National governments

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin greet each other outside the Novo-Ogaryovo residence in Moscow, Russia. Russia is an ally of the Venezuelan president, who is under challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido in a resurgence of the country’s political crisis after declaring presidential authority and vowing to oust the socialist leader. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP File)
February 20, 2019 - 5:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Call it the aid wars. The Trump administration is accusing President Nicolas Maduro of starving Venezuelans by blocking tons of American-supplied humanitarian aid stored next door in Colombia. In Russia, the Kremlin sees the opposition's plan to ram the aid across the border as a...
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers talks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Evers says he anticipates not supporting a Republican middle class tax cut bill that passed with no Democratic votes. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
February 20, 2019 - 4:21 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat's powers just weeks before he took office. Republicans rushed to pass the bill, the first they introduced this year,...
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Visitors wait to enter the Supreme Court as a winter snow storm hits the nation's capital making roads perilous and closing most Federal offices and all major public school districts, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The Supreme Court is ruling unanimously that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states. The outcome Wednesday could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 20, 2019 - 10:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of...
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February 20, 2019 - 7:56 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's minister of finance says that the government will loan the troubled state power company, Eskom, 69 billion rand ($4.9 billion) to help it service its debts. Delivering the 2019 budget to parliament, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the loan would help Eskom...
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FILE - This Feb. 26, 2015, photo shows a full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train, displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million in U.S. money for California's beleaguered high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion it's already spent. The U.S. Department of Transportation announcement Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, came after President Donald Trump last week threatened to make California pay back the money awarded to build the train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 19, 2019 - 8:22 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent. The U.S. Department of Transportation announcement follows through...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina sits high and dry due to Lake Mead receding in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan wrapped up by a March 4 deadline set by the federal government, state water officials said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. It's the latest hurdle threatening the seven-state plan to take less water from the drought-starved Colorado River, which provides water for 40 million people and 5.5 million acres of farmland. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
February 19, 2019 - 6:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday. It's the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, then Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Stacey Abrams, who lost her bid for governor last fall, told members of a House subcommittee, Tuesday, July 19, 2019 in Atlanta, about myriad issues that she says disenfranchised certain Georgia voters. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
February 19, 2019 - 4:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Strict voter registration requirements, polling place confusion and other obstacles Georgia voters faced in 2018 show why federal oversight of elections is still needed in places with a history of discrimination, said several people who testified Tuesday during a congressional field...
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In this Oct. 9, 2018 photo, police office guards the main entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well to certain bodies of water such as rivers and lakes that are called "navigable waters." The case involves treated wastewater from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Hawaii.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 19, 2019 - 2:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a case about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections, as the Trump administration spars with conservation groups on the same crucial environmental question. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean...
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This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The move comes after the 81-year-old Cosby spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to the SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
February 19, 2019 - 1:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court should consider overturning a 55-year-old landmark ruling that makes it hard for public figures to win libel suits, writing in a case involving a woman who says Bill Cosby raped her. Thomas took aim at New York Times v. Sullivan and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. Stone and his lawyers filed a notice Monday night, Feb. 18, saying Stone recognized "the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
February 19, 2019 - 11:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the longtime Donald Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said...
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