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 2021-10-15 13:00 

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Putin: No rush in officially recognizing Taliban's rule...

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday there must be no rush in officially recognizing the Taliban as the new rulers of Afghanistan, but emphasized the need to engage in talks with them. Speaking during a v...

 2021-10-15 01:00 

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US Senate candidate loses bid to seal child custody case...

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to seal records and proceedings in the ongoing custody battle involving Sean Parnell, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, or grant Parnell's request to bar his wife from talk...

 2021-10-14 23:00 

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US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump...

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced T...

 2021-10-14 03:00 

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US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran...

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a "Plan B" for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 n...

 2021-10-13 21:00 

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Now question in NFL is: Does Gruden reflect broader culture?...

By HOWARD FENDRICH When Shad Khan set out more than a decade ago to become the first member of an ethnic minority to own an NFL team, the Pakistani-American heard the scuttlebutt. "The conjecture was, 'You will never get approved, because you'...

 2021-10-13 17:00 

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Great Brexit brawl: EU offers to improve N Ireland trade...

By RAF CASERT BRUSSELS (AP) — The great Brexit brawl headed into its next standoff Wednesday when European Union concessions to improve trade in Northern Ireland were likely to be deemed insufficient by the United Kingdom. The EU's top Brexit of...

 2021-10-13 15:00 

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Norway's PM-designate: Center-left govt to focus on climate...

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's prime minister-designate on Wednesday presented his proposal for a two-party, center-left minority government that is pledging to pursue "a fair climate policy that cuts emissions and creates jobs." Jonas Gahr St...

 2021-10-13 09:00 

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Spain evacuates 160 more Afghans via Pakistan...

MADRID (AP) — Spain's defense ministry has completed the evacuation of another 160 Afghans who had initially been left behind following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The new group joins the 83 people Spain flew into an air base near Madri...

 2021-10-12 05:00 

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Asian shares fall as rising energy costs fan inflation fears...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Shares retreated in Asia on Tuesday as surging prices of oil, coal and other energy added to concerns over inflation. Benchmarks declined in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Oil prices edged lower after U.S. benchmark crude oil closed a...

 2021-10-11 00:24 

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No. 2 House Republican refuses to say election wasn't stolen...

WASHINGTON — The House's second-ranking Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise, repeatedly refused to say on Sunday that the 2020 election wasn't stolen, standing by Donald Trump's lie that Democrat Joe Biden won the White House because of mass ...

 2021-10-06 23:00 

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Lawyer charged in Durham probe demands more info about case...

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for a cybersecurity lawyer charged last month in a special counsel's probe into the Trump-Russia investigation asked federal prosecutors Wednesday to provide more information about the indictment, calli...

 2021-10-05 19:00 

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FBI raids offices of New York City police sergeants union...

By MICHAEL R. SISAK NEW YORK (AP) — Federal agents raided the offices Tuesday of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the Long Island home of its bombastic leader, who has clashed with city officials over his incen...

 2021-10-05 09:00 

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World shares mixed after big-tech led drop on Wall Street...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Global shares were mixed Tuesday after a broad slide on Wall Street led by technology companies. Shares rose in Paris, London and Hong Kong but fell in Tokyo. Inflation concerns are weighing on sentiment, with the price of U.S. oil at...

 2021-10-05 01:00 

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Son demands Iran free ailing father for urgent medical care...

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of an Iranian-American man who has been detained in Iran for more than five years called for his father's immediate release on Monday so that he can receive emergency and potentially life-saving surgery. ...

 2021-10-04 05:00 

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Asian markets mixed; China Evergrande shares suspended...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Asian markets were mixed on Monday, with Shanghai closed for the National Day holiday. Hong Kong's benchmark shed more than 2% after troubled property developer shares were suspended from trading. The company did not say why, but ...

 2021-10-04 03:24 

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Ruth Pollard: In Afghanistan's darkest hour, the Taliban must know we are watching...

We're just six weeks into the Taliban's second shift as Afghanistan's rulers, and the picture could not be bleaker....

