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Immigrant family separations draw Democrats to the Mexican border

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McALLEN, Texas –– Democrats escalated their attacks on President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who illegally cross the Mexican border, as public outrage over the practice balloons into an election-year controversy for Republicans.

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and ...Read more

A close-up look at a Border Patrol processing center in Texas

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McALLEN, Texas –– A baby boy cried as he was carried past chain-link holding areas in the Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas, Sunday morning, the largest of its kind on the border.

John Lopez, acting deputy patrol agent in charge, was touring the facility with other officials, said such crying is not unusual.

"Our agents ...Read more

22 hurt at NJ arts festival when gunfire breaks out; gunman killed

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An annual arts festival in Trenton, N.J., that was to continue Sunday was instead declared a "massive crime scene" by police after an early-morning shooting during which 22 people were injured.

One of the attackers was shot to death and another was arrested.

Seventeen people were shot, of whom four were reported in critical condition, Mercer ...Read more

Iran Says 3 OPEC members will veto Saudi-backed oil production boost

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LONDON –– Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that's backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.

"Three OPEC founders are going to stop it," Iran's representative to the bloc, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, said Sunday. "If the Kingdom of Saudi ...Read more

Women's group in EU presses for more representation in government, business

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BRUSSELS –– There are more women in the European Union than men, but you wouldn't know it from top jobs in the bloc's business, politics or civil society.

That's what an activist group in Brussels wants to fix. With less than a year to go before EU legislative elections, Women Enablers Change Agent Network plans Tuesday to kick-start a ...Read more

Taliban won't extend cease-fire in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan –– The first nationwide cease-fire in Afghanistan in more than 15 years held for its third and final day on Sunday but Taliban militants said the cessation of hostilities would not be extended beyond the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holidays.

Millions of Afghans celebrated the cease-fire and Eid over the weekend as Taliban ...Read more

Giuliani says Mueller's inquiry should itself be investigated

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's attorney said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election should itself be the subject of a Justice Department examination.

"We want the Mueller probe to be investigated the way the Trump administration has been investigated, and we'd like to see ...Read more

House immigration bill threatens to undermine sanctuary city policies

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Congressional Republicans are pushing a new tactic to combat sanctuary cities: make it easier to sue them.

That effort, part of an immigration bill in the House, threatens to undermine sanctuary policies across California by making jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities liable for some crimes committed by ...Read more

Opposition leader plans return to Nicaragua, where arrest awaits him

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If you sit down to chat with Felix Maradiaga, he sounds pretty much like the mild-mannered academic almost everybody has always thought he was: a many with a master's degree from Harvard who spends most of his time at a computer writing papers with titles like "International Migration and Nationhood: Balancing Concerns From a Liberal Perspective...Read more

Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Times rose to prominence under the leadership of a bellicose, union-busting Civil War colonel who kept an arsenal of shotguns in the newsroom in case of labor strife and drove through the city with a custom horn that looked like a cannon mounted to his hood.

For more than a century, starting in 1882, Harrison Gray ...Read more

3 California states are 'just the first step toward greatness,' says ballot measure's backer, Tim Draper

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tim Draper is used to making waves.

A third-generation Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Draper has a reputation as an eccentric entrepreneur. He was an early investor in tech companies that hit it big, including Skype. And he's now one of the nation's most ardent supporters of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Draper, an ...Read more

Yemen is the world's forgotten war

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BEIRUT -- It's been called the forgotten war -- and with good reason.

The war in Syria gets clicks and shares, and the fight to defeat Islamic State is never far from the headlines. But Yemen, a top contender in the devastation and suffering index, often goes unmentioned.

With more than enough global conflict and misery to go around, why ...Read more

Trump to meet with House Republicans Tuesday to sell immigration compromise

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday evening to express his support for a compromise immigration bill the chamber will vote on later in the week, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The president will head to the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Trump is ...Read more

Migrant rescue convoy turned away by Italy set to arrive in Spain

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VALENCIA, Spain -- Three ships carrying more than 600 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea were set to arrive in the eastern Spanish port city of Valencia early Sunday, marking the end of a dispute that laid bare divisions among EU member states over migration and asylum policy.

The Aquarius, a rescue boat jointly run by the NGOs Doctors...Read more

Four UCLA employees sue school, alleging workplace sexual harassment

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LOS ANGELES--Four University of California, Los Angeles employees filed lawsuits this week against UCLA and the University of California Board of Regents, accusing their workplace supervisor of sexual harassment and the university of failing to properly handle abuse complaints.

Plaintiffs Jackie Rodriguez, Amber Rose Palega, Krystal Eda and ...Read more

South Koreans are left wondering: Are we better off than we were a week ago?

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Koreans of a certain generation remember a hit children's animation from 1978, featuring as its hero a Tarzan-like boy who battles an army of North Korean soldiers, depicted as packs of rabid wolves.

By the end of the anti-communist movie, through the courageous feat of the protagonist Ttoli, the corpulent villain "...Read more

Right-wing candidate has the edge going into Colombia's presidential election

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- With moderates absent from Sunday's presidential ballot, Colombian voters will choose between two relatively extreme candidates to confront pressing problems including a fraying peace agreement, rising violence and stubborn social and economic inequality.

Public opinion polls leading up to the election gave right-wing Sen. ...Read more

Greek leader survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia name-change deal

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ATHENS, Greece –– Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament, securing support to sign an agreement with the Republic of Macedonia and to continue governing until his term expires in 2019.

The no-confidence motion by the opposition failed, 153-127.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the main opposition New ...Read more

Thoughts on Trump's Cuba policy a year later

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MIAMI –– President Donald Trump stood before a crowd of Cuban Americans at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana a year ago Saturday and with great fanfare and to the accompaniment of an exile violinist playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" announced his new vision for Cuba policy.

He said the goal was to lessen the Cuban military's ...Read more

Profiting from pain: 'Murderabilia' has macabre appeal to collectors

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The Murder Museum bragged about selling two rocks snatched from the scene of Florida's worst school shooting.

"Sold! Two rocks taken from the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. $85 shipped," read a post on its Facebook page, which also included a photo of the killer.

It isn't the only dealer of morbid merchandise known as "...Read more