Pakistan reporter says he escaped kidnapping attempt

Taha Siddiqui, center, a reporter with France 24 and the Pakistan bureau chief for World Is One News, leaves after a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Siddiqui said several armed men tried to kidnap him and threatened to shoot him if he resisted. Siddiqui said he fears Wednesday's attack was payback for his critical reporting on Pakistan's powerful military and intelligence agencies. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — When armed men tried to kidnap and threatened to kill him, Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui feared he would become another statistic in a growing list of activists and bloggers who have disappeared in Pakistan after criticizing the country’s powerful military or advocating peace with hostile neighbor India.

Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church

In this image taken from video shot Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, by China Aid and provided to the Associated Press, clouds of debris billow during the demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen in northern China's Shanxi province. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary troops known as the People's Armed Police used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, a Christian mega-church that clashed with the government. (China Aid via AP)

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in northern China’s coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party.

Labrador pushes bill to build wall

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Raul Labrador and three other Republicans are introducing a bill that would let some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children stay for another three years, while also passing a host of other immigration-related measures Republicans have been discussing, including a $30 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and cutting legal immigration by about 25 percent.

Victim search expands as California storm, mudslides kill 15

A structure is smashed against a tree along Hot Springs Road in Montecito, Calif. after getting hit by a flash flood and debris flow on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during a recent wildfire. (Daniel Dreifuss)

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over. The search for its victims is not.

Dem senator’s report warns of Russian meddling across Europe

FILE - In this April 7, 2017, file photo, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A sweeping new report by congressional Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive counter-measures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin’s systematic meddling. The 200-plus page report released by Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, comes without sign-off from Republicans on the panel.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report by congressional Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin’s systematic meddling.

Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington on President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program. U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending DACA while their lawsuits play out in court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Trump’s checkup comes as chatter about his health lingers

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump smiles as he meets with members of the U.S. Coast Guard, who he invited to play golf, at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam on Friday as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. In advance, the 71-year-old president has pushed back vigorously against suggestions he’s mentally unfit, declaring himself “a very stable genius.”

Bannon to exit Breitbart News Network after break with Trump

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, speaks during an event in Manchester, N.H. Breitbart News Network announced Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, that Bannon is stepping down as chairman of the conservative news site. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is stepping down as chairman of Breitbart News Network after a public break with President Donald Trump.

U.S. decision would hit families’ pocketbooks in El Salvador

Flor Tovar and her two sons Christian, right, and Omar Elias, left, pose for a photo at their home in Ciudad Real, El Salvador, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Tovar receives a lifeline every two weeks in the form of wired cash from her husband living in the United States. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

SAN SEBASTIAN SALITRILLO, El Salvador (AP) — Every two weeks, Flor Tovar receives a lifeline in the form of cash wired from her husband living in the United States.

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