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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ A fuming President Donald Trump is grasping for ways to address an immigration system overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the border. Trump has thrown virtually every option his aides have been able to think up at the problem, to no avail. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.
ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTERS _ A number of Bernie Sanders supporters say they won’t let go of the slights from the 2016 Democratic presidential primary fight against Hillary Clinton. The frustration is notable now that Sanders is a 2020 front-runner. By Alexandra Jaffe, Hunter Woodall and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 790 words, photo.
ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN _ Former Vice President Joe Biden makes light of his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women, and he signals in a resolute speech to union activists that’s he’s ready to run for president as a moderate Democrat in party that has been drifting left. By Thomas Beaumont and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.
ISRAELI ELECTION-AMERICAN JEWS _ Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s election, but he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of the balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times previously but now faces corruption charges. Netanyahu has aligned closely with Trump _ a troubling tactic for the majority of American Jewish voters who lean Democratic. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 950 words, photo.
RWANDA-GENOCIDED-RECONCILIATION _ Twenty-five years after Rwanda’s genocide the country has six “reconciliation villages” where survivors and those convicted in the killing spree live side by side. Convicted killers released from prison re-integrate into society by publicly apologizing for their crimes. Survivors profess forgiveness. The villages are showpieces of President Paul Kagame’s policy of ethnic reconciliation. However, some critics say the communities are forced and the reconciliation is artificial. By Ignatius Ssuuna. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
BREXIT-WHAT NEXT _ Crunch time is coming for British politicians and European Union leaders, who are scrambling to find a way to way to make Brexit work. Britain is set to leave the EU on April 12 without an agreement in place unless a plan is reached or a further extension is granted. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 820 words, photos.
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FRANCE-G-7 _ Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies were wrapping up a two-day meeting in the French seaside resort of Dinard where they hope to seal joint commitments on a range of global challenges and lay the groundwork for August’s G-7 summit in Biarritz. SENT: 320 words, photos.
SLASHER CYCLIST _ A man who rode around on a bicycle with a knife and slashed the faces and necks of nine people in Los Angeles has been charged with multiple felonies. SENT: 130 words, photos.
IRAN-FLOOD _ Iranian state TV says authorities have ordered the evacuation of more towns in the country’s flood-stricken southwest. SENT: 230 words.
AFGHANISTAN _ Multiple Taliban attacks have killed at least seven policemen and three civilians across Afghanistan, as insurgents continue with near daily assaults on government and civilian targets. SENT: 380 words.
CONGRESSWOMAN THREATENING CALL _ A western New York man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. SENT: 210 words, photo.
ASYLUM-BOND HEARING DELAYS A federal judge says the U.S. government must give bond hearings more quickly to immigrants caught on the border who pass initial asylum screenings. SENT: 190 words.
TRUMP-TRADE The White House says ‘significant work remains’ in trade talks with China and officials from both nations will be in continuous contact to resolve outstanding issues. SENT: 130 words.
PEOPLE-LAUREN SANCHEZ _ TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, who is in a relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, files for divorce the day after Bezos’ divorce was finalized. SENT: 130 words, photo.
CONGRESS-TRUMP-TAXES _ An attorney representing President Donald Trump argued that a request for the president’s tax returns “would set a dangerous precedent” if granted and that the IRS cannot legally divulge the information. SENT: 420.
ABORTION REVERSALS-KANSAS _ Kansas legislators passed a measure that would require abortion providers to tell patients who are taking medication to terminate their pregnancies that the process can be reversed after they take the first of two pills. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 490 words.
BERLIN-HOUSING CRISIS _ Low-cost housing advocates are launching a grassroots campaign to force Berlin’s state government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to fight rising rents in one of Germany’s hottest real estate markets. By David Rising. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
NICARAGUA _ Nicaragua released another 50 people jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government, bringing the number freed since late February to about 200 in a unilateral action separate from a broader deal covering hundreds considered political prisoners. SENT: 870 words, photos.
BALKANS-PROTESTS _ Anti-government protests are spreading across the Balkans. It all started in Montenegro with a video posted on social media from 2016 that appears to show a well-known local tycoon hand over an envelope containing bundles of cash to a party associate of Montenegro’s long-standing leader. The so-called envelope affair has triggered weeks of protests against Montenegro’s president. Anti-government movements going on in neighboring Serbia and Albania have prompted talk of a “Balkan Spring.” SENT: 840 words, photo.
THAILAND-POLITICS _ The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month’s general election denied the criminal charges of sedition filed against him by the ruling military junta and expressed concern Saturday that he is to be tried in a military court. SENT: 520 words, photos.
MALDIVES-ELECTION _Voting began in the Maldives in a crucial parliamentary election many hope would help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih to overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption. SENT: 480 words, photos.
ALGERIA-PROTEST CLEANUP _ Algeria’s protesters roam the streets picking up bottles, papers and other detritus left behind, after massive pro-democracy demonstrations conclude every week. It’s a powerful symbol of the movement’s peaceful, hopeful spirit. The volunteer cleanup crews are now a routine part of the weekly protests. SENT: 470 words, photos.
MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-RESCUE FARM _ It began with a farmer who wanted to see how his neighbors had weathered a deadly cyclone. It has turned into an extraordinary grassroots relief operation that has helped thousands in rural Mozambique. SENT: 980 words.
UGANDA-AMERICAN KIDNAPPED _ A relative of a California woman kidnapped while on a safari in Uganda said he wants to see the U.S. send in Navy SEALS to locate and rescue her if that’s what it takes. SENT: 470 words.
PHILIPPINES-HOSTAGES ESCAPE _ An Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines swam his way to freedom but another drowned while a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping, officials say. SENT: 430 words, photo.
KHASHOGGI TRIAL-INFORMATION _ Seven human rights and press freedom groups are urging the United States, Britain and France to speak out publicly about the trial in Saudi Arabia of 11 people charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi which their diplomats are attending. SENT: 380 words.
HARRY REID-INJURY LAWSUIT _ A jury in Las Vegas flatly rejected former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s lawsuit against an exercise band maker he blamed for injuries _ including blindness in one eye _ he suffered when the stretchy device slipped from his grasp and he fell face-first a little more than four years ago. SENT: 600 words, video photos.
SAVING BROOKLYN’S PROMENADE _ New York faces a challenge: How does it fix a disintegrating highway that serves as a critical traffic artery while preserving the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a park beloved for its cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline? SENT: 640 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA-GUN RIGHTS LAWSUIT _ A federal judge halts sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines in California, giving state officials a chance to appeal his order last week that allowed their sale for the first time in nearly 20 years. SENT: 460 words, photo.
HOT PRISON VAN-VERDICT _ A former New Mexico inmate has won a $2 million verdict in a lawsuit accusing corrections officers of leaving him and other prisoners in a van on a summer day as some passed out and others screamed and rocked the vehicle in hopes of rescue. SENT: 370 words.
CRYPTOCURRENCY UNIVERSITY DONATION _ A tech entrepreneur and his wife have made a very Silicon Valley donation to his San Francisco alma mater _ $25 million, mostly in cryptocurrency. SENT: 290 words.
BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA PREVIEW _ Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: Slow and steady vs. fast and furious. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 810 words, photos.
BKC--FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-MICHIGAN ST PREVIEW _ Hunker down for this one. The second semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 740 words, photos.
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