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    Australian lawmaker quits over Chinese political links

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An influential Australian opposition lawmaker under fire over his close links to wealthy Chinese political donors announced on Tuesday that he was quitting the Senate for the good of his party as the government moves against foreign interference in politics. Sam Dastyari announced that he would quit as a senator for […]
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    Mom of Utah man jailed in Venezuela airs tape on his health

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The mother of Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela for nearly 1½ years is circulating a new audio recording of her son talking about how he’s suffering without medical care. Laurie Holt said Monday that she’s sharing the recording Joshua Holt sent by cellphone so people can hear how dire the […]
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    Ancient wrestling offers a future for some in modern India

    BAHADURGARH, India (AP) — Wearing nothing but loincloths, a group of boys warm up by climbing sturdy ropes that take them high into the trees. One teenager walks around the wrestling pit swirling incense, blessing the arena and preparing it for battle. On this November evening, as the dusk thickens and the bugs venture out, […]
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    Ex-Congressman Hoekstra sworn in as Netherlands ambassador

    HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra (HUK’-struh) is the new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. White House spokeswoman Vanessa Morrone says Hoekstra was sworn in Monday afternoon by Vice President Mike Pence. Hoekstra was confirmed last month by the U.S. Senate. He previously served as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee […]
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    Amnesty accuses EU of complicity in Libya migrant abuse

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are complicit in the abuse of migrants held in Libya, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday that accused the EU of turning a blind eye to allegedly brutal tactics of the Libyan coast guard and dangerous detention facilities. The human rights group also alleged that the Libyan […]
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    Michigan panel urges temporary shutdown of Mackinac pipeline

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A government safety panel on Monday urged the temporary shutdown of twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac until their operator can finish inspections and repair coating gaps, after some members expressed concerns over a recent deal between the state and Enbridge Inc. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board approved […]
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    Mexico City arrests man over building collapse’s in quake

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City prosecutors say they have arrested a man who signed off on an apparently faulty construction project that collapsed in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake of Sept. 19 and killed two women. Prosecutors have not identified the suspect, who faces homicide charges. But they said Monday he was in charge of […]
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    US says WTO losing focus on trade, becoming litigation group

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The United States said Monday that the World Trade Organization is losing its focus on trade negotiation and “becoming a litigation-centered organization.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also complained that some WTO members try to gain concessions through lawsuits that he said they could never get at the negotiating table. […]
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    Brazilian who pushed abortion debate ends pregnancy abroad

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A woman believed to be the first in Brazil to ask the state for permission to end a pregnancy that did not result from a rape or involve medical issues has had an abortion — in Colombia. With one request denied by the Supreme Court and fearing that another would languish […]
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    Honduran authorities allege 5 lawmakers diverted funds

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Five federal lawmakers in Honduras allegedly diverted public funds to their own use, authorities said Monday. The deputies from the country’s Congress requested the funds for a nonprofit group, which cut checks to them immediately after receiving the money, according to the investigation. Honduras’ chief prosecutor Oscar Armando Chinchilla and the […]