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FILE - In this June 13, 2014, file photo, Naftogaz chief executive officer Andriy Kobolyev speaks during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Federal prosecutors have interviewed the head of Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, File)
December 04, 2019 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have interviewed the head of Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an investigation into the business dealings of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two of Giuliani’s business associates. Andriy Kobolyev met voluntarily with...
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December 04, 2019 - 4:30 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A retired vice president at the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges, admitting he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches. Joe Ashton led the union's General Motors department until July 2014 and also had a seat on the...
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A BP oil refinery is at work in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2019. The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 takes place in Madrid until Dec. 13, 2019 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile with logistical support from the Government of Spain. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 04, 2019 - 3:07 pm
MADRID (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles as he arrives to President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
December 04, 2019 - 2:42 pm
WATFORD, England (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed the significance of repeated contacts between his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and phone numbers linked to the White House and its budget office — contacts that were first revealed in the House Intelligence Committee’s lengthy...
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Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 04, 2019 - 1:43 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic Rep. Denny Heck of Washington state said Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress. Heck is serving his fourth term representing Washington's 10th District, southwest of Seattle. He was first elected in 2012. Heck, 67, serves on the House Intelligence Committee, which...
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ADD KIM'S WIFE RI SOL JU AT RIGHT - This undated photo provided on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, with his wife Ri Sol Ju, right, riding on white horse during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. North Korea says leader Kim has taken a second ride on a white horse to a sacred mountain in less than two months. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 10:14 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain in his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported Wednesday, as his military chief lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for talking about a possible military option...
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French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, followed by Strasbourg chief Rabbi Harold Abraham Weill, second right, walk amid vandalized tombs in the Jewish cemetery of Westhoffen, west of the city of Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Regional authorities in eastern France say vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic inscriptions, including swastikas spray-painted in black, on 107 tombs in a Jewish cemetery. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
December 04, 2019 - 7:40 am
WESTHOFFEN, France (AP) — The French government is creating a national anti-hate crime office following the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner made the announcement Wednesday in the town of Westhoffen, where vandals...
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December 04, 2019 - 5:48 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s police on Wednesday blocked opposition leader Kizza Besigye from leading an anti-corruption march in competition with one organized by the president. Kampala’s Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango alleged the opposition was planning to create chaos in...
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters after a closed-door session with his Democratic members to prepare for a public hearing Wednesday with legal experts to examine the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 04, 2019 - 12:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission. When House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gavels open Wednesday's impeachment hearings against the nation’s 45th president, he’ll launch the business of actually writing an indictment against...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 file photo, President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, center, talks with Ukrainian boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, left, as they arrive to attend a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington. Former heavyweight boxing champion turned philanthropist and management thinker Wladimir Klitschko praises his home country of Ukraine in a year when it has had a starring role in politics and on television in the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 03, 2019 - 10:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from Democrats compiling evidence on impeachment revealed contact between President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee. The report released Tuesday includes phone records...
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