Talks on trillion-dollar US budget bill reach crucial stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Russia readies to hand Putin new term in presidential vote

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election Sunday that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his nationalist strategy.

  • Written by By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and ANGELA CHARLTON , Associated Press

Library on wheels brings joy of books to Afghan kids

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The children of Kabul love the blue bus — they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement.

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  • Written by By RAHIM FAIEZ , Associated Press

Hidden figures: How black women preachers spoke truth to power

(THE CONVERSATION) Each semester I greet the students who file into my preaching class at Howard University with a standard talk. The talk is not an overview of the basics – techniques of sermon preparation or sermon delivery, as one might expect. Outlining the basics is not particularly difficult.

  • Written by Kenyatta R. Gilbert , Howard University