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This Feb. 21, 2019 photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Jussie Smollett. Police say the "Empire" actor turned himself in early Thursday to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
February 21, 2019 - 6:35 pm
Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett...
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In this Jan. 25, 2019 photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks at the State Department in Washington. Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. will not move to ease economic sanctions on North Korea until it is confident that the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang has been “substantially reduced.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will not move to ease economic sanctions on North Korea until it is confident that the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang has been "substantially reduced," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Pompeo didn't elaborate, but his comment seemed to leave open...
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Activists in Poland pull down a statue of a prominent deceased priest, Father Henryk Jankowski, who allegedly abused minors sexually, in Gdansk, Poland, on Thursday Feb. 21, 2019. The activists said it was an act of protest against the Polish Catholic Church for failing in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope Francis has gathered church leaders from around the world at the Vatican to grapple with the church's sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Bartek Sabela/Gazeta Wyborcza)
February 21, 2019 - 5:48 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland pulled down a statue of a priest early Thursday after increasing allegations that he sexually abused minors, a stunt they said was to protest the failure of the Polish Catholic Church to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope...
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Policemen are seen behind barbwire placed to secure the Parliament building as opposition supporters gather to participate in an anti-government rally in capital Tirana, Albania, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2019. Albania’s opposition supporters have surrounded the parliament building Thursday, asking for the resignation of the government which they allege is corrupt. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
February 21, 2019 - 5:20 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition surrounded the parliament building Thursday and demanded the government step down, claiming it's corrupt and has links to organized crime. Hundreds of police and rolls of barbed wire are protecting the parliament...
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Former Afghan Cabinet Minister Ismail Khan, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Herat province, western of, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. A powerful political leader, who was previously tapped by some to lead Afghanistan’s negotiating team with the Taliban, warned Afghanistan’s president Wednesday against squandering an opportunity to find a peaceful settlement to the country’s latest war that is now into its 18th year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
February 20, 2019 - 2:27 pm
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The...
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This March 20, 2018 photo provided on Jan. 3, 2019 by Italian senator Valentino Perin, shows the senator, right, posing for a photo with then North Korean diplomat Jo Song Gil on the occasion of a cultural event with the Veneto region at a restaurant in San Pietro di Felletto, near Treviso, northern Italy. Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 that Italy is investigating whether the 17-year-old daughter of former North Korean diplomat Jo Song Gil was forcibly returned to Pyongyang as her parents apparently tried to defect. (Valentino Perin via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 12:00 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy is investigating if the daughter of a former North Korean diplomat posted to Italy had been forcibly returned to Pyongyang after her parents disappeared in an apparent defection, the Italian foreign minister said Wednesday, as lawmakers and rights activists demanded to know what...
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attend a joint news conference after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
February 20, 2019 - 11:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that British Foreign Minister...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. The Democrat-led House oversight committee launched an investigation Tuesday into whether senior officials in President Donald Trump’s White House worked to transfer nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia as part of a deal that would financially benefit prominent Trump supporters. The proposal was pushed by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in early 2017, but it has remained under consideration by the Trump administration despite concerns from Democrats and Republicans that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if the U.S. technology was transferred without proper safeguards. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 19, 2019 - 11:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration. Lawmakers from both...
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February 19, 2019 - 9:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in the corruption case against former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock. The Republican resigned from Congress in 2015 amid scrutiny of his lavish spending. That included redecorating his Capitol Hill office in the style of the "...
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February 19, 2019 - 8:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former New York congressman unseated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to work for a powerhouse lobbying firm. The firm, Squire Patton Boggs, is announcing Tuesday that Joseph Crowley is joining its global public policy practice. Crowley, a Democrat, spent 20 years on...
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