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Brexit Party shifts tactics, won't challenge Tories

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) - Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage changed course Monday, announcing that his party would not challenge Conservative candidates in nearly half of the U.K.’s districts, a tactical move that may make it easier for pro-Brexit forces to…

icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [08:05 PM]

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Monday 11/11/2019
Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports U.S. national
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [08:04 PM]

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured…

As ruling nears, immigrant fights for anti-deportation act
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [08:03 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - A Mexican immigrant fighting President Donald Trump’s attempt to end a program shielding young immigrants from deportation says he is nervous about the case finally being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Martín Batalla Vidal is…

Sunday 11/10/2019
Bolivian president resigns
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [07:32 PM]

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation Sunday under mounting pressure from the military and the public after his re-election victory triggered weeks of fraud allegations and deadly protests. The decision came after a day…

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of U.K. vote
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [07:30 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube. Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous…

Members of Mormon community doubt they'll ever return to Mexico
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [07:28 PM]

PHOENIX (AP) - A Utah man who helped get his mother and other family members safely out of northern Mexico after nine people were killed in an apparent ambush said Sunday that most fled to Arizona with whatever they could…

Friday 11/08/2019
'No ambiguity': Takeaways from Ukraine transcripts
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [07:13 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two White House officials described tensions and frustrations among some of the nation's top diplomats as President Donald Trump, backed by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, pressured Ukraine to investigate Democrats. In closed-door transcripts released by House…

US officials identify 'strong culprit' in vaping illnesses
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [07:10 PM]

AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a "very strong culprit." The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken…

Stay or go? US residents of Mexico town torn after 9 killed
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [07:09 PM]

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) - U.S. citizens living in a small Mexican farming community established by their Mormon ancestors are trying to decide whether they should stay or leave after burying some of the nine American women and children slaughtered…

Trump pushes back on reports US will remove China tariffs
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [03:04 PM]

AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official's assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it's imposed on Chinese goods. The Chinese official said Thursday that…

Student's death plunges Hong Kong into night of grief and fury
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:44 PM]

Special to The Washington Post HONG KONG - The death of a Hong Kong student Friday following a police operation unleashed a wave of anger and heralded a new phase in five months of confrontations between authorities and demonstrators calling…

Iraqi spiritual leader warns of 'great risks' from protests
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:36 PM]

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more than 250 people dead, saying the country…

Thursday 11/07/2019
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:10 PM]

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have alleged. A complaint unsealed Wednesday…

Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:10 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during his July phone conversation with Ukraine’s president in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats,…

Slayings of Americans show drug war worse this time around
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:09 PM]

MEXICO CITY (AP) - There was a time when the violence of Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war shocked Americans, but barely touched them. This time around - like everything else about the country’s renewed cartel conflict - it’s worse. The slaughter…

Wednesday 11/06/2019
Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [03:04 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats on Wednesday released the transcript of a closed-door interview of a key State Department witness who recounted to Congress his "clear understanding" that military aid was withheld from Ukraine in exchange for a pledge by…

Beshear starts transition while Bevin seeks vote recanvass
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [03:02 PM]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat Andy Beshear turned his focus toward transitioning into the Kentucky governor's office as Republican incumbent Matt Bevin asked for a recanvass of vote totals, one day after election results showed Bevin trailing by several thousand…

Virginia governor making plans for his new Democratic legislature
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:59 PM]

The Washington Post RICHMOND, Va. - Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam used a Cabinet meeting Wednesday to showcase all he expects to get done with a state government under Democratic control for the first time in a generation. Northam, still buoyant…

Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:32 PM]

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of…

FBI arrests Puerto Rico senator, 7 more in corruption probe
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:25 PM]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - FBI agents arrested Puerto Rico Senator Abel Nazario and seven other people early Wednesday as part of an investigation into corruption in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the suspects include former…

Tuesday 11/05/2019
Nine Americans dead after drug cartel ambush in northern Mexico
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [08:02 PM]

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering six children and three women - all U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico - in a grisly attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled…

Tusk rules out challenge to Duda for Polish presidency
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [08:00 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - European Union leader Donald Tusk announced Tuesday that he won’t run to be the president of his native Poland, saying he carries too much “baggage” from his time as prime minister. Tusk, who was prime minister…

Diplomat Sondland revises testimony on Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:59 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a striking reversal, a top diplomat revised his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry to acknowledge that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the foreign ally promised to investigate corruption as President Donald…

Medical issues dominate first day of Roger Stone trial
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:57 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The trial of Roger Stone, the flamboyant former confidant of President Donald Trump, kicked off Tuesday amid a host of medical issues involving both the defendant and a spectator. Shortly after jury selection began, the courtroom had…

Monday 11/04/2019
At least five dead in new clashes in Iraq
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [09:10 PM]

