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Germany downplays flap over Tunisia invite to Libya summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:29am

The German government on Monday downplayed Tunisia's rejection of a last-minute invitation to a weekend conference on Libya that had ruffled feathers in the North African nation.

2020 Watch: Will impeachment change the primary?

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:34am

Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Italy's Salvini dares lawmakers to vote to put him on trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 3:51am

Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini is daring fellow senators to vote to put him on trial for alleged kidnapping for keeping migrants aboard a rescue ship for days last year when he was interior minister.

Catalan ex-police chief on trial for role in secession bid

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:39am

The former head of Catalonia's regional police and three others are standing trial on charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged roles in the illegal bid by the Catalan regional government to break away from Spain in 2017.

Trump's lawyers urge dismissal of 'flimsy' impeachment case

Zeke Miller, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:31pm

President Donald Trump's legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong," urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy" and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged and insisted that abuse of power was not a crime.

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

Bill Barrow and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:17pm

When Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers assessed the Democratic primary field early in her campaign, they viewed Joe Biden as headed for an inevitable collapse and Bernie Sanders as unlikely to recapture the magic of his 2016 campaign.

NY Times endorses Klobuchar, Warren in Democratic contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 9:30pm

The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party's moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from the progressive wing.

2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 2:57pm

Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria.

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

Brian Slodysko and Hunter Woodall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 2:53pm

Bernie Sanders said Sunday that outside political groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums backing candidates for public office should be abolished — including those supporting his own bid for the White House.

Democrats navigate sensitive gender politics as voting nears

Alexandra Jaffe and Hunter Woodall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:30pm

Democratic presidential candidates spent the weekend grappling with how to address questions surrounding sexism and gender bias as they sought to balance support for women against concerns of a political blowback.

Schiff accuses NSA, CIA of withholding documents on Ukraine

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:13pm

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing U.S. intelligence agencies of withholding documents from Congress on Ukraine that could be significant to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Trump defenders push 'no crime' as Democrats seek removal

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:00am

President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Sunday previewed their impeachment defense with the questionable assertion that the charges against him are invalid, adopting a position rejected by Democrats as “nonsense” as both sides sharpened their arguments for trial.

No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:59am

No cellphones. No talking. No escape.

German court convicts Tamil man over killing of Sri Lanka FM

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:56am

A German court convicted a Sri Lankan man Monday of accessory to murder in the 2005 killing of the South Asian nation's foreign minister for providing his assassins with crucial information.

Trump team in legal brief decries 'flimsy' impeachment charges as a 'dangerous perversion of the Constitution'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:30am

Trump team in legal brief decries 'flimsy' impeachment charges as a 'dangerous perversion of the Constitution'.

Former German military translator on trial as Iran spy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:07am

A German-Afghan man who worked for years as an interpreter and adviser for the German military went on trial Monday on charges of spying for Iranian intelligence.

Populist party could leave Norwegian govt over IS woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 3:28am

Norway's populist Progress Party could leave the center-right government coalition over a decision to bring back home an Islamic State group-linked woman and her two children from a detention camp in Syria.

AP sources: Security probe targets Trump's Russia adviser

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 4:37pm

A White House adviser on Europe and Russia issues has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, two people with knowledge of his exit said Sunday.

Russian group reports 8 arrests at Moscow human rights march

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:37am

A Russian group that monitors political repressions said eight people were detained by police Sunday at a march in Moscow commemorating a human rights lawyer and a journalist who were fatally shot 11 years ago.