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September 21, 2018 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evangelical activists want Republican leaders to act more forcefully to send Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, expressing skepticism about the decades-old allegations of sexual assault levied against the federal judge. The political flashpoint is playing out only weeks before...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Sunday, April 22, 2012, Maria Butina, a gun-rights activist poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia. Russian woman Maria Butina has been jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent, and her father, Valery Butin, told Rossiya TV on Friday Sept. 21, 2018, that the U.S. authorities have eased her prison regime, that jeopardized her health. (AP Photo/Pavel Ptitsin, File)
September 21, 2018 - 3:02 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The father of a Russian woman jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent said Friday that the U.S. authorities have eased her prison regime. Maria Butina has pleaded not guilty to the charges and Russia has...
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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
September 21, 2018 - 1:29 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit, the political divorce between Britain and the rest of the European Union (all times local): 6:30 p.m. EU Council President Donald Tusk says he remains convinced that a Brexit compromise that is "good for all, is still possible." His comments come a day after a...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement on Brexit negotiations with the European Union, at 10 Downing Street, in London, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The British government on Friday accused the European Union of slamming the handbrake on Brexit negotiations, after the bloc said Prime Minister Theresa May's blueprint was unworkable. A rattled May insisted that her plan was the only one on the table — and that Britain was prepared to walk away from the EU without a deal if it was rejected. ( Jack Taylor/Pool Photo via AP)
September 21, 2018 - 1:26 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an "impasse" in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound plunging as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared. With British...
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People walk past a giant poster that shows Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, right, and his running mate Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, ahead of Sunday's elections in Male, Maldives, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Yameen's only contender in Sunday's election is longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, backed by former President Mohamed Nasheed who is now living in exile in neighboring Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
September 21, 2018 - 11:26 am
MALE, Maldives (AP) — As election officials made final preparations for nationwide elections in the Maldives, the European Union said it is not sending observers because the country has failed to meet the basic conditions for monitoring. In the capital, Male, pink and green campaign banners hung in...
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Mariska Hargitay attends the NBC 2018-2019 season casts party at The Four Seasons Restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
September 21, 2018 - 10:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariska Hargitay believes "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence but says there's still more work to do. The star of the NBC drama spoke as "SVU" celebrated its 20th season at the Tribeca TV Festival on Thursday...
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Preparations are made at the Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, ahead of Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Lithuania. Pope Francis heads to Europe's northeastern peripheries this weekend to celebrate the faith in three Baltic countries amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
September 21, 2018 - 10:44 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet...
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September 21, 2018 - 10:00 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two members of Congress are calling on Google to address concerns that YouTube might violate children's privacy. Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Democrat, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, sent a letter this week to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for more...
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September 21, 2018 - 8:29 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Women's rights groups in Portugal reacted angrily Friday to a court's suspended sentence for two men found guilty of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who had passed out drunk at a night club. The Women's Alternative and Response Union said in a Facebook post it was...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits as he is introduced during an event at the Library of Congress in Washington. When Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in the fall of 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. “It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters now is what you do here,” Thomas recounted in his 2007 memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.”(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
September 21, 2018 - 8:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Clarence Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. "It doesn't matter how you got here. All that...
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