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Ex-Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe dies at 85

  LONDON (AP) — Jeremy Thorpe, an influential British politician who helped revive the Liberal Party before his career was cut short by scandal, died on Thursday. He was 85. Thorpe’s death was announced by his son, Rupert, and was mourned by current party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and other party stalwarts. [...]

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Venezuela charges ex-lawmaker in alleged coup plot

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A leading opposition figure learned Wednesday she is being charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, a move she called an attempt to silence her and other critics of Venezuela’s socialist government. Maria Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, left a private [...]

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GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

  WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to a Republican congressman resigned Monday after her Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama’s daughters touched off a backlash. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, said 16-year-old Malia Obama and her sister Sasha, 13, should have shown more “class” at a turkey-pardoning ceremony last week [...]

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Obama faces shrinking pool of Pentagon contenders

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Thick-skinned candidate to oversee a sprawling bureaucracy bitten by budget cuts and join a national security team besieged by criticism. Must be tolerant of White House interference. The job conditions for President Barack Obama’s next defense secretary have already spurred some top contenders to bow out, leaving the White House [...]

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Ohio Sen. Portman rules out presidential bid

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House. The former White House budget chief and U.S. trade representative said he feels he can play an important role [...]

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Portman, Paul announcements affect 2016

  CINCINNATI (AP) — Two prominent Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they would seek a second term in the U.S. Senate, although their announcements had dramatically different implications on the 2016 presidential contest. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman declared he would not seek the presidency, choosing instead to focus on his Senate re-election. The former White House [...]

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House approves bill to stop Nazi benefit payments

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspected Nazi war criminals would be blocked from receiving Social Security benefits under a bill unanimously approved Tuesday by the House. The measure would shut a loophole that allowed suspected Nazis to be paid millions of dollars in benefits. Under the bill, benefits would be terminated for Nazi suspects who have [...]

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Eyeing 2016, Jeb Bush talks foreign policy

  CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Nearing a decision on a presidential run in 2016, Jeb Bush on Tuesday reaffirmed his support for the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and pushed for a foreign policy that he said could help repair the nation’s credibility after Barack Obama’s presidency. “Our allies don’t trust us and our [...]

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Hungary upset about John McCain comments on leader

  BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s foreign ministry says it has summoned the top American diplomat in Budapest after U.S. Sen. John McCain called Prime Minister Viktor Orban a “neo-fascist dictator.” McCain’s comments on Tuesday were made while unsuccessfully trying to persuade the U.S. Senate to reject President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next [...]

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US: World is watching how China handles Hong Kong

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The world is watching how China deals with Hong Kong and its commitments to preserve freedoms there amid continuing tensions over prodemocracy protests, the United States’ top diplomat for East Asia said Wednesday. Daniel Russel told a Senate panel the U.S. supports the right of citizens of the semi-autonomous Chinese city [...]

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US: Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians. Washington and Tehran are locked in tough negotiations [...]

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