Government and politics

In this image provided by military personnel, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly car bombing at a police academy on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Bogota, Colombia. (AP Photo)
January 17, 2019 - 12:10 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — At least nine people were killed and another 10 injured in a car bombing at a Colombian police academy in Bogota on Thursday, recalling the high-profile attacks associated with bloodiest chapters of the country's guerrilla and drug conflicts. The scene outside the General...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building in New York. Cohen is acknowledging that he paid a technology company to falsely improve Trump’s standing in two online polls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 17, 2019 - 12:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer is acknowledging that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls. Michael Cohen tweeted Thursday that "what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump. Technology company owner John...
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A TSA worker helps passengers at the Salt Lake City International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The government shutdown has generated an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. In Salt Lake City, airport officials treated workers from the TSA, FAA and Customs and Border Protection to a free barbecue lunch as a gesture to keep their spirits up during a difficult time. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 17, 2019 - 12:07 pm
TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized — but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday...
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A unidentified relative is helped by Red Cross workers as she grieves after visiting the morgue in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Extremists stormed a luxury hotel complex in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group al-Shabab. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
January 17, 2019 - 10:42 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan bomb disposal experts on Thursday found and safely detonated an explosive left over from the deadly extremist attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex, and the Kenya Red Cross said no one appeared to be missing after it had checked nearly 100 reported cases. The Kenyan...
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January 17, 2019 - 10:35 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's army intelligence have detained a man on suspicion that he crossed into Lebanon from Israel, a military official said Thursday. The country's state news agency said the detainee is a U.S. citizen. Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war and each bans its citizens from...
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January 17, 2019 - 9:56 am
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports that he had been kidnapped by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday. The ministry said Kirk Woodman's body was...
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Some of the people arrested during protests over the hike in fuel prices, arrive to make their magistrates court appearance in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Jan, 17, 2019. A Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says in a statement that pastor and activist Evan Mawarire who is among the more than 600 people arrested this week has been charged with subverting a constitutional government amid a crackdown on protests against a dramatic fuel price increase.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
January 17, 2019 - 9:46 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting...
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attend an official welcome ceremony prior to their talks in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
January 17, 2019 - 9:05 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Amid a lavish welcome, Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia on Thursday in a show of the Russian president's support for the Balkan country's populist leader and his pro-Moscow policies. Putin landed at Belgrade airport after his presidential plane was escorted over Serbian...
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FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo dawn arrives at the Capitol in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who sought unemployment benefits last week, a figure likely to be inflated by applications from federal employees who aren't working because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 17, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department said Thursday that is double the number of federal workers who sought aid in the previous week...
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North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, right, prepares to leave the Beijing International Airport in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Kim arrived in Beijing on Thursday, reportedly en route to the United States for talks ahead of a possible second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Kyodo News via AP)
January 17, 2019 - 6:34 am
BEIJING (AP) — A senior North Korean official arrived in Beijing on Thursday, reportedly en route to the United States for talks ahead of a possible second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief, arrived at Beijing's airport and...
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