Government and politics

In this image made from video taken on March 11, 2016, entrepreneur Michael Spavor speaks during a friendly ice hockey match between visiting foreigners and North Korean players in Pyongyang, North Korea. A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations. Canada's Global Affairs department on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, said Spavor, an entrepreneur who is one of the only Westerners to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had gone missing in China. Spavor's disappearance follows China's detention of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing earlier this week. (AP Photo)
December 12, 2018 - 11:23 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The apparent detentions of two Canadian men in China this week have raised the stakes in a three-way international dispute with the United States. The Canadian government confirmed reports late Wednesday that Michael Spavor, a China-based entrepreneur who organizes tours to North...
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, Michael Spavor, center, an entrepreneur, is seen with former NBA star Dennis Rodman, left, on the arrival at the capital airport for a flight to North Korea, in Beijing, China. A second Canadian man has gone missing in China and is feared detained in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei, Canadian authorities said late Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Canada's Global Affairs department identified its missing citizen as Spavor, an entrepreneur who is one of the only Westerners to have ever met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Spavor's disappearance follows China's detention of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing earlier this week.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
December 12, 2018 - 8:06 pm
TORONTO (AP) — A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations. Canada's Global Affairs...
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A man is silhouetted as he walks by a Huawei retail store at a shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. China's foreign minister vowed Tuesday to protect its citizens abroad as a Canadian court decided whether to release a technology executive on bail in a case that has riled U.S.-Chinese relations. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
December 12, 2018 - 6:16 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The latest on the frictions between Canada and China over the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive (all times local): 9:10 p.m. An official familiar with the matter says the Canadian man missing in China and feared detained is entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Spavor is director of the...
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A French police officer controls a car in the city of Strasbourg, eastern France, following a shooting, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Police union officials identified the suspected assailant as Frenchman Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old with a thick police record for crimes including armed robbery and monitored as a suspected religious radical by the French intelligence services. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 12, 2018 - 4:58 pm
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France (all times local): 8:15 French authorities have issued a wanted poster and are calling for witnesses amid a massive manhunt for the suspected shooter nearly 24 hours after a deadly attack at the Strasbourg...
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France's President Emmanuel Macron, center, France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, and France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, right, attend a meeting with the representatives of the banking sector at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec.11, 2018. Macron met with representatives of the banking sector to discuss responses to bring to the Yellow Vest protesters' claims. The meeting comes one day after he speed up tax relief and to boost the purchasing power of struggling workers and retirees in a national television address. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)
December 12, 2018 - 4:33 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of protests that caused mayhem across the country — and now a new extremist attack that's putting France on renewed terror alert. Striving to show he's responding to "yellow vest" protesters'...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 file photo, Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz sits in the courtroom for issues dealing with procedural motions at the Broward Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There were plenty of missteps in communication, security and school policy before and during the Florida high school massacre that allowed a gunman to kill 17 people. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission will consider proposals Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, and Thursday, Dec. 13, including whether to arm trained teachers who volunteer. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
December 12, 2018 - 3:53 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...
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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, talks to U.N. climate conference president, Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka, left, after flying back to the event to urge more effort from the negotiators as they seek ways of fighting climate change, in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo)
December 12, 2018 - 2:35 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general called on countries to make compromises in tackling global warming, amid concern that the U.N. conference on the issue could end without a substantial agreement. In his second dramatic appeal at the talks in Poland in the space of 10 days...
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File - This June 21, 2017, file photo shows a women's area at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility. The federal facility, operated under contract by The GEO Group, is used to house people detained on immigration and other violations. A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 12, 2018 - 12:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays in asylum cases, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, but she said the...
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December 12, 2018 - 12:39 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Brazilian couple to minimal prison sentences for helping their daughter kidnap their grandson, who has been living in Brazil for the last five years after being taken from Texas. Carlos Guimaraes was sentenced to three months in prison while his wife...
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, a driver uses a cellphone while driving in Los Angeles. California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The Mercury News said Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, the proposal is scheduled for a vote next month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
December 12, 2018 - 10:40 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state...
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