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  • Trump to give speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a Hispanic Small Business Leaders round table meeting at the Trump Hotel in Las VegasU.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday night that he would make a major speech on illegal immigration in Arizona on Wednesday. The announcement came a day after Trump said he would crack down on illegal immigrants who overstay their visas, as he sought to clarify his views on how to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Last week, Trump had said he was "softening" on his plan to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants.


  • Trump vows crackdown on immigrants who overstay visas if elected

    Republican nominee Donald Trump speaks at "Joni's Roast and Ride" in Des MoinesBy Steve Holland DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered fresh details of how he would tackle illegal immigration on Saturday, saying he would crack down on those who overstay their visas as he sought to quiet criticism from conservatives. In a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump also cited the shooting death of a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade to urge African-American voters to rally behind him, calling it an example of violence that has to be addressed. Trump, speaking on the Iowa State Fairgrounds with hay bales stacked behind him, sought to clarify his views on how to overhaul the U.S. immigration system after saying earlier in the week that he was softening on his plan to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants.


  • Germany's economy minister: U.S.-EU free trade talks have failed

    Protesters depicting Statue of Liberty and Europa on the bull take part in a demonstration against TTIP free trade agreement ahead of U.S. President Obama's visit in Hannover, Germany April 23, 2016.Germany's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday that talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a free trade deal being negotiated by the United States and the European Union, had essentially failed. "Things are not moving on that front," said Gabriel, who is also Germany's vice chancellor. The U.S. and the EU have been negotiating the TTIP for three years and both sides had sought to conclude talks in 2016 but they have differences over various issues, including agriculture.


  • Former Obama aide calls Trump a 'psychopath'

    Then White House senior adviser Plouffe walks to the Marine One helicopter to depart with U.S. President Obama for a day trip, from the White House in WashingtonA former top adviser to President Barack Obama on Sunday labeled Donald Trump a "psychopath", saying the Republican presidential nominee met the clinical definition of the personality disorder. With a little more than two months to go before the Nov. 8 U.S. election, the comments by David Plouffe, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and manager of his 2008 presidential campaign, mark another escalation in a series of blows exchanged between Trump's camp and that of his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton. "Basically, you have a psychopath running for president.


  • Party faithful: Inside look at the California GOP convention Hundreds of protesters surrounded the Hyatt Regency in a normally sleepy suburb of San Francisco. Some even attempted to charge through police barricades into the lobby. The source of their frustration: Donald Trump.
  • What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far ER visits are up, and heavier use among young adults reported, but the decreased stigma surrounding recreational pot blunts findings.
  • Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog named Lucca the prestigious Dickin Medal.
  • Spate of police officers fatally shot is ‘very chilling’ Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer, a Marine veteran and father of two, is the 16th law enforcement officer to be killed by a gunman this year — a 129 percent increase over the first three months of 2015. “The numbers are very chilling,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.
  • Obama seeks to loosen restrictions on opioid abuse medication President Obama outlined a number of new actions aimed at combating the country’s deadly opioid epidemic on Tuesday.
  • On the Brink: The Story of One French Teenager Who Almost Joined ISIS

    On the Brink: The Story of One French Teenager Who Almost Joined ISIS“I always wanted to preserve [my son] from this,” Fathima said, her face obscured in darkness to conceal her identity. It was Nov. 2014 -- just months after ISIS declared its caliphate across Iraq and Syria -- when her son, Omar, was first approached by Muslim men on the streets across from their suburban home. “They said this [Syria] is where we have to help the Muslim brothers,” Omar told ABC News.


  • OPINION: LZ Granderson on Trump's Comments to Black Voters

    OPINION: LZ Granderson on Trump's Comments to Black VotersIn 1932 a quarter of the American workforce was unemployed, housing prices had fallen by 10.5 percent and President Herbert Hoover’s inability to turn things around paved the way for Franklin D. Roosevelt to win the White House in one of the biggest landslides in presidential election history. I want to talk about how this two-party system has handcuffed black voters but to do so would requires a campfire.


