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December 27, 2017 - 12:38 pm
ZAITSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted a massive prisoner exchange Wednesday, the largest such trade of captives since the start of the conflict and a sign of visible progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal. Separatists from the...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, a view of the bridge in construction for the planned high speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, near Latrun, Israel. Israel's transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to extend Jerusalem's soon-to-open high speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a future station after President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
December 27, 2017 - 12:13 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem's Old City, passing near sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims — and ending at the Western Wall with a station named after President Donald Trump. Yisrael Katz's plan,...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, a view of the bridge in construction for the planned high speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, near Latrun, Israel. Israel's transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to extend Jerusalem's soon-to-open high speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a future station after President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
December 27, 2017 - 10:44 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem's Old City, passing near sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims — and ending at the Western Wall with a station named after President Donald Trump. Yisrael Katz's plan,...
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December 27, 2017 - 8:44 am
ZAITSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels began a prisoner exchange in the country's east Wednesday, the first major trade of captives from their conflict this year. Separatists from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic bused 16 prisoners to a government-...
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Artists of the Golden Circus perform in front of Pope Francis during his weekly general audience, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
December 27, 2017 - 8:16 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Circus acrobats performed for Pope Francis during his weekly audience, in what has become a regular feature of the Vatican holiday season. A pair of acrobats dressed as lumbering polar bears announced the performance during the weekly audience Wednesday at the Pope Paul VI hall...
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December 27, 2017 - 7:41 am
ZAITSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels have begun a landmark prisoner exchange in the country's east. In the first major prisoner exchange in months, separatists from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic bused 16 captives to the no-man's land on Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, former U.S. President Barack Obama, center left, and Britain's Prince Harry watch wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 that he felt serene the day he left the White House despite the sense that much important work remained unfinished. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
December 27, 2017 - 5:59 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHY TRUMP'S APPALACHIAN SUPPORTERS STILL BACK HIM Trump's backers cheer on his controversial fights with the media and establishment politicians. They say they feel like he's fighting for them...
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FILE- In this Aug. 10, 2017 file photo, a construction worker walks in front of the St. Nicholas National Shrine in New York. Work on the Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza has been temporarily suspended by the construction company. It comes amid financial difficulties and questions over how funds have been managed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 27, 2017 - 2:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how donations have been managed. The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza was to...
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FILE- In this Aug. 10, 2017 file photo, a construction worker walks in front of the St. Nicholas National Shrine in New York. Work on the Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza has been temporarily suspended by the construction company. It comes amid financial difficulties and questions over how funds have been managed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 27, 2017 - 2:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Construction has been temporarily suspended on a Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. A statement on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America says the stoppage was ordered by the construction company. Construction company Skanska USA said Tuesday...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 26, against the Defense Department, saying many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership weren't reported to the national background check system. A Defense Department failure allowed a disgraced former Air Force member to buy a high-powered rifle and shoot 26 people to death at the church. (Jay Janner/The San Antonio Express-News via AP, File)
December 26, 2017 - 9:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. cities suing the Department of Defense (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A Pentagon official says he can't comment on a lawsuit filed by three large U.S. cities that says the military failed to properly use the national background check system for guns. New York City,...
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