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Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid

Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON — The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the centre of President Donald Trump's impeachment, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday.
New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

NEW YORK — Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before a single game, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball.
Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister.
Boyhood and theatrics mark Paris Fashion Week men's shows

Boyhood and theatrics mark Paris Fashion Week men's shows

A giant beanstalk that penetrated a cloud-patterned sky-blue ceiling at Louis Vuitton's exhibition caused VIPs — including model Bella Hadid and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Ashton Sanders — marvel.
Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

KYIV, Ukraine — Police in Ukraine are investigating whether the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before the Trump administration recalled her from Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said Thursday.
Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future.
Buttigieg decision on police chief shadows presidential run

Buttigieg decision on police chief shadows presidential run

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Karen DePaepe had been waiting all day for a call back from Pete Buttigieg.
1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

TOMALI, Malawi — A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history's deadliest and most stubborn of diseases.
Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcano

Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcano

LEMERY, Philippines — A Philippine volcano that erupted last weekend belched smaller plumes of ash but shuddered frequently with earthquakes Thursday, prompting authorities to block access to nearby towns due to fears of a bigger eruption.

Nancy Pelosi hands out impeachment pens, a signing tradition

WASHINGTON — One by one, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked up pens lined up beside her and used them to sign a bit of her name on the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.