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Venezuela constitutional assembly removes chief prosecutor
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A newly installed constitutional assembly ousted Venezuela's defiant chief prosecutor Saturday, a sign that President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government intends to move swiftly against critics and consolidate power amid a fast-moving political crisis. Cries of
UN imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions Saturday to punish North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion — a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last
Plane passenger spots man texting about sex abuse of kids
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sharp-eyed airline passenger spotted another passenger texting about sexually assaulting children, leading officers in California and Washington state to arrest two people and find two young victims, authorities said Thursday. San Jose police said they arrested Michael
US court upends murder conviction of Blackwater contractor
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor, ordering a new trial for the man prosecutors say fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in
Experts: Lack of remorse could bite 'Pharma Bro'
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NEW YORK (AP) — Less than an hour after a U.S. jury convicted Martin Shkreli of securities fraud, the so-called "Pharma Bro" was back at his New York City apartment doing what comes naturally: trash talking in a live-stream on YouTube. The brash former pharmaceutical CEO, who's still out on
All-powerful Venezuelan assembly opens amid protests
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Defying criticism from Washington to the Vatican, Venezuela's ruling party on Friday installed a new super assembly that supporters promise will pacify the country and critics fear will be a tool for imposing dictatorship. The constitutional assembly's first order of
Sessions vows crackdown on leaks of classified information
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged on Friday to rein in government leaks that he said undermine American security, taking an aggressive public stand after being called weak on the matter by President Donald Trump. The nation's top law enforcement official cited no current
Rwanda leader wins 3rd term in vote he called 'a formality'
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KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's longtime President Paul Kagame has easily won a third term in office in what he had called "a formality." He faces another seven years leading the small East African nation praised for its economic performance but criticized for its silencing of
US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday officially told the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact. But the State Department's announcement doesn't formally start the process of the U.S. getting out of the voluntary agreement. That's still
School blast investigators looking at gas meter work
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers may have been moving a gas meter when an explosion tore through a Minneapolis school building this week, killing two people and injuring at least nine others, according to federal investigators. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in
Fire put out at 86-story residential skyscraper in Dubai
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Dubai have reopened the streets around one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers after firefighters put out a blaze that erupted early Friday in the high-rise, forcing residents to evacuate in the middle of the night and sending chunks of
Rwandans vote in presidential election
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KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans are voting in an election that the country's longtime president is widely expected to win. President Paul Kagame is running against Frank Habineza of the opposition Democratic Green Party and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana. There are long queues
Senate panel approves bill to cut off US aid to Palestinians
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a measure to suspend U.S. financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, until it stops rewarding acts of violence against American and Israeli citizens. The Republican-led committee voted 16-5 Thursday in favor of the bill,
Italy's biggest bank sees profits rise under turnaround plan
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MILAN (AP) — Italian bank UniCredit on Thursday said second-quarter profits grew by 3 percent as it undergoes a major turnaround under CEO Jean Pierre Mustier, who was appointed one year ago. Since then, Italy's biggest bank by assets has disposed of its Pioneer investment arm, the Pekao
Study: Just going outdoors could become deadly in South Asia
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Venturing outdoors may become deadly across wide swaths of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh by the end of the century as climate change drives heat and humidity to new extremes, according to a new study. These conditions could affect up to a third of the people living throughout
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