  • Hillary Clinton Rejects Donald Trump's 'Bigot' Comments

    Hillary Clinton Rejects Donald Trump's 'Bigot' CommentsIn an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” she claimed Trump's campaign was "built on prejudice and paranoia," a theme she had brought up at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada. "It is deeply disturbing that he is taking hate groups that lived in the dark regions of the internet making them mainstream, helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party," Clinton continued.


  • Wednesday speech could clarify Trump's immigration policy

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, surprises patrons at Millie's Diner in Richmond, Va. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, during an impromptu visit by the candidate to the popular restaurant. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced he'll be making a speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday in Arizona, after a week of speculation that he might be softening his hard-line promise to deport 11 million people living in the United States illegally.


  • The Latest: Trump says he'll speak Wednesday on immigration

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Joni's Roast and Ride during a fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):


  • Politicos spar over ethics surrounding Clinton Foundation

    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College, in Reno, Nev. Republicans and Democrats sparred Sunday over whether Hillary Clinton crossed ethical lines during her tenure as secretary of state by talking with people outside the government who had contributed to her family's philanthropy foundation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats sparred Sunday over whether Hillary Clinton crossed ethical lines during her tenure as secretary of state by talking with people outside the government who had contributed to her family's philanthropy foundation.


  • A guide to Florida's primary election

    In this Aug. 17, 2016 photo, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, right, listens to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman during a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Crist is running as a democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 13th District in Florida. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters will go to the polls Tuesday and select the nominees for U.S. Senate, decide whether to amend the state constitution to give a property tax break to promote solar energy and have a say in who should represent them in the U.S. House. Here's a look at the races and issues facing Florida on Election Day.


  • First family goes hiking in national park in Virginia

    Motorcade vehicles escorting President Barack Obama and members of his family arrive at entrance to Prince William Forest Park in Va., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The president and first family are planning on hiking at the national park during their visit to the area. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family are hiking at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Their visit Sunday comes as the National Park Service's celebrates its centennial.


  • The Pentagon has shipped more than a million small arms to Iraq and Afghanistan’s defense forces The quantity of arms exported – worth several billion dollars – is greater than the number of personnel in their security forces
  • Reports to the federal government about military voting often are flawed Reports to the federal government about military voting often are flawed.
  • Frustrated with Democrats, white working-class voters turn to Trump Frustrated with Democrats, white working-class voters turn to Trump.
  • Brazil's Rousseff to face accusers in impeachment showdown

    Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rides a bicycle in the area around the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on August 28, 2016Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff will confront her accusers Monday in a dramatic finale to a Senate impeachment trial likely to end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country. Rousseff's testimony will come just hours before a final vote to decide her fate, with everything pointing to her being convicted. Rousseff, 68, is accused of having taken illegal state loans to patch budget holes.


  • Colombia ceasefire to end half-century war in hours

    A woman walks past a mural that reads "Bilateral ceasefire" on a street in El Palo, Colombia, on August 28, 2016A historic midnight ceasefire is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and FARC rebels. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday issued the order for its fighters to observe the cease fire from midnight (0500 GMT Monday). "I order all our commanders and units and each one of our combatants to definitively cease fire and hostilities against the Colombian state from midnight tonight" top FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez said in a declaration before the media in Cuba, where peace talks were held.


  • UN chief concerned about Western Sahara tensions

    Members of the Sahrawi People's Liberation Army are pictured on July 8, 2016UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Morocco and the Polisario movement campaigning for the independence of Western Sahara to withdraw soldiers and fighters from a buffer strip who have sent tensions soaring. Ban said he was "deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in southwestern Western Sahara" between the Moroccan berm that marks Rabat's area of control and the Mauritanian border. The UN mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, will hold discussions with both sides to de-escalate tensions, he added.


  • Scant rallies for Brazil's Rousseff before big day

    Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rides her bicycle in the area of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on August 28, 2016Brasília (AFP) - Supporters of Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff rallied Sunday as she prepared for her dramatic last stand at an impeachment trial expected to see her fired within days. The first small street rallies began in the capital as Brazil headed for the last dramatic act in a political drama that is expected to end 13 years of leftist rule in the huge recession-stricken country. Rousseff, 68, will defend herself in person on Monday against hostile senators seeking to impeach her for what they say were illegal state accounting maneuvers.


  • Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site

    Iranian students form a human chain during a protest to defend their country's nuclear program outside the Fordo Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom in 2013Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, state television said Sunday. Protecting nuclear facilities is paramount "in all circumstances" General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran's air defences, told the IRIB channel. "Today, Iran's sky is one of the most secure in the region," he added.


  • Anti-burkini law would be 'unconstitutional': French minister

    Women join a demonstration outside the French Embassy in London on August 26, 2016It would be "unconstitutional" for France to pass a law banning the burkini and such a move could cause irreparable harm, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned in an interview published online late Sunday. Speaking to French daily La Croix, Cazeneuve reiterated the government's opposition to legislating on the controversial matter which has sparked fierce debate both at home and abroad about women's rights and France's strictly-guarded secularism. Around 30 coastal resorts have recently banned women from wearing the full-body swimwear on their beaches, although France's highest administrative court on Friday overturned the measure in one town, in a ruling likely to set a legal precedent which will affect the others.


  • Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire

    Children walk along a street near a white flag on August 26, 2016, in San Miguel, Tolima department, Colombia, one of the 22 areas where FARC former rebels will be relocated after the signing of a peace accordA historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs battled in the jungles in what is considered Latin America's last major civil armed conflict. "The end of the conflict has arrived!" President Juan Manuel Santos exulted on his Twitter account Friday, after signing a decree to halt military operations against the FARC.


  • Gabon opposition chief claims election victory

    Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping greets his supporters outside his party headquarters in Libreville on August 28, 2016Gabon's main opposition candidate Jean Ping claimed Sunday he had been elected president, prompting incumbent Ali Bongo to say that he will wait for official results to be released. The official tally of votes will not be published until Tuesday and some voters voiced fears of a repeat of the violence seen after a disputed 2009 election. Bongo responded later by saying that he was waiting for official results to be released from Saturday's election.


  • Germany, Paris, Warsaw call for closer ties post-Brexit

    Seated R-L: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski meet in the city of Weimar on August 28, 2016The German, French and Polish foreign ministers vowed Sunday to increase ties between their countries when Britain leaves the EU to secure a safer and more effective union. "Confronted by unparallelled challenges in Europe... (we must) intensify cooperation and create a new drive," Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Witold Waszczykowski said in a joint statement. Talks between the 27 EU nations remaining in the bloc are likely to be challenging, as Berlin's preferred vision of a centralised, federal Europe clashes with proposals for a confederation of nation states popular among leaders of eastern EU members.


  • Yemen govt cautiously welcomes US peace plan

    Yemenis walk amid the rubble of a house in the Huthi rebel-held capital Sanaa after it was reportedly hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strikeYemen's exiled government has said it welcomes in principle a US-backed plan to resume peace talks with Iran-backed rebels on the basis of forming a unity government. In Sanaa, the rebels said they had discussed the establishment of a government, and said they would respond "positively" to any attempt to end the conflict. Meeting in Riyadh, the Yemeni cabinet gave an "initial welcoming to the ideas that came out of the meeting in Jeddah," which included US Secretary of State John Kerry, the government's sabanew.net website said late Saturday.


  • Libyan forces push into last IS-held areas of Sirte

    Members of forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord fire at enemy positions on August 28, 2016 in the coastal city of SirteForces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold. The battle for the hometown of Libya's slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. "The final battle for Sirte has started," said Reda Issa, a spokesman for the pro-GNA forces, as loyalist forces thrust into two districts of the city where IS still holds positions.


  • Turkey ramps up Syria offensive with deadly bombings

    Turkish soldiers drive a tank to Syria from the border city of Karkamis in the Gaziantep region on August 27, 2016Dozens of people were killed in Turkish bombardments in Syria on Sunday as Ankara ramped up its unprecedented offensive against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants. Ankara said it had killed 25 Kurdish "terrorists" and insisted the army was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties.


