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Ethiopia refuses World Bank arbitration over Nile River dam

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s leader has rejected arbitration by the World Bank on a disagreement with Egypt over the hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Saturday refused the suggestion made by Egypt in late December that the World Bank should be brought in to resolve the dispute with Ethiopia …

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The Latest: Crowd small, but proud for Paris women’s march

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on women’s marches taking place around the world (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Protesters have gathered near the Eiffel Tower to rally against sexual misconduct and sex discrimination in solidarity with women’s marches marking the anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency. Heavy rain fell in Paris during the event on Sunday, which could have been a …

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‘It’s good to be back’: Gut’s win marks return from injury

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — With Mikaela Shiffrin dominating the World Cup circuit this season, it can seem like a distant memory when the American was locked in a tight battle with Lara Gut for last year’s title. That’s because that contest ended prematurely when Gut ruptured her left ACL last February in a crash during slalom warmups for the …

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The Latest: Syria says Turkish offensive aids ‘terrorists’

HASSA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Syria’s President Bashar Assad says Turkey’s “brutal aggression” against a Syrian Kurdish enclave is part and parcel of Ankara’s support of “terrorists.” Assad’s comments came during his meeting Sunday with the visiting head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Kharrazi. Assad said Turkey …

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

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

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. After 365 days in the Oval Office, Trump has found that his drive to deliver quickly on campaign promises has yielded to the sobering reality of governing …

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The Latest: German Social Dems vote to enter coalition talks

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on efforts to create a new coalition government in Germany (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Germany’s Social Democrats have voted to enter coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, a key step toward ending political gridlock and forming a new government. Delegates in Bonn voted 362 to 279 on Sunday in favor of opening the …

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Democrats, GOP hold out hope for ending government shutdown

Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Joseph Crowley, Linda Sanchez

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. Democratic lawmakers challenged the president to get more involved and to …

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Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would demand that lawmakers reopen the government. Pence said they deserved their pay and benefits and …

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Families of Islamist prisoners in Lebanon rally for amnesty

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have rallied in the Lebanese capital demanding that Islamist prisoners be part of a discussed general amnesty. The rally in central Beirut Sunday was attended by hundreds of families of Islamist prisoners. They were pressing the government to include their relatives in a general amnesty expected to come ahead of the country’s first election …

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Screen Actors Guild Awards to honor film and TV performances

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild Awards will honor the best performances in film and television from the past year on Sunday night, but not without also tackling the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood and efforts to improve the industry’s treatment of women. This year’s show will feature a mostly female roster of presenters and its first …

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