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The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
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January 17, 2020 - 7:48 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state's capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists. The Virginia Supreme Court's decision came a day after gun-rights groups...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo specialist Meric Greenbaum, center, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 17, 2020 - 7:53 am
Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes were broadly higher, while markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed with gains,...
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A currency trader talks on the phone at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Asian shares have retreated as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
January 15, 2020 - 7:56 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1% higher to 7,632, while the CAC 40 in Paris was down 0.2% at 6,028. In Germany, the DAX lost 0.2...
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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is surrounded by reporters at the European parliament Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Britain, France and Germany have launched action under the Iran nuclear agreement paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran's attempts to roll back parts of the deal, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
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January 14, 2020 - 2:05 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also starting a process that could bring back punishing U.N. sanctions on Tehran. The three...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 14, 2019, file photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China’s exports rose 0.5% in 2019 despite a tariff war with Washington after growth rebounded in December on stronger demand from other markets. Exports to the United States fell 12.5% compared with 2018 after a 14.5% contraction in December, customs data showed Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
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January 14, 2020 - 6:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday welcomed a U.S. decision ahead of the signing of a trade deal with Beijing to drop it from a list of governments accused of manipulating the value of their currencies to gain an unfair advantage in trade. Just two days ahead of the planned signing of the interim...
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In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, Iranian police officers take position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. Online videos purported to show Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)
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January 13, 2020 - 8:31 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Popular anger swelled Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government's attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy, as online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests...
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A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Asian stocks have risen as investors shrug off weaker-than-expected American jobs data and look ahead to the signing of a U.S.-China trade deal. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia all advanced. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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January 13, 2020 - 7:33 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Monday ahead of the signing of an interim U.S.-Chinese trade pact and as concerns about U.S.-Iranian tensions eased. Indexes in Europe were mixed after Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea finished higher. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday...
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Rubble and debris are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)
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January 13, 2020 - 7:16 am
AIN AL-ASAD BASE, Iraq (AP) — U.S. troops were clearing rubble and debris on Monday from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq, days after it was struck by Iranian ballistic missiles. The Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq’s western Anbar province is a sprawling complex about 180...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane which crashed as authorities work at the scene in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iran announced Saturday, Jan. 11, that its military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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January 11, 2020 - 6:02 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility of information provided by senior officials, who for three...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, participate in a briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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January 11, 2020 - 12:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on four U.S. embassies. Just hours...
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