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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows an injured man sitting inside a Civil Defense van after airstrikes hit near Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the five-hour pause in eastern Ghouta was preceded by a barrage of airstrikes in the towns of Harasta and Douma, where Syrian troops and allied militia trying to push ahead with a ground offensive on a number of fronts from the east and west clashed with local insurgent groups. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 9:55 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The five-hour daily pauses in fighting in Syria's embattled eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus laid out under a "unilateral" plan by Russia are not enough to take in aid or evacuate civilians, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday. Jan Egeland also said the U.N. Security Council...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2017 file photo, a soldier on his way to the Defence Ministry in Berlin, Germany. Germany’s dpa news agency reports that a Russian-backed hacker group has infiltrated the German government’s secure computer networks. Dpa cited unnamed security sources Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 saying the group APT28 hacked into Germany’s foreign and defense ministries, and that it managed to steal data. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 9:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — A cyberattack on German government computer systems thought to have been committed by a Russian-backed hacking group is ongoing and may have caused "considerable damage," members of parliament's intelligence oversight committee said Thursday. News of the hack broke Wednesday with a...
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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows an injured man sitting inside a Civil Defense van after airstrikes hit near Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the five-hour pause in eastern Ghouta was preceded by a barrage of airstrikes in the towns of Harasta and Douma, where Syrian troops and allied militia trying to push ahead with a ground offensive on a number of fronts from the east and west clashed with local insurgent groups. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 8:50 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding Syria (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The United Nations envoy for Syria is insisting that a government-led assault on eastern Ghouta must not devolve into a "copycat" of the bloody siege on northern Aleppo in late 2016. U.N. and other aid officials...
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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows an injured man sitting inside a Civil Defense van after airstrikes hit near Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the five-hour pause in eastern Ghouta was preceded by a barrage of airstrikes in the towns of Harasta and Douma, where Syrian troops and allied militia trying to push ahead with a ground offensive on a number of fronts from the east and west clashed with local insurgent groups. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 8:49 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding Syria (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The United Nations envoy for Syria is insisting that a government-led assault on eastern Ghouta must not devolve into a "copycat" of the bloody siege on northern Aleppo in late 2016. U.N. and other aid officials...
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FILE - This April 25, 2017 file photo shows an Exxon service station sign in Nashville, Tenn. U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil has said on Thursday, March 1, 2018 it will withdraw from its joint venture with Russia’s state-controlled Rosneft amid expanded U.S. and European sanctions against the country. Exxon Mobil had signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, in 2011 that would drill in the country’s Arctic waters. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
March 01, 2018 - 8:43 am
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil says it will withdraw from its joint venture with Russia's state-controlled Rosneft due to U.S. and European sanctions against the country. Exxon Mobil had signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil producer, in 2011 that aimed to drill in difficult...
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FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, people shop at the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Va. On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Commerce Department issues its January report on consumer spending. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
March 01, 2018 - 8:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending just 0.2 percent in January, while their incomes jumped because of last year's tax cuts. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the modest spending increase followed gains of 0.4 percent in December and 0.8 percent in November. Incomes rose 0.4...
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In this aerial image taken Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica (Saint Mary of Health) on the Grand Canal in Venice, northern Italy, is covered by a blanket of snow as freezing weather from a Siberian cold snap persists in large part of the country. (Lumina Film Bauer Palace via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 8:11 am
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the wintry weather hitting Europe (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Macedonia's government has urged employers to exempt pregnant women and people aged over 60 from work for a day due to the freezing conditions. The lowest temperature in Macedonia on Thursday was minus 18...
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March 01, 2018 - 8:00 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's inquiry into decades of child abuse says the government must pay compensation to 2,000 people who were sent overseas as children to countries where many met harsh conditions, neglect and abuse. More than 100,000 poor children were sent to then-British colonies including...
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In this Oct. 18, 2016, photo, Chairman and CEO of DICK'S Sporting Goods Edward W. Stack poses for a photo as he visits a new store at the Baybrook Mall in the Houston. Stack is issuing a letter Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, about his decision to end the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines at stores. (Photo by Scott Dalton/Invision for DICK'S Sporting Goods/AP Images)
March 01, 2018 - 7:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The rift between corporate America and the gun lobby is growing. Retail heavyweights Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods have taken steps to restrict gun sales. That follows moves by several other major corporations, including MetLife, Hertz and Delta Air Lines, that have cut ties...
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Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
March 01, 2018 - 7:14 am
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday boasted of new nuclear weapons and set a series of ambitious goals for Russia, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address. The televised speech was timed to...
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