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Federal shutdown enters Day 2 amid blame game on both sides

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:15:15 GMT2018-01-21T17:15:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's budget director is holding out hope that feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress can reach a short-term spending agreement before the start of the workweek Monday, but he worries that the government shutdown could last for several more days if progress remains elusive....

Sequel to Trump's first year opens with crises, unease

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:48:15 GMT2018-01-21T15:48:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sequel to President Donald Trump's first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease....

Global female empowerment marches enter second day

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:11:02 GMT2018-01-21T13:11:02Z

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- More demonstrations in support of female empowerment are planned around the world Sunday, a day after a host of marches and protests, several of them massive, marked the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration....

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:59:01 GMT2018-01-21T15:59:01Z

MIAMI (AP) -- The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country....

Taliban siege on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 18 dead

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:04:56 GMT2018-01-21T16:04:56Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was slain Sunday. The casualty toll expected to rise....

Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in northern Syria

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:36:28 GMT2018-01-21T16:36:28Z

HASSA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with a hail of rockets on Turkish towns that killed at least one refugee....

Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard's grip on economy

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:51:16 GMT2018-01-21T14:51:16Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy, the country's defense minister says, raising the possibility that the paramilitary organization might privatize some of its vast holdings....

Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivot

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:06:15 GMT2018-01-21T17:06:15Z

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's king appealed Sunday to Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Pope wraps Latin America trip haunted by Chile abuse scandal

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:45:46 GMT2018-01-21T16:45:46Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Peru on Sunday by meeting with bishops and nuns, but controversy over his accusations that Chilean sex abuse victims slandered a bishop cast a shadow over what has become the most contested and violent trip of his papacy....

North Korean girl band leader heads delegation to South

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:33:31 GMT2018-01-21T14:33:31Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday as part of an official delegation, triggering a media frenzy as she checked potential venues for performances during next month's Winter Olympics....