Government and politics

A giant mask depicting French President Emmanuel Macron is burned during a demonstration in Paris, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. French public services workers have gone on strike as part of their protest a government plan to cut 120,000 jobs by 2022. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
May 22, 2018 - 4:14 pm
PARIS (AP) — Clashes between police and groups of masked youths erupted Tuesday on the sidelines of a labor march in Paris, forcing protesting civil servants to stand clear of flying debris and tear gas canisters. About 200 young people from outside the authorized trade union demonstration took...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, former President Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington. Robert Mueller charged former campaign chairman Paul Manafort with failing to register as a foreign agent despite being paid millions from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party, and court papers show Flynn did undisclosed work directed in part by Turkish government officials. A federal case against a Pakistani man is putting Washington lobbyists on notice. The prosecution reflects what officials say is a more aggressive enforcement strategy against unregistered foreign agents that began before Robert Mueller’s investigation laid bare a shadowy world of international influence peddling. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 22, 2018 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A recent and rare prosecution of a Pakistani man in Maryland under a relatively obscure lobbying law has many in the multimillion dollar world of foreign influence in Washington bracing for more. The prosecution of Nisar Ahmed Chaudhry reflects what current and former Justice...
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President Donald Trump talks to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he departs the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon report to Congress says North Korea sees nuclear weapons as central to its security, an assessment that would seem to complicate President Donald Trump's effort to persuade the North's dictator, Kim Jong Un, to give them up. The report was delivered to Congress in April...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014, file photo, people gather at the ZTE booth at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has halted its main operations after U.S. authorities cut off its access to American suppliers as President Donald Trump steps up pressure over trade and technology issues with Beijing. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
May 22, 2018 - 2:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are working toward an agreement that would ease U.S. sanctions that were imposed on ZTE Corp. and let the Chinese telecommunications giant stay in business. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the deal might require ZTE to revamp its board and to...
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FILE -- Feb. 27, 2018 file photo showing Giuseppe Conte, in Rome. Conte is mentioned by Italian media as a leading candidate to become a new Italian government premier. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
May 22, 2018 - 2:51 pm
ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government. Say the name "Conte" and the one who...
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In this May 11, 2018, photo, Danielle Schumacher, CEO and co-founder of THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce, smells some cannabis flowers at Berkeley Patients Group in Berkeley, Calif. Women have made inroads in the male-dominated cannabis business. But they still face a so-called grass ceiling as the industry grows and becomes more mainstream. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
May 22, 2018 - 2:50 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men. The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims he later met with Mohammed bin Salman, who by then had been elevated to crown prince, and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a lobbying effort to alter U.S. policy in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 22, 2018 - 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia...
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May 22, 2018 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved new restrictions for the use of cellphones and some other electronic devices in the Pentagon where classified information is present or discussed. But officials stopped far short of imposing an all-out ban. A memo signed by a top Pentagon...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2017 file photo, National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro appears before President Donald Trump arrives to sign executive orders regarding trade in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. After striking a delicate deal with the United Arab Emirates on rules for airline competition, the Trump administration went to war with itself about what the agreement actually said. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro repeatedly contradicted the State Department’s carefully crafted script. Behind the scenes, a dizzying scene of one-upmanship, word games and subtle subterfuge played out, magnified by lobbyists seeking to exploit divisions within the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 22, 2018 - 2:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After striking a delicate deal with the United Arab Emirates this month on rules for airline competition, the Trump administration went to war with itself. It's a story of how a wonky aviation pact became a bitter, lobbyist-fueled international incident when Peter Navarro,...
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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks next to Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., left, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., during a news conference with House members, where they called for a second prosecutor to investigate the Dept. of Justice and FBI, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 22, 2018 - 1:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Conservative House Republicans are demanding a new special counsel to investigate charges of misconduct at the Justice Department and FBI over the Russia probe. Their resolution calls...
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