have awoken tired and hungry after a second night stuck along a rural Guatemalan roadside by police and soldiers who will not let them pass. (AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian)

Guatemala troops, police break up caravan of weary migrants

Jan. 18, 2021 5:21 PM EST

VADO HONDO, Guatemala (AP) — Guatemalan police and soldiers on Monday broke up a group of hundreds of migrants who had spent two nights stuck at a roadblock on a rural highway. Some migrants threw rocks while authorities launched tear gas and pushed the migrants with their riot shields back down the...

2 more Texas men arrested in connection to Capitol attack

Jan. 18, 2021 5:09 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The FBI has arrested two more Texas men for alleged crimes related to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Guy Reffitt was arrested Friday at his home in Wylie, a city about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of downtown Dallas, according to court records. An FBI spokeswoman said Matthew Carl...

Heavy metal guitarist photographed at Capitol riot charged

Jan. 18, 2021 3:18 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A heavy metal guitarist who was photographed with the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and is accused of spraying police officers with a pepper-based bear spray irritant has been arrested, the FBI said. Jon Ryan Schaffer turned himself in Sunday after he was featured on an FBI poster...

Alexei Navalny and his wife Yuliastand in line at the passport control after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Russia's prison service says opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests

Jan. 18, 2021 2:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin's government. The ruling followed a hastily...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, speaks with International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

Jan. 18, 2021 2:22 PM EST

ZURICH (AP) — The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors. The International Ice Hockey Federation cited safety concerns and said it will seek a new country to co-host the tournament with Latvia or host it...

FILE - In this March 12, 2018 file photo, youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. Bernice King is welcomed by Pope Francis on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican. Francis sent a message of prayer Monday to King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, with whom the pontiff met in 2018. He called for unity, not division and extinguishing hatred and “not holding onto it.” (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope says MLK's message of non-violent protest timely now

Jan. 18, 2021 2:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the commemoration of his birthday, saying his message of equality through peaceful means remains more timely than ever. Francis sent a message of prayer Monday to King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, with whom...

FILE - In this Oct.11, 2009 file photo, then Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali waves from his car at a campaign rally in Rades, outside Tunis.  Swiss authorities said Monday Jan. 18, 2021, they are preparing to lift a freeze on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets linked to former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled with his family to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and died in 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Swiss to lift freeze on millions linked to ex-Tunisia leader

Jan. 18, 2021 2:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities are preparing to lift a freeze on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets linked to former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a decade after the longtime autocrat was driven from power in an uprising that set off the so-called “Arab Spring”...

President Faustin-Archange Touadera speaks to the media after casting his vote at the Lycee Boganda polling station in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Touadera and his party said the vote will go ahead after government forces clashed with rebels in recent days and some opposition candidates pulled out of the race amid growing insecurity. (AP Photo)

Court in Central African Republic upholds election results

Jan. 18, 2021 1:57 PM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's constitutional court on Monday upheld President Faustin Archange Touadera’s re-election, raising the specter of more violence days after rebels attempted to overtake the capital. Touadera, meanwhile, told reporters that he was open...