 2021-10-02 13:00 

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Deadline passes in GOP's election 'investigation' subpoena...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The deadline passed Friday for Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to comply with a subpoena from a Republican-controlled state Senate committee pursuing what the GOP calls a "forensic investigation" of las...

 2021-10-01 13:00 

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Energy prices drive Europe inflation to highest since 2008...

By DAVID McHUGH FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Sharply higher oil and gas prices have pushed annual inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro to its highest in more than a decade in September. Economists and central bankers say the jump in inflatio...

 2021-10-01 11:00 

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EXPLAINER: Kim's sister leads N. Korea's pressure campaign...

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As North Korea goes back to its pattern of pressuring South Korea to get what it wants from the United States, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un has emerged as the face of its cam...

 2021-09-29 13:00 

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UK, France at loggerheads over post-Brexit fishing rights...

By SYLVIE CORBET and PAN PYLAS PARIS (AP) — The U.K. and France are at loggerheads again over fishing rights in the English Channel — the latest post-Brexit spat between the two countries. A day after the U.K. announced it had approved only 12...

 2021-09-29 00:24 

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Mask opt-out bill for students clears Pa. Senate committee...

A bill that would allow parents in Pennsylvania to exempt their children from wearing a mask at school cleared a state Senate committee on Tuesday as Republican lawmakers started making good on their pledge to counter the governor's statewide mask man...

 2021-09-28 19:00 

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Mask opt-out legislation clears Senate committee...

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would allow parents in Pennsylvania to exempt their children from wearing a mask at school cleared a state Senate committee on Tuesday as Republican lawmakers started making good on their pledge to counter the gove...

 2021-09-28 13:00 

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EU adopts 5 billion-euro Brexit reserve to help businesses...

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council on Tuesday approved a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) reserve aimed at helping EU businesses tackle the short-term effects of Brexit. The council, which represents the national government of every EU member nation,...

 2021-09-28 11:00 

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France, Greece sign defense deal; Athens to buy 3 warships...

By SYLVIE CORBET PARIS (AP) — France and Greece on Tuesday announced a multibillion-euro defense deal, including Athens' decision to buy three French warships as part of a strategy to boost its defense capacities in the Eastern Mediterranean ami...

 2021-09-28 07:00 

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Anti-Trump Republican drops bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat...

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An anti-Trump candidate said Monday he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Craig Snyder, a longtime lobbyist and political consultant from Philadelphia, said he has been unable to...

 2021-09-28 05:00 

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Pentagon leaders to face Congress on Afghan pullout decision...

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — In their first public testimony since the U.S. completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, top Pentagon leaders will face sharp questions in Congress about the chaotic pullout and the Taliban'...

 2021-09-28 03:00 

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N. Korea accuses US of hostility, continues weapons tests...

By KIM TONG-HYUNG SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday accused the United States of keeping up its "hostile policy" and demanded the Biden administration permanently end joint military exercises with South Korea even as it continu...

 2021-09-27 23:00 

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Biden, McConnell get COVID-19 boosters, encourage vaccines...

By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy-eight-year-old Joe Biden and 79-year-old Mitch McConnell got their booster shots Monday, the Democratic president and the Republican Senate leader urging Americans across the political spectrum to get vaccina...

 2021-09-27 19:00 

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Measure on masking in youth sports clears House committee...

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation that cleared a House committee on Monday would give Pennsylvania school districts the authority to decide whether student athletes must wear masks while playing. The Republican-controlled House State Government Com...

 2021-09-26 18:40 

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Russian GP: Hamilton wins 100th F1 race to take lead over Verstappen...

SOCHI, Russia — To win his 100th Formula One race, Lewis Hamilton drew on much of his vast experience from the first 99....

 2021-09-26 13:00 

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UN and Afghanistan's Taliban, figuring out how to interact...

By AYA BATRAWY It's been little more than a month since Kalashnikov-toting Taliban fighters in their signature heavy beards, hightop sneakers and shalwar kameezes descended on the Afghan capital and cemented their takeover. Now they're vying for a...

 2021-09-25 11:00 

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Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square...

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan, a witness said Saturday, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the Taliban's methods of the past. Wa...

 2021-09-25 05:00 

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US, Pakistan face each other again on Afghanistan threats...

