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Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro's exit in Venezuela WASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro's regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader's peaceful exit from power. Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, ...

The two American men accused of orchestrating the former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape from Tokyo are making a last-ditch appeal to the Trump administration to avoid being sent to face trial in Japan. After a federal magistrate in Boston authorized Japan's extradition request in September, representatives for former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter wrote to officials in the ...

MIAMI - Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country's opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process. Last month a senior State Department official warned political ...

WASHINGTON - "Border Patrol Agents Rescue Woman in Labor," the release from Customs and Border Protection read on Friday. What border officials didn't mention was that, just hours after their purported rescue, they separated the Honduran immigrant from her newborn and detained her pending possible removal, according to lawyers and advocates. Border agents responding to a 911 call Wednesday ...

ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter has added another year to an already-remarkable life, turning 96 on Oct. 1. While Carter has shown signs of slowing down - he did not appear in person at the recent Democratic National Convention but did send a video message - the man who is inarguably the nation's most active ex-president in history is still making his presence felt on political and global stages. With ...

DULUTH, Minn. - Five weeks before the election, President Donald Trump was back in Minnesota on Wednesday, raising money and rallying a few thousand supporters on a cool, blustery night. He falsely took credit for adding many jobs to the Iron Range, a refrain he also sounded a year ago when visiting Minneapolis, and expressed support for some of the area's most controversial topics, including ...

MIAMI - A pro-immigrant group that is lambasting President Donald Trump in battleground states for what it says is racist anti-Asian rhetoric is now turning its attention to the Haitian American community in Florida. Created by Immigrants List Civic Action Inc., the 54-second radio and TV ad in English and Haitian-Creole is called the "Greatest Threat" and attempts to use Trump's own words ...

OTTAWA, Ontario - John Turner, the former Canadian prime minister who opposed efforts to bring his country into a free-trade agreement with the U.S., has died. He was 91. Turner died Saturday in Toronto, according to a government statement. Canada's 17th prime minister, Turner's tenure lasted less than three months, the second-shortest in the country's history, after he replaced Pierre Trudeau ...

ATLANTA - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Trump administration Tuesday to investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging deplorable conditions at a federal immigration detention center in South Georgia. Filed by a coalition of advocacy groups with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the 27-page complaint alleges a high number of hysterectomies ...

Julian Assange's extradition hearing resumed in London after a seven-month hiatus, with the judge rejecting an attempt by attorneys for the WikiLeaks founder to set aside the allegations of a broader U.S. indictment. A new charge sheet against Assange arrived "desperately late," giving his team no time to respond, his lawyer, Mark Summers, said Monday. The allegations that Assange conspired ...

U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said a trade deal with the European Union is "there for the taking," but warned the British government won't accept the bloc's positions on fisheries and state aid. "No other country would accept being bound or controlled by the EU's rules," Raab told Sky News ahead of the next round of negotiations in London. "This week is an important moment for the EU to ...

SAN DIEGO - A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed down a long-anticipated opinion in the case of four Somali men convicted of aiding terrorists, ruling that the government illegally collected the telephone metadata of millions of Americans as part of a sweeping surveillance program. Even so, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of the four men, ruling that the ...

A U.S. judge temporarily blocked a Trump administration plan to allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents rather than trained specialists to conduct interviews of asylum-seekers to assess whether they have a "credible fear" of persecution at home. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., forcefully rejected as "poppycock" the government's claim that CBP's training is ...

PHILADELPHIA - An undocumented, seriously injured Guatemalan immigrant who supporters say was nearly "medically repatriated" by Jefferson Health to a homeland less able to help him has now been moved to a long-term care facility in the Philadelphia region. "If we had not gone to the hospital and raised a stink, he would be in Guatemala right now, and might not be alive right now," said ...

MIAMI - Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory were among the more than 100 people who marched in downtown Miami on Saturday as part of a series of rallies stretching across Florida ostensibly organized to raise awareness about child sex trafficking. Though some demonstrators held vague signs asking to "save our children," others hinted at - or spoke publicly about - what they believe is an ...

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered immediate testing of all detainees and staff at a Bakersfield immigration detention center where COVID-19 was spreading for weeks while officials refused to test for the virus. After receiving results on Friday showing that nearly half of the detainees tested earlier in the week were positive, federal District Court Judge Vince ...

LODI, Calif. - Three weeks ago on a Saturday evening, Irma Barbosa was startled by a knock on her door in this San Joaquin Valley town. It was the landlord's son. She was two months behind on her rent. As she stood in the faded yellow threshold of her $300 unit, which lacks running water and is nearly entirely filled by a twin bed, he told her to be gone by 5 a.m. the next day, she said. ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California has spent $43 million suing President Donald Trump's administration over the past four years in a legal campaign that the state's Democratic attorney general says has saved billions of dollars in funding the state would have lost had the White House carried out its policies. The lawsuits have prevented or stalled the Trump administration's efforts to put a ...

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HONG KONG - Hong Kong's government on Saturday called U.S.-imposed sanctions against senior officials responsible for a recent crackdown on political opponents "shameless and despicable." The United States on Friday sanctioned Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other officials, in response to the imposition of a Chinese national security law on the territory. In language closely ...

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