Government and politics

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, June 21, 2018, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar, right, shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. South Sudan's government says President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to share power in a transitional government in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war. Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth announced the agreement to reporters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum on Wednesday, July 25.(AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)
July 25, 2018 - 1:46 pm
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders have agreed to share power once again in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war, officials announced Wednesday, days after the United States said it was "skeptical" the two men whose rivalry has killed tens of thousands could lead the way...
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July 25, 2018 - 12:21 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eight human rights groups say Kenya's government is violating the rights of nearly 18,000 people who have been evicted from their homes in the last two weeks to protect a forest and construct a road. Amnesty International and other groups said Wednesday that at least 10,000...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, rescue workers move a victim from site of airstrikes in the al-Sakhour neighborhood of the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria. The call to get ready came at night. In the raging war zone of southwestern Syria, with enemy government forces on the march, the 98 White Helmets were told to bring spouses, children and but a few belongings to two collection points. Fabled rescuers themselves now in need of rescue, they embarked on a hair-raising journey through Israel, a supposed enemy, enroute to reluctant haven in Jordan, a country already burdened with multitudes of refugees. One woman gave birth along the way, many colleagues were left behind to a fate uncertain, and Syria called the multinational operation by several Western powers a crime. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)
July 25, 2018 - 12:20 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — White Helmets volunteers trapped in southern Syria after the government seized areas they operated in said Wednesday they live in fear of being caught in the dragnet of the government, which considers them one of its staunchest enemies, and are desperately seeking a way out. Hundreds...
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Nelson Chamisa, centre, head of the MDC opposition alliance is seen during a press briefing at the party headquarters in Harare, Wednesday, July, 25, 2018. Chamisa urged supporters to vote " overwhelmingly for change" in upcoming election scheduled for july 30, 2018, the first election since the November resignation of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
July 25, 2018 - 10:57 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's biggest opposition party won't boycott Monday's historic election despite a biased electoral commission that is acting in the interests of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the party's leader said Wednesday. Nelson Chamisa, head of the MDC opposition coalition, urged...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech at the opening of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg Wednesday, July 25 2017. The summit runs through Friday with various heads of BRICS attending. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
July 25, 2018 - 10:54 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that the world faces "a choice between cooperation and confrontation" in remarks critical of escalating U.S. tariffs on goods from China and other major trading partners. "Unilateralism and protectionism are mounting, dealing a severe...
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July 25, 2018 - 9:32 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — "Sunset," the new film from Oscar-winning Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, will have its debut at the Venice Film Festival starting Aug. 28. "Sunset" takes place in Hungary's capital just before World War I. The film tells the story of Irisz Leiter, a young woman orphaned...
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Pakistani politician Imran Khan, center, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, casts his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. After an acrimonious campaign, polls opened in Pakistan on Wednesday to elect the country's third straight civilian government, a first for this majority Muslim nation that has been directly or indirectly ruled by its military for most of its 71-year history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
July 25, 2018 - 9:28 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on Pakistan's elections (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The spokesman for Pakistan's Election Commission says the commission has issued a notice to aspiring prime minister Imran Khan saying his vote could be disqualified after he cast his ballot in front of television...
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July 25, 2018 - 8:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of a self-improvement group that's accused of branding some of its female followers and forcing them into unwanted sex is due before a federal judge in New York. Keith Raniere has a pre-trial court appearance on Wednesday afternoon, along with one of the group's more...
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Pablo Villavicencio leans out of an SUV while talking to reporters after being released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Kearny, N.J. A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was being held at the facility for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty said Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 25, 2018 - 8:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation walked out of an immigration detention center house hours after a judge ordered his immediate release. Pablo Villavicencio exited the detention center shortly before 9 p.m...
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Villagers take refuge at a shelter in Paksong town, Champasak province, Laos on Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018. Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
July 25, 2018 - 7:25 am
PAKSE, Laos (AP) — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. More than 6,000 people lost their homes when the dam gave way on Monday, flooding...
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