By NOMAAN MERCHANT WASHINGTON (AP) — The has deepened the mutual distrust between the U.S. and Pakistan, two putative allies who have tangled over Afghanistan. But both sides still need each other. With the Biden administration looking for new ways ...

 2021-09-24 07:00 

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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa...

The Associated Press SEPTEMBER 17-23 This was a week in which a volcano erupted on the island of La Palma in the Canaries and Parliamentary elections took place in Russia. Nathan Paulin performed on a 70-meter-high slackline across the Seine River in Pari...

 2021-09-24 07:00 

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Europe: Team without a country but many wins at Ryder Cup...

By EDDIE PELLS SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A few things have changed since the last time Europe and the United States gathered for the Ryder Cup. For one, Europe. In the post-Brexit world, seven of Europe's 12 players aren't technically from coun...

 2021-09-23 17:00 

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The Latest: Cuba blasts US foreign policy in UN address...

By The Associated Press The Latest on the UN General Assembly: ___ UNITED NATIONS — Cuban President Miguel Daz-Canel seized on the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan to blast the United States for what he said is a history of foreign policy disasters. &#...

 2021-09-23 11:00 

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Ancient clay tablet from Assyrian king going back to Iraq...

By COLLEEN LONG WASHINGTON (AP) — A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Middle Eastern king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to Iraq. The $1.7 million cuneiform clay t...

 2021-09-23 02:10 

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WVW meeting dominated by appointments, public mask questions...

KINGSTON — Wednesday's monthly meeting of the Wyoming Valley West School Board was short as far as board discussion and votes were concerned, but still stretched about 90 minutes with the overwhelming majority of that time filled with questions ...

 2021-09-22 09:00 

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Canadian recounts her abduction by jihadis in Burkina Faso...

By SAM MEDNICK OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly a year and a half after being abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Edith Blais risked her life to escape, fearing she'd never be free. "(What you're thinking is either) yo...

 2021-09-21 19:00 

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White House blacklists Russian ransomware payment 'enabler'...

By ERIC TUCKER and FRANK BAJAK WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration sought Tuesday to choke the finances of criminal ransomware gangs, announcing sanctions against a Russia-based virtual currency brokerage that officials say helped at least ei...

 2021-09-21 11:00 

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European court: Russia responsible for Litvinenko killing...

LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday backed the conclusion of a British inquiry that Russia was responsible for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with a radioactive materi...

 2021-09-20 15:00 

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Kamala Harris to face panelists on 'The View' Friday...

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit "The View" studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president. She'll answer questions about the pandemic, Afghanistan and ot...

 2021-09-20 05:00 

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Hong Kong shares lead Asia lower; Tokyo and Shanghai closed...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Shares fell nearly 4% in Hong Kong on Monday in holiday-thinned trading in Asia, with other big markets in Tokyo and Shanghai closed. Other regional benchmarks also fell after Wall Street wrapped up last week with another decline. Inv...

 2021-09-19 11:00 

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Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home...

By KATHY GANNON KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailin...

 2021-09-19 05:00 

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Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws...

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that choose the city's leader in polls Sunday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam called "very meaningful" as the first under reforms meant to ensure can...

 2021-09-18 15:00 

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EXPLAINER: What are the issues in Canada's close election?...

By ROB GILLIES TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a tough battle against his Conservative Party rival, Erin O'Toole, in Canadian elections on Monday. Trudeau called the early election in hopes of winning a majority of seats i...

 2021-09-18 13:00 

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After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts...

By LOLITA C. BALDOR ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Against the backdrop of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer is meeting in Greece with NATO counterparts this weekend, hoping to forge more basing, intelligence sharing and ot...

 2021-09-18 05:00 

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Family says Laundrie is now missing; Petito still not found...

Associated Press NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida said late Friday that they are working with the FBI to locate 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito. North...

 2021-09-18 03:00 

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County cuts deal to end fight over Arizona Senate subpoena...

By BOB CHRISTIE PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona's most populous county reached an agreement Friday evening with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer rou...

 2021-09-18 01:00 

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Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'...

By MARC LEVY HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a "forensic invest...

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