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Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds

  KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The demolitions began in 2009 near a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province and were [...]

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Anti-government protest in Albania’s capital

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Albanians protested on Saturday against their government’s economic policies, including tax and energy price increases. The demonstration on the main boulevard of Tirana, the capital, also demanded action against the country’s unemployment rate of nearly 18 percent. The protest, which ended peacefully at mid-afternoon, was held by [...]

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Democrats preparing for Hillary Clinton campaign

  NEW YORK (AP) — A nexus of Democratic groups is preparing for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s widely anticipated presidential campaign. Ready for Hillary, a Democratic super PAC unaffiliated with the former secretary of state, is convening a daylong meeting of Clinton insiders on Friday for strategy sessions aimed at helping elect Clinton if she runs. [...]

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Bush seeks common ground with education critics

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a national backlash over Common Core education standards, potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday that the set of state benchmarks should be “the new minimum” for America’s classrooms. “For those states choosing a path other than Common Core, I say this: Aim even higher, be bolder, raise [...]

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ABC, CBS, NBC won’t carry Obama

  NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Univision network is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show the address. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all planned to air Obama live. Obama [...]

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UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

  LONDON (AP) — In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and [...]

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US stocks jump early after rate cut from China

  U.S. financial markets surged in early trading Friday as investors cheered a surprise interest rate cut in China and a hint of further stimulus for Europe from the head of the region’s central bank. The rally extended gains from a day before, pushing the major market indexes further into record territory. KEEPING SCORE: The [...]

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White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period. The president’s critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as [...]

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Narco culture surrounded slain Miss Honduras

  SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) — Maria Jose Alvarado expected some difficult questions about her country at the Miss World pageant in London, so the 19-year-old beauty queen enlisted a teacher to help her prepare. They reviewed the history of Honduras, including the military-backed coup in 2009 that sent the president into exile. They went [...]

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Boehner: ‘We will not stand idle’ on immigration

  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is “damaging the presidency itself” with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen. But the Ohio Republican offers no hint of what steps the House might take to block Obama’s move to offer [...]

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White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period. The president’s critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as [...]

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