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By The Associated Press | Updated - Mar 19th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Mar 18th, 2019 @ 10:46pm



CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's prime minister says he has asked the Turkish president to withdraw his accusation of an anti-Islam motive behind Australia and New Zealand sending troops to Turkey in the World War I Gallipoli campaign. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was denouncing Islamophobia after an Australian was arrested in the New Zealand mosque shootings. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said "all options are on the table" if Erdogan does not withdraw his comments.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are starting to see special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe as a potential political opportunity, rather than the "witch hunt" they have been calling it for two years. Trump has grown increasingly confident the special counsel's report will produce no clear evidence of a conspiracy between Russia and his election campaign. Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, are opening a broad array of investigations that go far beyond Mueller's focus.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman investigating the Kushner real estate company says it has failed to get safety inspections for several of its buildings. New York Oversight Committee Chair Ritchie Torres said Tuesday his probe shows the firm once run by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been renting apartments in nine buildings with expired certificates of occupancy. A regulator called the findings "paperwork lapses." The firm says it is working to correct inherited issues.

NEW YORK (AP) — Months before federal agents raided Michael Cohen's home and office, Donald Trump's former personal attorney had been under scrutiny in the early stages of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. According to court records made public Tuesday, Cohen was being investigated by July 2017, two months after Mueller was appointed to investigate Moscow's election interference. The heavily-redacted documents include search warrant applications and other records.

LONDON (AP) — Scientists say smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by about five times. The new research adds to previous studies that have found links between marijuana and psychotic disorders, but it still does not definitively pinpoint marijuana as the cause. Experts say the new study's findings have implications for jurisdictions legalizing marijuana, warning they should also consider the impact on their psychiatric services.

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