Sessions spoke with Russian envoy in 2016, Justice Dept says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign, the Justice Department confirmed, a seeming contradiction to sworn statements he gave to Congress. The revelation spurred growing calls in Congress in both parties for him to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Iraqis flee western Mosul; UN warns of more displacement

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqi civilians continued to flee Mosul on foot Thursday as the Islamic State group launched fierce counterattacks on Iraqi positions along the city's southwestern edge.


  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press

Donors pledge nearly $200 million for family planning

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nations and philanthropists pledged close to$200 million Thursday for family planning at an international conference that aimed to make up for the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion.


  • Written by RAF CASERT , Associated Press