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British director Ken Loach participates in a media conference prior to receiving an honorary degree from the Brussels ULB university in Brussels on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The university has come under criticism alleging it was too tolerant by awarding Loach an honorary doctorate, since the director has been accused in the past of anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
April 26, 2018 - 12:44 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brussels ULB university honored British director Ken Loach with a special doctorate on Thursday despite veiled criticism from Prime Minister Charles Michel and outspoken rebukes from Jewish organizations about anti-Semitism allegations. Loach, who is known for his strong defense...
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Toni Battle stands inside a display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings, which opened to the public Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala. Battle, who drove from San Francisco to attend said "I'm a descendant of three lynching victims," her face wet with tears. "I wanted to come and honor them and also those in my family that couldn't be here." (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
April 26, 2018 - 12:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of people lined up in the rain to get a first look at a lynching memorial and museum that opened Thursday in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice commemorates 4,400 black people who were slain in lynchings and other racial killings...
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April 26, 2018 - 12:18 pm
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's stock-car-racing governor is questioning whether to race this season at a local speedway where many spectators are hunters after an outcry over gun restriction legislation he signed. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Phil Scott says the governor is checking with the...
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April 26, 2018 - 12:15 pm
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's stock-car-racing governor is questioning whether to race this season at a local speedway where many spectators are hunters after a public outcry over gun restriction legislation he signed. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Phil Scott says the governor is checking with...
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April 26, 2018 - 11:13 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican state senator from upstate New York says she won't seek another term this November. Sen. Kathy Marchione (mahr-shee-OHN') of Halfmoon announced her decision Wednesday. She said she wants to spend more time with family, including her aging mother and four...
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April 26, 2018 - 10:15 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The government says Romania should reduce the number of brown bears by 2,000 in the next decade to protect the existing bear population. The environment ministry said Thursday that Romania had between 6,050 to 6,640 brown bears in 2016. It said 4,000 bears was an optimum...
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Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, second left, speaks with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, second right, during a meeting on the sidelines of a conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' at the EU Council building in Brussels, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)
April 26, 2018 - 10:10 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Lebanon's foreign minister has criticized the U.N. refugee agency, saying it's warning Syrian refugees in Lebanon not to return to their war-torn country. Gibran Bassil told reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday...
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April 26, 2018 - 9:52 am
MADRID (AP) — Women's rights groups protested Thursday after a court in northern Spain sentenced five men to nine years each in prison for the lesser crime of sexual abuse in what activists saw as a gang rape during the 2016 running of the bulls festival in Pamplona. "It's not abuse, it's rape!"...
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Fragments of US "tomahawk" cruise missiles captured by Syrian forces in recent attack, are displayed at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The Russian military has indicated it will supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defense system, after condemning a missile attack launched by the U.S., Britain and France earlier this month. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
April 26, 2018 - 9:43 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Britain and France denounced on Thursday as a stunt and an "obscene masquerade" a move by Russia to produce Syrian witnesses who Moscow says were filmed in "staged videos" in the aftermath of a reported chemical weapons attack. Russian officials brought the purported...
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Porn actress Stormy Daniels arrives at federal court in New York, Monday, April 16, 2018, to attend a court hearing where a federal judge is considering how to review materials that the FBI seized from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer to determine whether they should be protected by attorney-client privilege. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 26, 2018 - 9:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that his personal attorney Michael Cohen represented him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal," after previously denying any knowledge of a payment Cohen made to the porn actress alleging an affair with Trump. Trump spoke by phone Thursday to "...
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