Government and politics

Eiko Kawasaki, a Korean born in Japan, speaks during an interview in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Kawasaki was born in Japan and lived 43 years in North Korea before defecting. She has not seen her children, still in North Korea, for years. Kawasaki and four other defectors filed a lawsuit against North Korea’s government this week in Tokyo District Court, demanding 500 million yen, or about $5 million, in damages for human rights violations. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
August 24, 2018 - 2:45 am
TOKYO (AP) — She was one of the more than 90,000 Koreans and their relatives in Japan who went to North Korea decades ago seeking what the country promised: "paradise on earth." As North and South Korea make reconciliatory gestures and hundreds of war-separated relatives are reunited, Eiko Kawasaki...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 photo, the head of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre Kraehenbuehl speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. Kraehenbuehl said Thursday that he believes the U.S. slashed his budget early this year to take out its frustration with the Palestinian Authority but warns that the millions of people served by his organization cannot be wished away. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
August 24, 2018 - 1:14 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says the United States slashed his budget early this year to punish the Palestinians for their criticism of America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He warns the Palestinian refugee issue won't go away. Pierre...
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center, arrives for a party meeting in Canberra, Australia Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (David Gray/Pool Photo via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 12:32 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Australian political leadership change (all times local): 3 p.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Australia's next prime minister on his new job. The current Treasurer, Scott Morrison was chosen in a ballot of his party's lawmakers...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Asian shares were Friday following a listless session on Wall Street, where a slide in banks and industrial companies offset solid gains for the technology sector. A lack of progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China was weighing on sentiment. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 24, 2018 - 12:28 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday following a listless session on Wall Street, where a slide in banks and industrial companies offset solid gains for the technology sector. A lack of progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China was weighing on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's...
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August 23, 2018 - 10:23 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Friday it was "deeply concerned" about Chinese government restrictions on foreign and domestic journalists after authorities refused to issue a new visa for an American correspondent for BuzzFeed News. Reporter Megha Rajagopalan was compelled to leave...
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This undated photo provided by Jena Pickett shows her father Emerson Pickett, who was killed in 2003 by Quinton Birdinground Jr. who was released from custody today after serving 15 years in prison. A U.S. judge ordered Birdinground, a convicted killer from Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, released from prison on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime. (Jena Pickett photo via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 9:04 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge ordered a convicted killer from Montana's Crow Indian Reservation released from prison on Thursday after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek wept as she told the court,...
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Fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, who is charged with the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, testifies with defense attorney Jim Lane during the sixth day of his trial at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
August 23, 2018 - 7:16 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas police officer testified Thursday at his murder trial that he had no choice but to use deadly force the night he opened fire on a car filled with unarmed black teenagers leaving a house party, killing a 15-year-old passenger. Roy Oliver, who is white, was fired from the...
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August 23, 2018 - 5:37 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A lawsuit that seeks to prevent the deportation of immigrants while they are seeking to become legal U.S. residents through marriage will move forward, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Judge Mark Wolf denied the Trump administration's bid to dismiss the case brought by the American...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on the "Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 23, 2018 - 4:36 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By now, many Africans cringe whenever "Trump" and their continent are mentioned together. It's happened again. In a tweet containing inaccurate comments, President Donald Trump said he had instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white...
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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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