Government and politics

FILE - In this May 27, 2006, file photo, Simon Bekoalok stands where the eroding land was when he was a child growning up in the now abandoned village of Shaktoolik, Alaska. Grants to turn dredged sediment into Texas marshland and to protect a small Alaska community from the Bering Sea are among 44 announced Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
November 18, 2019 - 10:23 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising...
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November 18, 2019 - 10:22 am
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan lawyer says prosecutors have charged 16 opposition activists with allegedly transporting weapons. The accused include 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to bring water to hunger strikers protesting the incarceration of relatives they say are...
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November 18, 2019 - 10:13 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court sentenced a Pakistani man Monday to 10 years in prison for plotting a terror attack on anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. The 27-year-old man, whose identity was not released by The Hague District Court, was given a higher sentence Monday than the six...
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November 18, 2019 - 9:21 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now...
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Protesters cover with umbrellas from tear gas canister in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Associated Press
November 18, 2019 - 9:01 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo Aimee Cutter, the owner of Beach House restaurant, walks through water surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La., ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Months after a storm, fire or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost Small Business Administration loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered physical damage in a declared disaster area. These loans are separate from those made available to homeowners and businesses who need to rebuild or repair. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)
November 18, 2019 - 8:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Months after a storm, fire, drought or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost government loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered...
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November 18, 2019 - 8:21 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A report by a Brazilian government agency says the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is at its highest in more than a decade. The National Institute for Space Research said Monday that deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square kilometers...
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A woman paints a closed gas station in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The blockades of former president Evo Morales' supporters on the outskirts of the main cities of Bolivia are causing a shortage of gasoline and food, which puts pressure on the interim government that seeks to open a dialogue to end four weeks of social and political upheaval. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Associated Press
November 18, 2019 - 8:02 am
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to resupply La Paz face challenges because pro-Morales demonstrators...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Acoma Pueblo Gov. Brian Vallo poses outside the Pueblo's cultural center about 60 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A ceremonial shield at the center of a yearslong international debate over exporting of sacred Native American objects to foreign markets has returned to New Mexico. U.S. and Acoma Pueblo officials planned Monday, Nov. 18 to announce the shield’s return from Paris, where it had been listed for bidding in 2016 before the EVE auction house took the rare step of halting its sale. “It will be a day of high emotion and thanksgiving,” Vallo said ahead of the shield’s expected return to his tribe. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)
November 18, 2019 - 7:34 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When a ceremonial Native American shield was returned last week to New Mexico, tribal leaders were there to greet the sacred piece that held a place in their cycle of ceremonies until it vanished from their centuries-old, mesa-top village in the 1970s. Nearly four years ago...
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Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen, left, is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron for a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen is in Paris for bilateral talks. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
November 18, 2019 - 6:18 am
PARIS (AP) — France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen have called for more unified European Union rules on granting asylum to better handle uncontrolled immigration. In a joint statement in Paris Monday, the two pushed for a “reinforced protection” of...
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