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Colombia elects conservative as president

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Conservative Ivan Duque easily defeated left-wing former guerrilla Gustavo Petro in Colombia's presidential runoff election Sunday, winning the right to lead a country struggling with deep divisions over a troubled peace deal.

Duque, a former senator, had a 2.3 million-vote margin of victory, receiving 54 percent of the vote...Read more

Giuliani: Trump may pardon targets of special counsel if he thinks they 'have been treated unfairly'

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WASHINGTON -- As former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort spent a first weekend in jail pending trial on charges brought by the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday floated the possibility of presidential pardons for Manafort and others charged in ...Read more

Ivan Duque wins Colombian presidency; FARC deal could be changed

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Political newcomer Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidency Sunday promising to revitalize the country's economy and save a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

According to initial results, Duque beat Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor Bogota, by more than 10 percentage points.

A U.S.-...Read more

Violence flares after agreement on Macedonian name

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Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement Sunday to end their dispute about the name Macedonia, paving the way for the former Yugoslavian republic to join NATO and approach EU membership -- but also infuriating nationalists on both sides.

The decision will mean Macedonia will officially be named the Republic of Northern Macedonia, appeasing ...Read more

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