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  • Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

    The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming. It's expected to propose regulations that give states broad authority to determine how to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan would...

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  • Kentucky governor loses another round in Medicaid fight

    Kentucky's Republican governor has lost another round in a legal fight over his efforts to require poor people to get a job to keep their Medicaid benefits. A federal judge in Kentucky on Monday dismissed Gov. Matt Bevin's lawsuit seeking a ruling that his proposed changes to the state's...

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  • German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten. He was guided at the somber site in southern...

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  • Silicon Valley vet to head women's advocacy group Catalyst

    A former Silicon Valley CEO will lead one of the oldest organizations dedicated to promoting women in the workplace. Lorraine Hariton becomes CEO at Catalyst in an era when the #MeToo movement has ensnared major corporations and, with exit of PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi serving as a...

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  • Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star

    Ugandan police fired bullets and tear gas Monday to disperse a crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed pop star who is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni. There were no deaths in the riots in a downtown market in the capital, Kampala, as the security forces chased...

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  • Pressure builds on Schumer before Kavanaugh meeting

    At least once a week, they assemble in Capitol meeting rooms for an hour-long strategy session. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is a regular attendee, as are some other Democratic senators, a dozen Senate aides and representatives of about 20 liberal organizations. The goal: figuring...

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  • Cambodian king pardons imprisoned land rights activists

    A prominent leader of Cambodia's land rights movement and three female activists imprisoned with her were freed Monday under a royal pardon. The pardon from King Norodom Sihamoni at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen came less than a week after the second anniversary of Tep Vanny's...

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  • Melania Trump addresses federal conference on cyberbullying

    Melania Trump encouraged technology and social media companies Monday to provide more opportunities for young people to share ideas for how to be good citizens online. Pressing forward with an effort to combat youth cyberbullying, the first lady said that while most children are more aware...

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  • MTV launches drive to get young people to vote

    MTV is launching its first-ever midterm election drive to encourage young people to register and vote, hoping fans make voting a communal effort with their friends. The youth-centric network will first publicize the effort Monday at its annual Video Music Awards being held at Radio City...

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  • Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

    Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a Ukrainian human rights activist from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat. Critics are accusing the government of misusing the system to intimidate its opponents. The activist, Lyudmyla...

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  • Iran oil minister: Frances oil giant Total pulls out if Iran

    Iran's oil minister says France's oil giant Total SA has pulled out of Iran after cancelling its $5 billion, 20-year agreement to develop the country's massive South Pars offshore natural gas field over renewed U.S. sanctions. The parliament's website ICANA.ir quoted Oil Minister Bijan...

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  • Born out of the financial crisis, bull market nears record

    The bull market in U.S. stocks is about to become the longest in history. If stocks don't drop significantly by the close of trading Wednesday, the bull market that began in March 2009 will have lasted nine years, five months and 13 days, a record that few would have predicted when the...

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  • Mali constitutional court upholds election results

    Mali’s constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term.

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  • Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

    Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a Ukrainian human rights activist from all 26 countries in Europe’s Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat. Critics are accusing the government of misusing the system to intimidate its opponents.

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  • Driver in British Parliament crash appears in court

    A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain's Parliament has appeared in court on charges of attempted murder. The Metropolitan Police force says 29-year-old Salih Khater faces two charges — attempting to kill police officers, and attempting to kill...

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  • Austria spy agency denies that it’s being frozen out

    The head of Austria’s BVT spy agency is denying that there has been any significant reduction in cooperation with its foreign partners following a misconduct probe that sparked a political storm earlier this year.

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  • German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has visited the former German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a gesture that he said is meant to “keep alive the memory of the incredible atrocities.”

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  • MTV launches drive to get young people to vote

    MTV is launching its first-ever drive to encourage young people to register and vote during a midterm election year.

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  • Bolton tells Netanyahu that Iran nuclear deal was 'wretched'

    President Donald Trump's national security adviser is bemoaning the "wretched" Iranian nuclear deal in his talks with Israel's prime minister. John Bolton told Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States sees the "highest importance" in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons...

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  • US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods

    Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese...

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  • Russian military braces for massive war games in the east

    Russia’s military forces in the country’s east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.

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  • Russia says West hampers aid to Syria, return of refugees

    Russia has accused the West of trying to obstruct return of Syrian refugees to their country and blocking the U.N. assistance for reconstruction efforts.

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  • US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods

    Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese...

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  • South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule

    A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg.

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