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Hallmark apologizes for pulling gay wedding ads

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Following social media outrage over its decision to pull ads featuring same-sex couples, the Hallmark Channel on Sunday reversed its ban on the advertisements and apologized for pulling them in the first place, a spokesperson from the network told CNN.

The original ad, from online wedding planning company Zola, featured same-sex couples ...Read more

Johnson gets to work naming cabinet and taking U.K. out of EU

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LONDON -- Boris Johnson will appoint top ministers to his cabinet on Monday as he pushes ahead with Brexit, emboldened by the historic majority he won in last week's British general election.

The prime minister needs to fill the roles of culture secretary, Welsh secretary and environment minister that were vacated after Nicky Morgan quit ...Read more

No date set for U.S.-China 'phase two' talks, Lighthizer says

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WASHINGTON -- No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off "phase two" trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away.

For now, the two sides are focused on implementing the agreement reached on Friday, which is ...Read more

Britain can agree quick Brexit trade deal with EU, minister insists

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LONDON -- Britain's Conservative government can conclude negotiations on future trade with the European Union by the end of next year, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted on Sunday.

Gove was responding after many politicians and analysts said the government was highly unlikely to meet its target of agreeing a trade deal just 11 months...Read more

Hong Kong protesters clash with police as Lam visits Beijing

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's demonstrators clashed with police late Sunday as Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Beijing where she's expected to update Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior officials on the violent protests that have gripped the city for the past six months.

Roads in Mong Kok, a tourist area known for its night market, were...Read more

Senate impeachment trial is expected. How it will work is very uncertain

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Sunday publicly diverged over how to conduct the expected impeachment trial of President Trump, with some calling for allegations against him to be summarily quashed and others advocating a lengthier process that would include summoning witnesses for fresh testimony.

Key Democrats in the House of ...Read more

Turkey doubles down on the fight in Libya, but its sights are elsewhere

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BEIRUT -- Libya's aspiring strongman Khalifa Haftar has besieged Tripoli for months in a bid to enter the capital, unseat the U.N.-recognized government and cement his hold over the country. But the septuagenarian general, who heads a grouping of factions styling themselves as the Libyan National Army, has made little headway, despite his many ...Read more

Schiff says impeachment not failure if Trump acquitted by Senate

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WASHINGTON -- The impeachment process won't be a failure if President Donald Trump is acquitted by the Senate, as seems almost certain, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday.

"No, it isn't a failure. At least it's not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty in the House," Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on...Read more

Scuffles break out in Glendale as Rep. Adam Schiff speaks at Armenian genocide event

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LOS ANGELES -- Scuffles broke out Saturday during a Glendale town hall event on Armenian genocide that was attended by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), who is at the center of the effort to impeach President Trump.

The event at the Glendale Central Library was meant for an Armenian organization to thank U.S. government officials for their ...Read more

Carbon markets fail to win backing at UN climate talks

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Envoys from almost 200 countries endorsed a limited set of measures to rein in climate change, shelving efforts to expand carbon markets as a tool to fight global warming.

Delegates at a United Nations meeting in Madrid expressed an "urgent need" to make more ambitious cuts in fossil fuel emissions and advanced work on a mechanism to compensate...Read more

West Point investigating hand symbol with possible links to white power used by cadets during Army-Navy game

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PHILADELPHIA -- West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral because of their association with white power.

"West Point is looking into the matter," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "At this time...Read more

Comey admits being 'overconfident' in approving Trump probe

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WASHINGTON -- James Comey, the former FBI director, agreed on Sunday with the conclusions of an independent investigator that found flaws in the agency's decision to probe individuals in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"He's right, I was wrong." Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, said on "Fox News Sunday." "I was ...Read more

China suspends additional US tariffs

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BEIJING -- China will suspend planned additional punitive tariffs on some U.S. products after "phase one" of a long-awaited trade deal was reached between the countries, state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.

Beijing had threatened to retaliate if the United States had gone ahead with imposing further tariffs on $160 billion of ...Read more