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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pauses during a news conference in the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Northam is under fire for a racial photo that appeared in his college yearbook. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 03, 2019 - 4:15 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office Sunday amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it. The Democrat's...
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Robert Biedron addresses the founding convention of his new centre-left party "Wiosna" (Spring), in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
February 03, 2019 - 2:33 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A former lawmaker who is openly gay launched a progressive party in Poland ahead of two elections this year, presenting a program Sunday that includes phasing out coal production and liberalizing the abortion laws. At an inaugural convention in Warsaw, Robert Biedron announced...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, upon his arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Francis travelled to Abu Dhabi to participate in a conference on interreligious dialogue sponsored the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, an initiative that seeks to counter religious fanaticism by promoting a moderate brand of Islam. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)
February 03, 2019 - 1:50 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community. Francis earlier Sunday called for...
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FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include a new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. The high court is expected to decide in the next few days whether Louisiana can begin enforcing a law requiring doctors who work at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. It was passed in 2014, but has never taken effect. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 03, 2019 - 1:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The outcome of a fight over a Louisiana law regulating abortion providers could signal whether a fortified conservative majority on the Supreme Court is willing to cut back on abortion rights. The high court is expected to decide in the next few days whether the state can begin...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017 file photo, French secretary of state for women's rights Marlene Schiappa delivers a speech in Chassieu, near Lyon, central France. Twelve women, journalists and witnesses go on trial Monday Feb. 4, 2019, for alleged defamation of prominent French lawmaker Denis Baupin after their accusations of sexual misconduct forced his resignation, although Baupin denied any misconduct, and Marlene Schiappa has said she would not specifically comment on the case because it's up to justice to decide. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
February 03, 2019 - 1:27 pm
PARIS (AP) — A former French lawmaker's defamation lawsuit against six women who accused him of sexual misconduct and four journalists who reported the allegations goes to trial Monday in what some fear illustrates a backlash against the #MeToo movement. Nearly 1½ years before allegations against...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass with members of religious institutions on the occasion of the celebration of the XXIII world day of consecrated life in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 03, 2019 - 1:17 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Pope Francis has been greeted by Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival to the Arabian Peninsula. A young boy and girl...
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, speaks to supporters at a nationwide demonstration demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Flanked by his wife Fabiana Rosales, Guaido said humanitarian assistance will begin flowing into the crisis-wracked country within the next few days, despite the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
February 03, 2019 - 12:23 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro's government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home. Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say...
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FILE - This June 2018 file photo shows protesters walking along Montana Avenue outside the El Paso Processing Center, in El Paso, Texas. A hunger striker who is being force fed in an immigration detention center says three times a day he is being dragged out of his cell, and strapped to a table so that he can be force-fed through a nasal tube. The man is among a group of nine detainees in the El Paso facility who immigration officials acknowledged Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, are being hydrated and fed against their will under court orders. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)
February 03, 2019 - 12:02 pm
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed there are now nine men — up from six earlier this week — being force-fed under court order in a detention center in El Paso. One of the hunger strikers, a 22-year-old man from India who called The Associated Press on Friday, described being...
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February 03, 2019 - 5:51 am
PARIS (AP) — A French soprano who says she was sexually assaulted by conductor Charles Dutoit is protesting his return to the stage in Paris. Anne-Sophie Schmidt is one of 10 women in three countries who say they were assaulted, harassed or in one case raped by Dutoit. She issued a statement Sunday...
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FILE - In this Tuesday July 15, 2014, file photo, an Immigrant who was detained at the border is held inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, in an area for juveniles 14 and under. The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who were separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. The position outlined in a court-ordered response to a government watchdog report on a practice that drew widespread criticism last year. (Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
February 02, 2019 - 9:04 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human...
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