BAGHDAD (AP) - Anti-government protesters crossed a major bridge in Baghdad on Monday, approaching the prime minister’s office and the headquarters of Iraq’s state-run TV, as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least five demonstrators and…

Former envoy to Ukraine says she was warned she was being targeted
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [09:09 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Laying out the anatomy of a chilling smear campaign, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators that Ukrainian officials warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other allies of President Donald Trump were…

NYPD commissioner to step down
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [09:05 PM]

New York City’s police commissioner is retiring after three years in charge of the nation’s largest police department, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. James O’Neill, 61, will be replaced by Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, the mayor said. O’Neill’s…

Sunday 11/03/2019
Attacker stabs several, bites man's ear as Hong Kong boils
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [08:35 PM]

HONG KONG (AP) - A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government…

Whistleblower willing to take written questions
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [08:34 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans. The surprise offer, made to Rep. Devin Nunes,…

Crews make progress on large Southern California wildfire
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [08:33 PM]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities lifted evacuation orders for a farm community Saturday as firefighters make progress on a large wildfire in Southern California that continues to threaten about 2,500 homes and buildings. Ventura County officials allowed an unknown number…

Friday 11/01/2019
Fire crews take advantage of calmer weather in California
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [02:41 PM]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Calmer weather allowed crews to increase containment of wildfires after a three-week siege of gusts fanned blazes across California and led utilities to cut power to prevent winds from blowing branches into electric lines and igniting…

Trade body: China can hit US with sanctions worth $3.6 billion
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [02:35 PM]

GENEVA (AP) - The World Trade Organization said Friday that China can impose tariffs on up to $3.6 billion worth of U.S. goods over the American government's failure to abide by anti-dumping rules with regard to Chinese products. The move…

Iraqis defy crackdown to hold biggest protests yet
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [02:11 PM]

BAGHDAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis massed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago, defying security forces that have killed scores of people and harshly criticizing Iran's involvement…

Nigel Farage demands Johnson ditch Brexit deal to forge election pact
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [02:10 PM]

Bloomberg Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage threatened to field candidates in every constituency in the Dec. 12 election if Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuses to abandon his divorce deal with the European Union and commit to a clean break. Speaking…

Thursday 10/31/2019
Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [06:15 PM]

BRUSSELS (AP) - With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program meant…

Survivors say burning train took 20 minutes to stop, 74 dead
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [06:14 PM]

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) - A raging fire swept through a train in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab Province on Thursday killing 74 people and survivors said afterward it took nearly 20 minutes for the train to stop amid contradictory reports about the…

Senate passes $209B in spending bills
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [06:11 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing imperils broader Capitol Hill efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth…

Democrats push impeachment rules package through House
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [06:10 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats pushed a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump through a sharply divided House Thursday, the chamber’s first formal vote in a fight that could stretch into the 2020 election year.…

Wednesday 10/30/2019
Johnson, Corbyn trade blows as they gear up for U.K. election
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [03:15 PM]

Bloomberg Boris Johnson and his arch rival Jeremy Corbyn traded attack lines in their first face-to-face clash of the U.K.’s general election campaign. The prime minister called for the poll on Dec. 12 as a way to break the deadlock…

Chile scraps Asia-Pacific and climate summits amid protests
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [02:53 PM]

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured…

Former Juul exec alleges company shipped tainted products
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [02:17 PM]

AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A Juul Labs executive who was fired earlier this year is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped 1 million tainted nicotine pods to customers. The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by…

Trump pick for Russia envoy grilled by senators on Ukraine
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [02:09 PM]

AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The No. 2 official at the State Department faced off Wednesday with senators demanding to know why he didn't know more about the Trump administration's backchannel diplomacy with Ukraine and the dismissal of the…

Tuesday 10/29/2019
Brexit headed for national vote on Dec. 12
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:58 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Britons will be heading out to vote in the dark days of December after the House of Commons on Tuesday backed an early national vote that could break the country’s political impasse over Brexit - or turn…

Unable to resolve crisis, Lebanese prime minister resigns
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:57 PM]

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon’s prime minister resigned Tuesday, bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after baton-wielding Hezbollah supporters rampaged through the main protest camp in Beirut, torching tents, smashing plastic chairs and chasing away protesters.…

Russia says Kurds have left Syrian border area
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:55 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia’s defense ministry said Tuesday that tens of thousands of Syrian Kurdish fighters have completed their withdrawal from areas along the Syrian border, in line with a recent Russia-Turkey deal. Separately, a Russian military statement said an…

House Democrats move impeachment inquiry forward
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:54 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled legislation authorizing the next phase of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, as Democrats move to nullify complaints from Trump and his Republican allies that the impeachment process is illegitimate and…

Latest impeachment witness has an only-in-America success story
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:52 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviet-era immigrant who became a wounded warrior and later a White House aide saw it as his “sacred duty” to speak up. Now Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a 20-year Army officer assigned to the National Security…