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FILE - In this May 28, 2012 file photo, human rights activist Nabeel Rajab gestures as he leaves a police station in Manama, Bahrain. A United Nations panel said Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, Bahrain should immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab. Rajab is serving a five-year prison sentence for tweets he sent in a case widely criticized internationally as the kingdom's government continues a crackdown on dissent. Images on the building at rear shows, clockwise from top, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
August 16, 2018 - 9:08 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom. The statement by the U.N.'s Working Group on...
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Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, answers questions during an event with the Public Policy Institute of California in Sacramento on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 7:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the...
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August 15, 2018 - 4:15 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 4, 2018 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, looks at his phone during a ceremony in Istanbul. Erdogan said Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2018, that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods amid a diplomatic spat that has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis. Showing no signs of backing down in the standoff, Erdogan suggested that Turkey would stop procuring U.S.-made Iphones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel instead. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
August 15, 2018 - 8:56 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Amnesty International says a court in Istanbul has ruled for the release from prison of the rights group's former Turkey chairman. The decision to release Taner Kilic on Wednesday came a day after a Turkish...
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People vote at Edison High School in northeast Minneapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. It's Minnesota's busiest primary in recent memory, with races for governor, both Senate seats and three contested congressional races. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 11:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich has won a crowded Democratic primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in a northeastern Minnesota swing district. Radinovich defeated Rep...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, shakes hands with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 14, 2018 - 10:02 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party's primary to seek a second term and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a news conference on American labor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Klobuchar defeated four Democrats in the primary in Minnesota for the third term. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
August 14, 2018 - 9:37 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for what could be a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. Franken's successor, Democratic Sen...
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TAKES OUT REFERENCE OF CHIEF JUSTICE - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis enters the Supreme Court Chambers to announce her retirement before a news conference in the Supreme Court Chambers in Charleston, W. Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The announcement comes a day after the state House of Delegates voted to impeach all four state Supreme Court justices. (Craig Hudson /Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 5:40 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered...
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August 14, 2018 - 3:32 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A Jordanian immigrant convicted in what prosecutors described as the honor killings of his daughter's American husband and an Iranian women's rights activist was sentenced to death on Tuesday in Texas. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was found guilty last month of capital murder in the 2012...
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Pro-independence activist Andy Chan, left, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves Foreign Correspondents Club after delivering his speech in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Chan gave a speech to foreign journalists whose association defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 14, 2018 - 3:49 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. The government's demand raised questions about Beijing's growing...
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