Government and politics

February 13, 2020 - 2:04 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, received a papal blessing and said the two discussed prospects for a “more just and fraternal world." Da Silva posted photos of the encounter on his Twitter and Facebook accounts...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Putin said the changes in the constitution he proposed would only take effect if approved in a nationwide vote. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
February 13, 2020 - 1:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power. Putin raised the idea of constitutional...
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February 13, 2020 - 1:22 pm
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's autocratic president has fired his longtime security chief, a man widely seen as one of the most influential officials in the Central Asian nation. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov's decree published Thursday in the government's newspaper Neutral...
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February 13, 2020 - 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former law clerk said she was repeatedly sexually harassed by the prominent federal judge she worked for, the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, and that the judiciary's new system for reporting misconduct remains inadequate. The former clerk, Olivia Warren, said in congressional...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Oct. 12, 2011, an alpinist heads down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 meters; 12 605 feet), towards the Vallee Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps, near Chamonix. French President Emmanuel Macron declared the battle against climate change and environmental destruction to be "the fight of the century" Thursday Feb. 13, 2020 after visiting a melting glacier in the Alps. (AP Photo/David Azia,File)
February 13, 2020 - 12:55 pm
PARIS (AP) — France’s leader called the battle against climate change and environmental destruction “the fight of the century” Thursday after visiting a melting glacier in the French Alps. But President Emmanuel Macron’s tour of the Mer de Glace glacier and an ice cave carved into it near the...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Associated Press
February 13, 2020 - 12:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daytona International Speedway is going to be a little more crowded than usual for the annual Daytona 500 on Sunday. President Donald Trump will attend NASCAR's season-opening race, White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday. “Daytona International Speedway has been privileged...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined at left by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and other congressional Democrats, holds an event about their resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 13, 2020 - 12:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex. "There is no expiration date on equality,'' said...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 photo, canvassers with Engage Texas, a political super PAC, seek to sign up voters while set up outside a driver's license office in San Antonio, Texas. With their base not expanding and their margins of victory getting thinner, Texas Republicans have begun spending big on finding more conservatives to vote. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
February 13, 2020 - 11:59 am
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — It's normal to target new voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Think volunteers holding clipboards at street festivals, malls or outside grocery stores. Democrats in Texas have made it a perennial focus, hoping they can end decades of losses by rousing more voters to the polls...
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British lawmaker Sajid Javid Chancellor of the Exchequer walks along Downing Street in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts. Johnson was aiming to tighten his grip on government after winning a big parliamentary majority in December's election. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union in January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
February 13, 2020 - 9:54 am
LONDON (AP) — U.K. Treasury chief Sajid Javid unexpectedly resigned on Thursday after resisting a reduction in his power, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to tighten his grip on the government with a Cabinet shake-up. Javid had been widely expected to keep his job — the second most powerful...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, boards a plane as he departs on a multi-country trip, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)
February 13, 2020 - 9:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy priorities stand at pivotal moments as two high-level national security officials head to an annual security forum in Germany. Strains in the trans-Atlantic relationship have cast doubt on whether they can count on much help from...
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