From left, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), the newly elected U.S. House Democratic le

Jeffries wins historic bid to lead House Dems after Pelosi

House Democrats ushered in a new generation of leaders on Wednesday with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected to be the first Black American to head a major political party in Congress at a pivotal time as long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside next year.

Walz signals openness to revived Sanford-Fairview merger

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz during an interview Wednesday in St. Paul expressed openness to the proposed merger of Fairview Health Services and Sanford He
The two health systems tried to combine in 2013, but the deal fell apart after resistance from Minnesota political leaders.

House votes to avert rail strike, impose deal on unions

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Demonstrators outside of the U.S. Capitol in support of rail labor unions on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. The House moved toward approving legislation on W
The U.S. House moved urgently to head off the looming nationwide rail strike on Wednesday, passing a bill that would bind companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached in September but rejected by some of the 12 unions involved.
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UN makes record aid appeal amid disasters, Ukraine war

The United Nations said Thursday that it is asking member states for a record $51.5 billion in aid funding for next year, as disasters and the ongoing war in Ukraine drive up humanitarian needs worldwide.
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Prayers? Bombs? Hawaii history shows stopping lava not easy

Prayer. Bombs. Walls. Over the decades, people have tried all of them to stanch the flow of lava from Hawaii's volcanoes as it lumbered toward roads, homes and infrastructure.
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China's Xi urges Ukraine talks in meeting with EU's Michel

Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged negotiations on a political solution to the Ukraine conflict in talks with visiting European Council President Charles Michel in Beijing Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV said.
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Obama heads to Ga. as Warnock seeks big early vote advantage

Georgia voters have cast more than 1 million ballots ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, with Warnock looking to juice an apparent Democratic head start in early voting with a visit Thursday from Barack Obama.

Rossi ousts billionaire Lisin to head Olympic shooting body

Italian official Luciano Rossi has beaten incumbent president and Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin to become the new head of the governing body for Olympic shooting.

North Korea's Kim calls for meeting to review state affairs

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a major political conference before year's end at which he is expected to address his increasingly tense relations with Washington and Seoul over the expansion of his nuclear and missile programs.

Red, white, blue theme for French White House state dinner

Butter-poached Maine lobster, beef with shallot marmalade and an American cheese trio will be served when French President Emmanuel Macron takes his seat Thursday as the guest of honor at a red-white-and-blue themed White House state dinner, the first for President Joe Biden.

In new role as G-20 chair, India set to focus on climate

India officially takes up its role as chair of the Group of 20 leading economies for the coming year Thursday and it's putting climate at the top of the group's priorities.

Spain: 2 new letter bombs detected after Ukraine blast

Spanish police are investigating a suspect letter bomb sent to an air base outside Madrid early Thursday, a day after a letter bomb exploded at the Ukrainian Embassy injuring an employee, the interior and defense ministries said.

Asian shares gain after Fed chair signals slower rate hikes

Shares advanced in Europe and Asia on Thursday after a rally on Wall Street spurred by the Federal Reserve chair's comments on easing the pace of interest rate hikes to tame inflation.

Biden hosts Macron amid friction over US climate law

Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron are celebrating the longstanding U.S.-French relationship — but these are friends with differences. The French president is using his visit to Washington to sharply criticize aspects of the U.S. president's signature climate law as a bad deal for Europe.

China eases some virus controls, searches pedestrians

More Chinese cities eased some anti-virus restrictions as police patrolled their streets to head off protests Thursday while the ruling Communist Party prepared for the high-profile funeral of late leader Jiang Zemin.

Australian jailed in Myanmar applauded in Parliament

Sean Turnell, an Australian economist who spent almost two years imprisoned in Myanmar, received a hero's welcome Thursday at Australia's Parliament House where lawmakers rose in a standing ovation and the prime minister praised his courage, optimism and resilience.

Chinese users play cat-and-mouse with censors amid protests

Videos of hundreds protesting in Shanghai started to appear on WeChat Saturday night. Showing chants about removing COVID-19 restrictions and demanding freedom, they would only stay up for only minutes before being censored.

'Do something:' Ukraine works to heal soldiers' mental scars

Sleep plunges the soldier back into the horrors of Ukraine's battlefields. He can hear bombs falling again and picture explosions. He imagines himself frantically running, trying to save himself and others. The nightmares are so vivid and frightening that he pleads with his doctor for help. "It will blow my mind," he warns. "So do something."

Taliban silence Voice of America broadcasts in Afghanistan

The Voice of America said Wednesday that Taliban authorities have banned FM radio broadcasts from VOA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Afghanistan, starting Thursday.

Tough Oregon gun law faces legal challenge, could be delayed

Midterm voters in Oregon narrowly passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, buoying the hopes of gun control supporters, but the new permit-to-purchase mandate and ban on high-capacity magazines now faces a lawsuit that could put it on ice just days before it's set to take effect.

Hong Kong publisher's national security trial postponed

The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer.

India PM Modi's home state Gujarat votes in key local polls

Voters in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat cast ballots Thursday in crucial local elections, a vote that is seen as a barometer of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's popularity ahead of a 2024 general election in India.
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Abortion rights groups look to next fights after 2022 wins

Emboldened by the results of November's midterms, abortion rights supporters say they are preparing for even bigger fights in state legislatures and pivotal elections to come, including 2024 races for Congress and president.

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