Government and politics

March 25, 2019 - 12:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong businessman has been sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of paying bribes to the presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska sentenced Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, once Hong Kong's...
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In this Feb. 16, 2019 photo, guests wait for groom Juan Jose Pocaterra and his bride Maria Fernanda Vera to arrive to their destination wedding in Acarigua, Venezuela. The wedding guests included wealthy landowners, opposition politicians and a former student leader who nearly lost an eye during an anti-government protest. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
March 25, 2019 - 11:43 am
ACARIGUA, Venezuela (AP) — It was the sort of celebration that's become rare in troubled Venezuela: a lavish destination wedding of two young entrepreneurs at a dude ranch on the country's vast tropical plains, a region known for its rugged cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle — and where camps...
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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand in formation at a ceremony to mark their defeat of Islamic State militants in Baghouz, at al-Omar Oil Field base, Syria, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
March 25, 2019 - 10:52 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S-backed Syrian fighters who drove the Islamic State from its last strongholds called Monday for an international tribunal to prosecute hundreds of foreigners rounded up in the nearly five-year campaign against the extremist group. The administration affiliated with the Kurdish-...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, marijuana plants grow indoors at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness in Cranbury, N.J. After more than a year of negotiations, mostly behind closed doors, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders said Tuesday March 12, 2019, they've agreed on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 25, 2019 - 10:12 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A vote to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey is hours away, but the governor and legislative leaders are still courting lawmakers. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly have scheduled votes Monday on the legislation backed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, but its...
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A firefighter inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding six people, including one moderately, an Israeli rescue service said, in an eruption of violence that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
March 25, 2019 - 10:02 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local): 4 p.m. The U.N. Mideast envoy has condemned the firing of a rocket from Gaza into Israel. Nickolay Mladenov called the overnight strike, which wounded seven people, "absolutely unacceptable." He...
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Thailand's Palang Pracharat Party leader Uttama Savanayana, left, looks on as he prepares to hold a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, March 25, 2019. The Election Commission announced the results of 350 constituency races but full vote counts, which are needed to determine the allocation of 150 other seats in the House of Representatives, won’t be available until Friday. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
March 25, 2019 - 8:59 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party that based on unofficial results won the most votes in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup said Monday it will try to form a government, after a rival party also claimed it had the right to govern. The conflicting claims following Sunday's election...
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Helen Jones poses for a photo in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 23 ,2019. (AP Photo/Lindsay Whitehurst)
March 25, 2019 - 8:49 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first glimpse into the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election did little to mend a gaping American political divide. The four-page summary of Robert Mueller's probe released by Attorney General William Barr didn't satisfy many who wanted...
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Displaced families, victims of Cyclone Idai, eat lunch at the Samora Machel Secondary School which is being used to house victims of the floods in Beira, Mozambique, Sunday March 24, 2019. The death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the cyclone storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Phill Magakoe)
March 25, 2019 - 8:15 am
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities in Mozambique say that with a key road open to the badly damaged city of Beira, conditions on the ground improving and more international help arriving, vital aid to those hit by Cyclone Idai should now flow more freely. Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above...
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A firefighter inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding six people, including one moderately, an Israeli rescue service said, in an eruption of violence that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
March 25, 2019 - 7:40 am
KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The World Health Organization has delivered medical supplies to the Gaza Strip to address the blockaded territory's growing trauma and emergency care needs. The organization...
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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, right, arrives at Government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, March 26, 2019. A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power, helped by an electoral system tilted in the military's favor.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
March 25, 2019 - 7:28 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party that based on unofficial results won the most votes in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup said Monday that it would try to form a government, after a rival party also claimed it had the right to govern. The conflicting claims following Sunday's...
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