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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has grudgingly signed what he called a "seriously flawed" package of sanctions against Russia. Trump signed the most significant piece of legislation of his presidency with no public event. And he coupled it with a written statement that accused Congress of overstepping its constitutional bounds, impeding his ability to negotiate with foreign countries and lacking any ability to strike deals.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says a proposal to place new limits on legal immigration will help protect the nation by establishing higher standards for entry and allowing authorities do more thorough reviews of each applicant. In a statement released Wednesday, Sessions also claimed the proposal would "end the unlawful abuse of our public benefits program."

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing an international voting software firm of being part of a U.S. campaign to stain the results of the country's election of a constitutional assembly. Maduro told members of the newly chosen constituent assembly Wednesday night that Smartmatic bent to U.S. pressures aimed at casting doubt on the official results announced for Sunday's vote.

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer has survived a congressional vote that could have suspended him over a bribery charge. At least 172 of the 513 members of the lower Chamber of Deputies had voted by late Wednesday against putting Temer on trial for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to line his own pockets with millions of dollars in illicit payments. That prevented the opposition from getting the two-thirds of the chamber, or 342 votes, it needed to advance the case against the embattled leader.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy near Kandarhar in southern Afghanistan. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis confirmed Wednesday's deaths. There was no information on the number of troops wounded.

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