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Marta Lempart, one of leaders of Women's Strik, the key organization beyond the protests, holds a flare during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Polish police came under criticism on Thursday for using tear gas and force on mostly female and young protesters during the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion.(AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)
November 19, 2020 - 3:05 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police came under criticism on Thursday for using tear gas and force on mostly female and young protesters during the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion. Political tensions have been extremely high in Poland since...
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In this grab taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement on the defence review via video link from 10 Downing Street, in London, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Johnson has backed what is being touted as the biggest investment program in the U.K.'s armed forces since the end of the Cold War three decades ago. Johnson told lawmakers Thursday that the four-year financial package for the Ministry of Defense will “end the era of retreat” and pivot ting it towards potential future threats. Johnson said the armed forces will receive an additional 16.5 billion pounds ($21 billion) over and above the government’s earlier plans. (House of Commons/PA via AP)
November 19, 2020 - 9:49 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday touted the biggest investment in the U.K.'s armed forces since the end of the Cold War three decades ago but brushed aside concerns that his government is about to abandon pledges on overseas aid spending in order to pay for it. Johnson...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020, file photo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen removes her face mask as she arrives to give a statement at the EU headquarters in Brussels. The European Union still hasn't completely sorted out its messy post-divorce relationship with Britain — but it has already been plunged into another major crisis. This time the 27-member union is being tested as Poland and Hungary block passage of its budget for the next seven years and an ambitious package aimed at rescuing economies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP, File)
November 19, 2020 - 6:10 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders will on Thursday try to find ways to resolve a diplomatic dispute with members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the economy back on track after the pandemic. Several EU countries, including...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators protest against Poland's government's efforts to control the court system in front of the Supreme Court in Warsaw, Poland. The European Union still hasn't completely sorted out its messy post-divorce relationship with Britain — but it has already been plunged into another major crisis. This time the 27-member union is being tested as Poland and Hungary block passage of its budget for the next seven years and an ambitious package aimed at rescuing economies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
November 19, 2020 - 1:07 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union still hasn't completely sorted out its messy post-divorce relationship with Britain — but it has already been plunged into another major crisis. This time the 27-member union is being tested as Poland and Hungary block passage of its budget for the next...
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President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 18, 2020 - 11:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris returned to the Senate this week for the first time as vice president-elect, her Republican colleagues offered their congratulations and Sen. Lindsey Graham greeted her with a fist bump. It was a sign that many Republicans have privately acknowledged what they...
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An attendee stands in a sterilizer as a precaution against the coronavirus as he arrives for a defense expo, DX Korea 2020, in Goyang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. South Korea has recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three months as it gets set to tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
November 18, 2020 - 7:58 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day as authorities begin enforcing toughened social distancing rules in some areas to fight a resurgence of small-scale clusters of infections. The 343 new cases announced Thursday raised the...
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President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 18, 2020 - 5:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris returned to the Senate this week for the first time as vice president-elect, her Republican colleagues offered their congratulations and Sen. Lindsey Graham greeted her with a fist bump. It was a sign that many Republicans have privately acknowledged what they...
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President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic recovery at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 18, 2020 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 2:45 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says he’s hopeful that Republicans in Congress will be more willing to send money to state and local governments after President Donald Trump leaves office. He’s promising to make such...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, immigrants seeking asylum walk at the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center, in Dilley, Texas. A federal judge on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
November 18, 2020 - 12:42 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to the Federal Reserve is facing a razor-close vote in Congress. The Senate is voting Tuesday on the nomination of Judy Shelton to join the Federal Reserve's powerful board of governors. Shelton is an unusually caustic critic of the Fed and is opposed by three Republican senators. Expected absences from two other Republicans could block her from advancing in Tuesday’s vote. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
November 18, 2020 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, is stalled in the Senate after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris returned to the chamber to cast a key vote in a tally Tuesday. Two key Republicans were absent because of COVID-...
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