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Demonstrators hold a poster that reads: "We are against the raising of the retirement age" during a protest against the government's plans to raise the retirement age, in front of the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The State Duma is expected to vote on the second reading of the bill that could raise the retirement age for the old-age pension by five years. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 26, 2018 - 7:22 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of the Russian parliament has given its preliminary approval for a controversial bill that raises the eligibility ages for pensions, which has caused an outrage in Russian society. The government's plan to raise the retirement ages for men and women by five years has...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:30 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, describing her as tough, experienced and, above all, objective. Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh listens to a question while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It's a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks with reporters after the Republican's policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." "Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection," Thune, who heads the Commerce panel, said in a statement. By hearing from the companies, lawmakers will be able to assess "what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation," he said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to...
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September 25, 2018 - 11:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows says Rosenstein should answer questions about reports that he floated the idea of secretly recording...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined from left by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks with reporters about the confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, following a closed-door GOP policy meeting, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 25, 2018 - 7:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical "con job" on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she "has nothing."...
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This combo of file photos shows four members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle from left to right; his wife and first lady Cilia Flores in Caracas on Aug. 5, 2017, Minister of Communications Jorge Rodriguez in Santo Domingo on Dec. 1, 2017, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on Feb. 6, 2017, and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez in Caracas on Aug. 8, 2017. The Trump administration on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, slapped financial sanctions on the four on allegations of corruption. The U.S. barred Americans from doing business with and will seize any financial assets in the U.S. belonging to them. (AP Photos, Files)
September 25, 2018 - 5:53 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro could be easily toppled by a military coup and the U.S stepped up financial pressure by slapping the socialist president's inner circle with fresh sanctions. Trump declined to respond to...
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Gen. Robert Abrams, looks to the dais as he testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Gen. Abrams is nominated to take command of U.S. and allied forces in South Korea. He says the decision to cancel several major military exercises on the Korean peninsula this year caused a slight degradation in the readiness of American forces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 25, 2018 - 2:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The decision to cancel major military exercises on the Korean peninsula this year caused a slight degradation in the ability of American and Korean forces to work together and remain ready to fight, the U.S. general nominated to take command of troops in South Korea told senators...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison addresses campaign volunteers and supporters in Minneapolis. Minnesota's Democratic Party chairman said Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 that he expects the investigation into allegations of physical abuse against Ellison to be finished soon. Ellison denied the accusations in August 2018 from former girlfriend that he once physically abused her. (Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP, File)
September 25, 2018 - 12:42 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Democratic Party chairman said Monday that he expects the investigation of allegations of physical abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison to be completed and released soon, well ahead of the November election. A former long-term girlfriend accused Ellison of physical...
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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, attends parliament during a vote of confidence in the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018. The prime minister lost a vote of confidence in parliament, meaning he will have to step down. He will continue as caretaker prime minister until a new government can be formed. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)
September 25, 2018 - 11:20 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's prime minister lost a vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday after an election this month stripped him of his majority. Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new...
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