Government and politics

People rally in support of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, a Ukrainian activist who was banned last week from the entire Schengen zone due to a Polish request, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday Aug. 23, 2018. The protesters demanded that Kozlovska be removed from the Schengen Information System, the database that Poland put her in. Poland's Internal Security Agency said its counterintelligence department had "serious doubts" about the financing of a foundation Kozlovska runs and members of the ruling party have accused her of working for Russian interests. Kozlovska denies that and says she is a victim of a massive disinformation campaign. The posters read in Polish "no to political deportation". (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
August 23, 2018 - 3:01 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dozens of people have rallied in front of the Interior Ministry in Warsaw to protest the deportation and ban of a Ukrainian activist from the Europe's 26-nation Schengen area on a Polish request. Lyudmyla Kozlovska, 33, who has a lived in Poland for 10 years and has a Polish...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a welcome ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Merkel is on an official visit to Georgia. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
August 23, 2018 - 2:00 pm
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Georgia, expressing support for the ex-Soviet nation's territorial integrity. Georgia entirely lost control of its breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after an August 2008 war with Russia. The conflict erupted when...
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Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, center, arrives at a magistrate's court in Gulu, northern Uganda Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Bobi Wine, who opposes the longtime president Yoweri Museveni, was charged with treason in the civilian court in Gulu on Thursday, minutes after a military court dropped weapons charges. (AP Photo)
August 23, 2018 - 1:37 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan government filed a charge of treason Thursday against a pop star-turned-lawmaker who has emerged as a major critic of the long-serving president and whose jailing drew outrage from top musicians around the world. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine,...
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FILE - This June 15, 2017, file photo shows bagged purchases from the Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss. The nation’s largest grocery chain will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
August 23, 2018 - 12:53 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those...
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FILE - This March 4, 2013, file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of a building near the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 23, 2018 - 12:45 pm
Stocks veered mostly lower on Wall Street Thursday as losses in banks and energy companies offset gains elsewhere in the market. Homebuilders also declined following new data showing sales of new U.S. homes slumped in July. Technology stocks moved higher, adding to recent gains. Investors had their...
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August 23, 2018 - 11:36 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — British Airways says it will end its direct flights to Iran's capital in September as "the operation is currently not commercially viable." The decision announced Thursday comes after President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and world...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center, poses for photo with soldiers during a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Ukraine will mark the 27th anniversary of the Independence Day on Aug. 24. (Mikhail Palinchak/Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 11:30 am
MOSCOW (AP) — An outbreak of fighting in Ukraine's rebel-held east has killed four troops and left another seven wounded, officials said Thursday. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said the losses were the biggest in months and followed fighting that lasted five hours. The ministry said the fighting...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2016, file photo, Steven Tyler attends "To the Rescue: Saving Animal Lives" Gala and Fundraiser held at Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles. Tyler is again demanding that President Donald Trump stop using the band’s songs at rallies. Tyler’s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to the president Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, a day after the song “Livin’ on the Edge” was heard playing at a Trump rally in West Virginia. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 10:53 am
BOSTON (AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is again demanding that President Donald Trump stop using the band's songs at rallies. Tyler's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to the president Wednesday, a day after the song "Livin' on the Edge" was heard at a Trump rally in West Virginia. It'...
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Cristhian Bahena Rivera is escorted into the Poweshiek County Courthouse for his initial court appearance, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Montezuma, Iowa. Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 23, 2018 - 10:18 am
BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — For years, the young man from Mexico presented himself as a legal U.S. resident and reliable worker at a family dairy farm in small town Iowa, his employer said. But this week, the image of Cristhian Bahena Rivera transformed in a matter of hours. Now he's a man accused of...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 24, 2018 file photo, President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi arrives for an eurogroup meeting at the Europa building in Brussels. A German news media report has stirred new speculation about who will succeed Mario Draghi as head of the European Central Bank, one of the globe’s most powerful economic policy jobs. The Handelsblatt business publication citing government sources reported Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 that Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to drop plans to push for Jens Weidmann, the head of Germany’s national central bank, the Bundesbank. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)
August 23, 2018 - 10:18 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German news media report has stirred new speculation about who will succeed Mario Draghi as head of the European Central Bank, one of the world's most powerful economic policy posts. Citing unnamed government sources, the Handelsblatt business publication reported...
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