Government and politics

A woman looks at a World globe at the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Officials from almost 200 countries are scrambling to reach an agreement at a United Nations climate meeting amid growing concerns that key issues may be postponed for another year. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 14, 2019 - 6:42 am
MADRID (AP) — Countries remained deadlocked Saturday in talks over combating climate change as U.N. talks dragged on beyond the official deadline with no end in sight. Chile's environment minister, Carolina Schmidt, who is chairing the two-week talks in Madrid, urged officials from almost 200...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends a ceremony for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey. On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, a Sudan court convicted al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)
December 14, 2019 - 6:39 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the...
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Newspapers sit on display for sale with their front pages reporting on the general election in a supermarket in south west London, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Friday to heal Britain's divisions over Brexit after his gamble on early elections rewarded him with a commanding majority in Parliament and a new mandate to take his country out of the European Union at the end of January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
December 14, 2019 - 5:39 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was heading to northern England on Saturday to meet newly elected Conservative Party lawmakers in the working class heartland that turned its back on the opposition Labour Party in this week's election and helped give him an 80-seat majority. In a...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, people watch a TV screen showing an image of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea on Saturday, Dec. 14, says it successfully performed another "crucial test" as its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its "reliable strategic nuclear deterrent."The signs read: " North's Tongchang-ri launch site." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
December 14, 2019 - 5:25 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test possibly involved technologies to improve intercontinental ballistic missiles that could...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, a man eats a snack while passing an "I love China" decoration at a popular shopping mall in Beijing. China is putting a positive face on an agreement to start dialing down a trade war that it blames the U.S. for starting. Chinese experts and news media said Saturday that the deal would reduce uncertainty for companies and lay the foundation for further talks. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
December 14, 2019 - 4:40 am
BEIJING (AP) — China put a positive face Saturday on a first-step trade agreement that dials down a trade war it blames the U.S. for starting. Chinese experts and news media joined government officials in saying the deal would reduce uncertainty for companies, at least in the short term. They...
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In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences are seen around a facility in the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. People in touch with state employees in China say the government in the far west region of Xinjiang is destroying documents and taking other steps to tighten control on information. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
December 14, 2019 - 1:25 am
The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities, according to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, a bankruptcy reorganization plan that Pacific Gas and Electric reached just last week with thousands of wildfire victims. Newsom says in a five-page letter to PG&E CEO William D. Johnson that the plan's most important elements are providing safe and reliable power to its customers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 14, 2019 - 12:22 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas & Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation's largest utility into...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, an abortion opponent sings to herself outside the Jackson Womens Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court declared Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
December 13, 2019 - 9:11 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Courtruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District...
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A woman walks past a make-shift memorial for Tessa Majors inside the Barnard College campus, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in New York. Majors, a 18-year-old Barnard College freshman from Virginia, was fatally stabbed in a park near the school's campus in New York City. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 13, 2019 - 8:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday in the stabbing death of a Barnard College freshman who was approached in a park by as many as three youths as she ventured from her New York City campus on the eve of final exams. The boy was arrested on charges including felony murder, City...
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This Thursday, Dec,. 12, 2019 photo provided by the Department of Consumer Affairs shows suspects from Save Greens Cannabis dispensary being taken into custody by law enforcement for operating without a state license in Los Angeles. California regulators mounted two-dozen raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving illicit pot market, officials announced Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Megan Kiefer/Department of Consumer Affairs via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 7:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators mounted dozens of raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving black market, officials announced Friday. The state has been under pressure from California's legal industry to do...
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