  • EU nations must not to refuse Muslim migrants: Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives her summer interview with journalists of German public TV chain ARD on August 28, 2016 in BerlinThe refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is "unacceptable", Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc. "That's not right at all that some countries say: 'generally speaking, we don't want to have Muslims in our countries'," Merkel told German public television channel ARD. A common European migration policy is a highly controversial issue, which will be on the agenda of an EU summit next month, with eastern members the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia refusing to take in refugees under an EU-wide quota system championed by Berlin.


  • Gabon President Ali Bongo vows to 'calmly' await election results

    Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and his wife Sylvia greet supporters after casting their vote on August 27, 2016 in LibrevilleGabon's President Ali Bongo said Sunday that he is "calmly" waiting for the result of the country's presidential election to be published, after his rival Jean Ping claimed victory following Saturday's vote. "We respect the law... so we are waiting calmly for Cenap (the national election commission) to announce the results of the election," Bongo told a crowd of supporters in his first public remarks since the poll.


  • Turkey to fight IS, Syrian Kurdish militia with 'same determination': Erdogan

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured on August 26, 2016, told a rally in Gaziantep, "We will make any kind of contribution to the work to clear Daesh (IS) from Syria"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday to devote equal energy to combatting Islamic State jihadists and Syrian Kurdish fighters, on the fifth day of a major offensive that has left dozens dead. "We will make any kind of contribution to the work to clear Daesh (IS) from Syria," Erdogan told a rally in the southern city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border. "For the issue of the PYD (Democratic Union Party) terror group in Syria, we have just the same determination," he added, referring to the main pro-Kurdish party in northern Syria and its People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.


  • French environment minister announces partnerships in Iran

    Iran's Vice President and Minister of State for Environmental Protection Masoumeh Ebtekar (R) attends a press conference with French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal, following their meeting in Tehran on August 28, 2016France's environment minister signed Sunday a plan for French firms to help tackle Iran's environmental problems, but criticised the refusal of her country's banks to work with the Islamic republic. Segolene Royal met in Tehran with the head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organisation, Massoumeh Ebtekar, and a group of ministers, agreeing to work together on the water shortage, energy efficiency and pollution problems facing Iran.


  • Trump immigration policy to be 'fair and humane': campaign chief

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa on August 27, 2016Donald Trump is committed to a "fair and humane" approach to securing America's borders, but details of his evolving immigration policy will be revealed at a later time, his presidential campaign team said on Sunday. The Republican presidential candidate's hardline stance on repatriating the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States has been a central tenet of Trump's White House campaign -- and a hugely popular selling point to his most ardent supporters.


  • Iran says 'nuclear spy' arrested, bailed

    Iran and the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia negotiated for more than two years before signing a historic agreement in July 2015Iran has arrested a "spy" involved in the nuclear negotiations with world powers but has not yet formally charged the suspect, the judiciary's spokesman told reporters on Sunday. Legal action has been instigated against him and he has been released on bail," the official IRNA news agency quoted Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie as saying at his weekly press conference. On August 16, the Tehran prosecutor announced the arrest of a British-Iranian on suspicion of links to Britain's intelligence service.


  • Saudi city soldiers on as civilian toll mounts

    Saudis wait next to wreckages at a market for vehicles on August 27, 2016 in the Saudi border city of Najran, a week after it was struck by a rocket fired from YemenIt doesn't look like there is war in Najran. Not when you drive down King Abdul Aziz Road in the late afternoon sun, past the luxury hotel, the hypermarket and the sprawling gym in this southern Saudi city near the border with Yemen. The boy brings to at least 31 the number of civilians killed in Najran since early last year, when Yemen's Huthi rebels and their allies began bombarding southern Saudi Arabia in retaliation for air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.


  • Choosing to Stay in the Mormon Church Despite Its Racist Legacy It’s been six years since I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each year has been a lesson in faith and doubt, stretching and engaging what it means to be black, a woman, and Mormon. The decision to join on my own was not an easy one. As the child of a Protestant mother and a father who converted to Islam in his teens, I was doing something unheard of in my family by becoming a Mormon. And as a black woman, I had a heightened awareness of what it means to potentially be the only black person in any given congregation in the United States.