Political defections

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, The United Nations Security Council votes to pass a new sanctions resolution against North Korea during a meeting at U.N. headquarters. Some experts say North Korean Kim Jong Un may ask Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting set to take place in Vladivostok on Thursday, April 25, 2019, to voice strong opposition to the sanctions, enforce them less stringently and send humanitarian food aid to North Korea. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
April 23, 2019 - 10:42 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country's already-struggling economy...
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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2019 fie photo shows a view of North Korea's embassy in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s February raid on North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid has been arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. A person familiar with the matter tells the Associated Press that former U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn was arrested and charged Friday, April 19, 2019. The specific charges against Ahn were not immediately clear.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
April 20, 2019 - 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group's February raid on North Korea's Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, United Socialist Party of Venezuela lawmaker Hugo Carvajal speaks during an interview at the National Assembly administrative offices, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s longtime spy chief was arrested Friday, April 12, 2019 in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a United States warrant for the alleged trafficking of tons of cocaine. Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez and headed the country’s security apparatus, recently became the most influential military figure to declare his loyalty to opposition leader Juan Guaidó.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
April 12, 2019 - 3:50 pm
MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's longtime spy chief was arrested Friday in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a United States warrant for allegedly trafficking tons of cocaine. Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez and headed the country's security...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by her wife Jessica Kibodeaux shows Lindsey Muller and her dog Emma, hiking in the Cheyenne Mountains west of Fort Carson, Colo. Decorated Army helicopter pilot Lindsey Muller, who started openly identifying as a woman in 2016, says she and others like her feel demoralized by the Trump administration policy that will go into effect Friday, April 12, 2019, barring transgender people from the military unless they "correct those deficiencies," a description the American Medical Association said Thursday is unfair and defies science. (Jessica Kibodeaux via AP, File)
April 11, 2019 - 7:11 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Trump administration regulation set to go into effect Friday bars transgender people from the military unless they "correct those deficiencies," a description the American Medical Association said Thursday is unfair and defies science. The AMA told The Associated Press on...
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FILE - This Wednesday, March 13, 2019 file photo shows a general view of North Korea's embassy in Madrid, Spain. The 10 people who allegedly raided the North Korean Embassy in Madrid last month belong to a mysterious dissident organization that styles itself as a government-in-exile dedicated to toppling the ruling Kim family dynasty in North Korea. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
March 31, 2019 - 2:41 am
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Sunday it wants an investigation into a raid on its embassy in Spain last month, calling it a "grave terrorist attack" and an act of extortion that violates international law. The incident occurred ahead of President Donald Trump's second summit with leader Kim Jong Un...
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This Wednesday, March 13, 2019 photo show a general view of the North Korea's embassy in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday March 13, 2019. A Spanish court is accusing an American, Mexican and South Korean part of a 10-strong group that led an attack on the North Korean Embassy in February, saying the FBI was offered stolen data. National Court judge Jose de la Mata on Tuesday, March 26 lifted a secrecy order, announcing it had found evidence of various crimes, including trespassing, injuries, threats and burglary committed by "a criminal organization." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
March 26, 2019 - 7:44 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spain has issued at least two international arrest warrants for members of a self-proclaimed human rights group who allegedly led a mysterious raid at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid last month and offered the FBI stolen data from the break-in. A National Court judge who lifted a...
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President Donald Trump looks at notes as he speaks about border security in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. Trump issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 15, 2019 - 9:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting an effort by Congress to block the emergency declaration he had used to try to...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 14, 2019 - 7:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall (all times local): 7:55 p.m. A dozen defecting Republicans have joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The...
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives in the Senate where she has said she will vote for a resolution to annul President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 14, 2019 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both...
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President Donald Trump listens during a briefing on drug trafficking at the southern border in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Washington. Trump said during the event the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately," in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 13, 2019 - 11:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An eleventh-hour rescue mission by Republican senators to stave off an awkward defeat for President Donald Trump on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, and to protect themselves from a politically dicey vote opposing him, seemed to collapse Wednesday...
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