Tillerson, others meet in Paris to support Lebanese PM

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gathering of world diplomats in Paris, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. It's the first major gathering of key nations to discuss Lebanon's future since a crisis erupted following Hariri's resignation while in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

PARIS (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister appealed for support for his country from world powers on Friday at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon’s institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis with regional and international implications.

Turkey’s Erdogan meets with Greece’s Muslim minority

Pilgrims wait to enter Kirmahalle Cammi mosque in the northeastern Greek town of Komotini, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading to northeastern Greece to meet with members of the country's Muslim minority on the second day of an official visit to Greece that got off to a rocky start. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

KOMOTINI, Greece (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Friday with members of Greece’s Muslim minority on the second day of a visit to the country that saw tensions in bilateral relations resurface.

Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

Eric John Vital, 12, holds his vaccination record as he joins other protesters at a rally outside the Department of Health to demand accountability to government officials involved in the controversial immunization of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to more than 700,000 Filipino children Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The controversial vaccine, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur was put on hold by the Philippines last week after new study findings showed it posed risks of severe cases in people without previous infection. The controversy has prompted the Philippine Senate to conduct an investigation. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday.

House passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

President Donald Trump accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, listens as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.

Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago

Bugler Nan LaCorte play taps during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on board The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial in Camden, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HONOLULU — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago.

Franken announces resignation from Senate

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., his wife Franni, arrive at the Senate to make a statement on charges of sexual misconduct, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from Congress in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

Bel-Air wildfire joins the siege across Southern California

Flames from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

LOS ANGELES — A wildfire erupted in Los Angeles’ exclusive Bel-Air section Wednesday as yet another part of Southern California found itself under siege from an outbreak of wind-whipped blazes that have consumed multimillion-dollar houses and tract homes alike.

Protests across Palestinian areas, Mideast after Trump move

Palestinians burn posters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump, during a protest against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Gaza City Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.

House OKs GOP bill expanding gun owners’ rights

Heather Gooze, Las Vegas shooting witness, cries as she testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, entitled: "Firearm Accessory Regulation and Enforcing Federal and State Reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

McConnell: Tax bill won’t add to nation’s debt woes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers a reporters question during a news conference Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. The Senate passed the tax bill early Saturday morning with a 51-49 vote. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fresh off his biggest legislative victory of the Trump era, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday disputed projections that the Senate’s tax bill would add to the nation’s debt woes.



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