Government and politics

December 08, 2017 - 3:48 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Efforts to prosecute the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four co-defendants are stalled in part over a lingering issue Americans haven't yet resolved: torture. Interrogators at secret CIA prisons repeatedly slammed Ammar al Baluchi's head against walls,...
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Eric John Vital, 12, holds his vaccination record as he joins other protesters at a rally outside the Department of Health to demand accountability to government officials involved in the controversial immunization of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to more than 700,000 Filipino children Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The controversial vaccine, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur was put on hold by the Philippines last week after new study findings showed it posed risks of severe cases in people without previous infection. The controversy has prompted the Philippine Senate to conduct an investigation. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
December 08, 2017 - 3:43 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the...
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Members of parliament, from left, Cathy McGowan, Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 2:26 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay marriage in Australia became a law Friday as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled...
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Members of parliament, from left, Cathy McGowan, Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 2:23 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay marriage in Australia has become a law as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to...
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A man walks by a screen showing the price of bitcoin in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. South Korean is studying ways to regulate speculative trading in crypto currencies as the latest surge in prices stokes a craze over bitcoins. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 08, 2017 - 1:54 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean is studying ways to regulate speculative trading in crypto currencies as the latest surge in prices stokes a craze over bitcoins. The country's financial regulator said Friday that it has ruled out using bitcoin for derivative products. The decision...
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December 08, 2017 - 1:21 am
PARIS (AP) — The United States says it will voice support for Lebanon's "sovereignty, stability and independence" during a gathering of world diplomats in Paris. Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others plan to attend Friday's meeting hosted by France...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 08, 2017 - 1:15 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with top European Union officials to make a final push to expand talks on her country leaving the bloc to the vital issues of future relations and trade. May arrived in Brussels early Friday to meet with European Commission President...
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December 08, 2017 - 12:27 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean is studying ways to regulate speculative trading in crypto currencies as the latest surge in prices stokes a craze over bitcoins. South Korea's financial regulator said Friday that it ruled out using bitcoin for derivative products. The decision effectively...
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In this video grabbed image released by the San Diego Fire Department Strike Team @SDFD shows a row of homes burning in the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif. A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of trailer homes in a retirement community and killing race horses at an elite training facility. (San Diego Fire Department via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 10:37 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A California wildfire tore through a training center for elite race horses in San Diego County, killing some while others were able to sprint to safety. There was no official count of animals killed in...
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Steve Andruszkiewicz waters down his beach house as the sun is visible through thick smoke from a wildfire at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 07, 2017 - 9:29 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Fire officials say at least 439 homes and other buildings have burned in a wildfire northeast of Los Angeles. The wind-whipped blaze has burned nearly 180 square miles (466 square kilometers) in Ventura...
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