Government and politics

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing. The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
September 19, 2020 - 10:45 am
The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday. President Donald Trump has cited concerns about Chinese government snooping as his administration prepares to follow through on executive orders that could make it...
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FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Jawar Mohammed speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the attorney general's office announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)
September 19, 2020 - 10:19 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis poses for photographs with British Bishop Paul Mason, left, as they hold statues of Our Lady of Lujan, the original held at right, and its replica, left, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 19, 2020 - 10:03 am
ROME — Pope Francis is urging political leaders make sure coronavirus vaccines are available to the poorest nations. He says in many parts of the world, there is a “pharmacological marginalization” of those without access to health care. Francis met Saturday with members of an Italian aid group...
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Pro-democracy protesters salute with a three-finger symbol of resistance during a protest during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Protesters gathered Saturday in Bangkok for the most ambitious rally so far in a pro-democracy campaign that has shaken up the government and the country's conservative establishment. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
September 19, 2020 - 9:28 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital on Saturday to support the demands of a student-led protest movement for new elections and reform of the monarchy. Organizers predicted that as many as 50,000 people would take part...
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September 19, 2020 - 8:10 am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A cargo plane crashed Saturday morning at the international airport in Somalia's capital, and the country's transport minister said three of the four crew members on board were injured. Photos from the scene showed the plane's cockpit crushed against a concrete barrier...
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Tear gas fills the air during protests, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The protests, which began over the killing of George Floyd, often result frequent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
September 19, 2020 - 6:27 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters returned to the streets of Portland, Oregon, following a dayslong pause largely due to poor air quality from wildfires on the West Coast. Police declared an unlawful assembly Friday night in a neighborhood near a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building...
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September 19, 2020 - 5:32 am
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Gunfire at a backyard party killed two people and wounded 14 others early Saturday in Rochester, New York, a city that has been roiled in recent weeks by outrage over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude. As many as 100 people were at the gathering when the shooting started...
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A young girl waves a Moroccan and a Palestinian flag during a protest against normalizing relations with Israel, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Despite a government ban on large gatherings aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, scores of Moroccans staged a protest outside parliament building in the capital Rabat on Friday to denounce Arab normalization agreements with Israel. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
September 19, 2020 - 4:35 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Despite a government ban on large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, scores of demonstrators protested outside the Moroccan Parliament to denounce Arab countries agreeing o normalize ties with Israel. Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with...
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Peru's President Martin Vizcarra greets reporters after addressing Congress in Lima, Peru, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Vizcarra’s job is on the line Friday as opposition lawmakers push through an impeachment hearing criticized as a hasty and poorly timed ouster attempt in one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
September 18, 2020 - 10:55 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra survived an impeachment vote Friday night after opposition lawmakers failed to garner enough support to oust the leader as the country copes with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. The decision came after long hours of debate in...
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People take part in a rally protesting against unsafe and inequitable school reopening, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
September 18, 2020 - 9:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that New York City will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks, following closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said Friday. “I feel very confident about that date,” de Blasio...
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