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Apartment buildings in the district Mitte photographed from the television tower in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, April 4, 2019. A campaign is being launched in the German capital to force the Berlin's state government into taking over nearly 250.000 apartments from corporate owners like Deutsche Wohnen and others. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
April 06, 2019 - 4:37 am
BERLIN (AP) — Low-cost housing advocates are launching a grassroots campaign to force Berlin's state government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to fight rising rents in one of Germany's hottest real estate markets. The fight pits two philosophies...
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Backdropped by a poster of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, left, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader, and modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, right, Ekrem Imamoglu, the CHP's mayoral candidate in Istanbul, poses for The Associated Press following an interview in Istanbul, Thursday, April 4, 2019. Imamoglu said he's confident that the result of a recount of votes in the city will confirm his victory and has renewed an appeal to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help end the standoff. Imamoglu won the tight race for Istanbul in Sunday's local elections in a major upset for Erdogan, who rose to power as the mayor of the city of 15 million and has said that whoever wins Istanbul wins to whole of Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
April 05, 2019 - 8:23 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's local election (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Turkey's president says his party's demands for vote recounts to challenge the unofficial results of Sunday's municipal elections are only natural. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip...
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An Indian boy plays an online game PUBG on his mobile phone in Hyderabad, India, Friday, April 5, 2019. A boy’s suicide in India after his mother scolded him for playing the popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has inflamed a debate across the country over whether the game should be banned. (AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.)
April 05, 2019 - 6:03 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — A boy's suicide this week in southern India after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game has inflamed a national debate over whether the game should be banned. The 16-year-old's father demanded a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, known by the acronym PUBG,...
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Visitors walk behind the credle (1922) by Peter Keler during the press preview prior to the opening of the new Bauhaus Museum of the 'Klassik Stiftung Weimar' (Classic Foundation Weimar) in Weimar, Germany, Thursday, April 4, 2019. The museum designed by Berlin-based architect Heike Hanada will focus on the early Bauhaus that was founded in Weimar in 1919 and stayed there until 1925. The official opening of the new Bauhaus Museums will take place on Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
April 05, 2019 - 4:14 am
WEIMAR, Germany (AP) — The German city where the Bauhaus was born a century ago is paying tribute to the school behind a string of modern design icons with a new museum opening Friday meant to anchor it in its turbulent historical context. The Bauhaus Museum in Weimar, a functional but elegant...
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In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, photo, a house burns in Goseong, South Korea. The fire likely started Thursday night from a transformer spark near a resort in the town of Goseong in Gangwon province about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Seoul and then spread to the nearby mountains, according to Choi Jin-ho, a fire captain at Gangwon Fire Headquarters. (Lee Jong-geun/Yonhap via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 10:33 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Firefighters by Friday morning had extinguished large parts of a forest fire burning in the mountainous South Korean region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. It has destroyed 120 homes, forced thousands to flee, and killed one person, with another dying because of a...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A deadline is looming for Smollett to pay over $130,000 to Chicago to cover part of the costs of an investigation into his report of a racist, anti-gay attack or risk getting slapped with a civil lawsuit. Thursday, April 4, is seven days since Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law department sent the "Empire" a March 28 letter demanding he writes them a money order or cashier's check for $130,106, plus 15 cents. It said he had seven days. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
April 04, 2019 - 8:21 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the "Empire" actor for the money as reimbursement for investigating what officials say was phony racist, anti-gay attack that Smollett staged. Mayor...
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This Monday, April 1, 2019 photo, shows an aerial view of the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif. The San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Hillsborough is suing the owner of the house, saying that she installed dangerous steps, dinosaurs and other Flintstone-era figurines without necessary permits. The owner and her attorney say they will fight for the rights of property owners and Fred and Barney fans everywhere. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
April 04, 2019 - 12:08 am
HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) — Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant "Yabba Dabba Do" sign in orange, purple and red. The latest battle in the war between...
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Immigrants from Honduras seeking asylum rest on a cot at Travis Park Church which is serving as a makeshift shelter, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in downtown San Antonio. The surge of migrants arriving at the southern border has led the Trump administration to dramatically expand a practice it has long mocked as "catch and release." (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 03, 2019 - 10:37 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County sued Wednesday to overturn the Trump administration's cancellation of an immigration program because the move has led to the quick release of families after they cross the border without allowing time for travel arrangements. The county on the Mexican border said...
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This combination of 2019 photos shows newly-elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, left; and Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Together, the ascendance of Lightfoot and Buttigieg highlights the remarkable recent progress made by gay and lesbian politicians, to the point where their sexual orientation is either an asset or a non-issue. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Jose Luis Magana)
April 03, 2019 - 10:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "Mayor Pete," as he's known to his growing fan base, is running a surprisingly strong and well-funded campaign for president. Lori Lightfoot has just won a landslide victory to become Chicago's mayor. Together, the ascendance of Lightfoot and Pete Buttigieg — the two-term mayor of...
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Police officers stand group of people during a protest organized by two far-right groups, Casa Pound and Forza Nuova, against the arrival of Roma families, on the outskirts of Rome, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi says there will be an investigation on charges of inciting racial hatred against the perpetrators of a violent protest against the arrival of Roma families at government-run housing. (Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 8:14 am
ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor on Wednesday pledged an investigation into possible inciting racial hatred against the organizers of a violent protest that rejected housing Roma families in a neighborhood government-run center. Mayor Virginia Raggi described a "very heavy climate of hatred" during the...
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