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Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea
Japan has announced it is freezing the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development

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NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact
NATO says it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads and believes it violates a landmark Cold War arms treaty
The kids are alright: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017
Oxford Dictionaries is recognizing the power of the millennial generation with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake
Brexit steals some of Britain's Christmas cheer
Brexit steals some of Britain's Christmas cheer
The uncertainty surrounding the future trade relations between Britain and the rest of the European Union are weighing on businesses, such as Champagne distributors in Britain ahead of Christmas
Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2-3 years in prison
Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2-3 years in prison
An Indonesian court has sentenced at least eight men arrested in a raid of a gay club and sauna to between 2 and 3 years in prison
Asian, European stocks fall as markets await US tax deal
Asian, European stocks fall as markets await US tax deal
Asian and European share benchmarks were mostly lower Friday as investors shrugged off upbeat data from Japan and waited to see if U.S. politicians could pass tax reform legislation before Christmas
The Latest: New 1st-degree murder charge in car ramming
The Latest: New 1st-degree murder charge in car ramming
The Ohio man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville has had his most serious charge upgraded to first-degree murder
Report on Kentucky legislator spotlights nonprofits' role
Report on Kentucky legislator spotlights nonprofits' role
A Kentucky investigative center's in-depth expose this week on a pastor-turned-politician highlights the increasing role of such nonprofit, nontraditional reporting organizations in the United States
Israeli police question Netanyahu again in corruption probe
Israeli police question Netanyahu again in corruption probe
Israeli police question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again as part of investigation into two corruption allegations
Russian court: ex-minister guilty of taking $2 million bribe
Russian court: ex-minister guilty of taking $2 million bribe
A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin
3 die in small plane crash in southwestern Germany
3 die in small plane crash in southwestern Germany
Prosecutors say two Austrians and a German have been killed in a crash of a small plane in southwestern Germany
Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change
Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change
World Inequality report says rich bound to get still richer with widening disparities in global incomes, wealth unless policies change
Complex life of Kentucky legislator ends in suicide
Complex life of Kentucky legislator ends in suicide
The death of Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson has jolted Republican leaders
AP Top U.S. News at 3:33 a.m. EST
AP Top U.S. News at 3:33 a.m. EST
Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze
Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze
The first firefighter has died in the battle against a series of major wildfires burning across Southern California
Omarosa's departure highlights lack of White House diversity
Omarosa's departure highlights lack of White House diversity
Omarosa Manigault Newman's departure from the White House is shining a light on Trump's diversity problem
AP Top Political News at 3:19 a.m. EST
AP Top Political News at 3:19 a.m. EST
Rubio threat on child tax credit puts bump in GOP tax path
Rubio threat on child tax credit puts bump in GOP tax path
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's potential defection has put a speed bump into GOP leaders' drive to push their big tax package through the Senate.
Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe
Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe
A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that most Americans think Donald Trump did something wrong regarding his presidential campaign's ties to Russia
California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market
California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market
California's legal marijuana market is finally, fitfully, taking shape
White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign
White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign
The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure.
House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress
House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress
House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved
AP Top News at 2:49 a.m. EST
AP Top News at 2:49 a.m. EST
Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional
US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea
US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea
The U.S. special envoy for North Korea has expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks
Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace
Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace, position new leader for election

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