Government and politics

February 12, 2018 - 7:42 am
CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says "it's too early to tell" if recent signs of overture between North and South Korea at the Olympics mean that a genuine political process is beginning. Speaking Monday in Cairo during a weeklong visit to the Middle East, he said it's clear that...
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Personnel work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed Sunday near Moscow, killing everyone aboard shortly after the jet took off from one of the city's airports. The Saratov Airlines regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport en route to Orsk, a city some 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) southeast of Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
February 12, 2018 - 7:08 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Emergency teams combed the snowy fields outside Moscow on Monday, searching for debris from a crashed Russian airliner and the remains of the 71 people aboard it who died. The An-148 twin-engine regional jet bound for Orsk in the southern Urals went down minutes after taking off from...
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In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, shakes hands with North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam as Kim Yo Jong, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, watches after a performance of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra at National Theater in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Presidential Blue House via AP)
February 12, 2018 - 6:18 am
When an NBC Olympics analyst irritated South Koreans over the weekend by crediting Japan for helping the country step toward the future, he waded into an intricate web of friendship, unease and outright enmity among Northeast Asia's four nations — the two Koreas, Japan and China — and the United...
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FILE - A July 29, 2015 file photo shows the sign on a branch of Barclays Bank in London. British prosecutors have charged Barclays Bank Plc with illegally providing a $3 billion loan to Qatar as it sought an investment that helped the bank avoid a government bailout at the height of the financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office on Monday Feb. 12, 2018 charged Barclays' operating unit with unlawful financial assistance for giving the loan to Qatar Holding LLC in 2008 “for the purpose of directly or indirectly acquiring shares in Barclays Plc.’’ (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
February 12, 2018 - 6:13 am
LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors have brought another charge against Barclays over its 2008 deal to give Qatar a loan that was then used to invest in the bank and save it from a government bailout. The Serious Fraud Office on Monday charged Barclays' operating unit with unlawful financial...
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February 12, 2018 - 3:41 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history...
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February 12, 2018 - 2:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a hazmat team was called to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport when a damaged MRI machine started releasing hazardous gases. The Port Authority police union says the MRI machine was in transit at a cargo building Saturday evening when it somehow became damaged and...
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February 12, 2018 - 12:07 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York state lawmakers are urging their fellow legislators not to pass a state budget without including new rules for political ads on social media. Sen. Todd Kaminsky of Long Island and Assemblyman James Skoufis of Woodbury have scheduled a press conference Monday at the...
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February 12, 2018 - 12:06 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for the homeless say there are more people living in shelters across New York state than ever before and they're calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do more to address the problem. Homeless New Yorkers will join state lawmakers and advocates Monday at the Capitol to bring...
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A performer from the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 12, 2018 - 12:02 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There are some Brazilians who probably aren't finding much to enjoy in Rio de Janeiro's colorful Carnival parades — the mayor, the governor and the president. An anti-establishment tone is echoing through this year's celebrations in Brazil. And Sunday night's parade at Rio's...
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Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks at the National Press Club in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Rudd committed Australia to reducing the difference in life expectancies between Aboriginal and non-indigenous people on Feb. 13, 2008, when he made a historic apology to Australia's indigenous minority for past injustices. Rudd told the National Press Club of Australia on Monday that the conservative governments of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his predecessor Tony Abbott had failed to maintain funding for overcoming disadvantage. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
February 11, 2018 - 11:30 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian prime minister who a decade ago set an ambitious timetable for ending indigenous disadvantage has blamed a lack of government funding for slow progress. Kevin Rudd committed Australia to reducing the difference in life expectancies between Aboriginal and non...
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