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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he talks during the closing news conference following the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Muslim nations of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation are rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and appear set to counter it with a declaration of east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. (Onur Coban/Pool Photo via AP)
December 13, 2017 - 2:37 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-...
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December 13, 2017 - 12:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red Nose Day is returning to NBC in 2018. The network announced Wednesday that it will support the fundraising campaign to end child poverty with a prime-time TV special on May 24, 2018. Walgreens stores will again sell red foam noses to raise money for the campaign. Organizers...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, wait for assistance aboard a rubber boat out of control, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast. Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 accused European Union countries of being ‘knowingly complicit’ in the detention and abuse of thousands of migrants detained in appalling conditions in Libya. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)
December 13, 2017 - 9:11 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are grappling with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe's southern shores in search of a better life. Ahead of an EU summit Thursday,...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2017 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stands in front of the presidential seal during a ceremony with the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, to approve President Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue to lurk despite the defeat of a disastrous pro-Islamic State group siege. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
December 13, 2017 - 12:30 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue to lurk despite the defeat of a disastrous pro-Islamic State group...
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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 12, 2017 - 11:26 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct...
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December 12, 2017 - 10:10 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of the state Democratic Party. State Rep. Dean Westlake, who is recovering...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. California and the Trump administration will square off at a key federal court hearing in Oakland to help a judge decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women. U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam is not expected to immediately issue a ruling at the hearing Tuesday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 12, 2017 - 7:31 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis urged a federal...
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Gladys Fuentes, right, one of five female kitchen workers in Boston speaks about her experiences while detailing a sexual harassment lawsuit the women are filing against McCormick & Schmick's, a national restaurant chain featuring seafood and steaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Boston. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, a Boston-based nonprofit representing the women, says the lawsuit alleges a workplace filled with "lewd behavior, sexually inappropriate comments and unwanted touching." Also pictured are plaintiff Marta Romeno (left to right), attorney and interpreter Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, plaintiff Fabiana Santos, attorney's Rachel Smith (back row left to right) and Sophia Hall. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
December 12, 2017 - 7:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Female kitchen workers at the McCormick & Schmick's seafood restaurant in downtown Boston were subjected to constant groping and lewd comments from male supervisors and co-workers, and their complaints to the company were routinely ignored, five women said in a lawsuit filed...
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In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, with smoke obscuring the sun in the distance, a Coulson C-130 Air Tanker turns in to make a drop on a hillside near Toro Canyon Road in Carpinteria, Calif., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
December 12, 2017 - 7:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday, while the fifth-largest wildfire in California history burning northwest of the city kept expanding and kept...
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center, listens to a staffer before answering questions at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gillibrand says President Donald Trump’s latest tweet about her was a “sexist smear” aimed at silencing her voice. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 12, 2017 - 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off the renewed focus on sexual harassment allegations against him, President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, declaring the New York Democrat and frequent presidential critic had come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "...
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