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Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya talks with Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari, during a Security Council meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
April 11, 2018 - 2:06 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Israel's leader that Syria's sovereignty must be respected — remarks that come in the wake of an airstrike this week on Syria that Russia and others have blamed on Israel. The...
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FILE- In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. The Federal Reserve releases minutes from the March meeting of its policymakers on Wednesday, April 11. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 11, 2018 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials at their March meeting, the first under new Chairman Jerome Powell, decided to stick with a gradual approach to rate hikes. But officials also discussed the possibility that the future course of rate hikes could accelerate. The minutes of the Fed's March...
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April 11, 2018 - 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $208.7 billion in March, an increase of more than $32 billion from a year ago as revenues slipped and expenditures climbed. The Treasury Department reports that the February deficit was 18.4 percent higher than a year ago,...
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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, second right, greeting a delegation of Muslim clerics from around the world, who took part in a two-day conference called, "Unity of the Muslim World," in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (SANA via AP)
April 11, 2018 - 1:55 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — With a mix of fear and defiance, Syrians braced on Wednesday for a possible U.S. attack in retaliation to an alleged chemical assault that killed dozens over the weekend. Some stocked up on food and prepared underground shelters while others taunted the U.S. president to go through...
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In this Friday, March 9, 2018 photo, Quinn James appears for a hearing at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. James, charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Michigan girl, is now accused of killing her before she was expected to testify in the rape case. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Wednesday, April 11 that two men, James and Gerald Bennett, are facing charges connected to the death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her partially clothed body was found in January about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from her Grand Rapids home. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
April 11, 2018 - 1:50 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Michigan girl is now accused of killing her while free on bond, preventing her from testifying in the rape case. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Wednesday that two men are facing charges connected to the death of Mujey...
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April 11, 2018 - 1:41 pm
LONDON (AP) — British artist Gillian Ayres, whose abstract works celebrated shape and color, has died at 88. The Alan Cristea Gallery, which represented her, says Ayres died "peacefully" in the hospital Wednesday near her home in southwest England. Gallery-owner Alan Cristea said "as a female...
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April 11, 2018 - 1:39 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is commemorating its Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. The solemn day began Wednesday evening with the main ceremony at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. It is...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2012 file photo, the sun sets over an old Saudi archaeological palace in Al-Diriyah city on the northwestern outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi forces said Wednesday, April 11, 2018 they have intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels, directed at the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
April 11, 2018 - 1:38 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia faced a flurry of attempted attacks by Yemen's rebels on Wednesday, with the kingdom's defense forces saying they intercepted missiles that targeted Riyadh and another city, and drones targeting an airport and an Aramco oil facility in the country's south...
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Dr Christine Blanshard, Medical Director, and Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing, left, make a statement outside the District Hospital in Salisbury, England, Tuesday April 10, 2018, giving an update on the condition of nerve agent poison victims Yulia and Sergei Skripal. Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital Tuesday, "This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone," said Dr. Christine Blanshard, and her Russian father former double agent Sergei Skripal remains in hospital. (Ben Mitchell/PA via AP)
April 11, 2018 - 1:36 pm
LONDON (AP) — The British hospital treating poisoned spy Sergei Skripal on Wednesday accused a Russian TV crew of "appalling behavior" for sneaking into the facility overnight. Footage posted online by British newspapers showed a reporter from the REN TV network walking along corridors at Salisbury...
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April 11, 2018 - 1:35 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's government says it will postpone the deadlines for repayment of a bridge loan to bankrupt national carrier Alitalia while it evaluates offers from three airlines to buy it. The economic development ministry said the government would issue a decree next week to postpone the terms...
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