The lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin urging the government to apply sanctions to address the

China rejects US lawmakers' sanctions call over Muslim camps

China said Thursday that U.S. lawmakers were wasting taxpayer money by urging President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in the far west.

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President Donald Trump listens during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump cancels pay raise federal workers were due in January

President Donald Trump informed Congress on Thursday that he is canceling pay raises due in January for most civilian federal employees, citing budget constraints. But the workers still could see a slightly smaller boost in their pay under a proposal lawmakers are considering.

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A military honor guard carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

John McCain is remembered as hero, fighter and wiseacre

Sen. John McCain was eulogized Thursday as a "true American hero" — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle — at a crowded church service for the maverick politician that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

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Bush and former first lady Laura Bush have decided they'll be buried at his presidential library in Dallas instead of the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

George W., Laura Bush now to be buried at his Dallas library

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush have decided they'll be buried at his presidential library in Dallas instead of the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope's cover-up crisis turns battle lines into first salvo

The author of the bombshell accusation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis denied Wednesday he acted out of revenge or anger, breaking his silence as his claims continued to divide a Catholic Church already polarized under Francis' reformist agenda.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and United States Soccer Federation Carlos Cordeiro in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A bad week for Trump means a good week for Rachel Maddow

If it's a lousy week for President Donald Trump, it's usually a good week for Rachel Maddow.

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Seton Hall University has begun an investigation into potential sexual abuse at two seminaries it hosts following misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal McCarrick and other priests. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)

Catholic board seeks parishioner-led abuse investigation

A committee created by the Catholic Church specifically to prevent sexual misconduct by clergy on Tuesday issued a damning assessment of the failings to stem the abuse, calling it an "evil" caused by "a loss of moral leadership."

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Pope Francis gestures as he answers to a journalist's question during a press conference aboard of the flight to Rome at the end of his two-day visit to Ireland, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Journalist who helped pen pope bombshell says author wept

An Italian journalist who says he helped a former Vatican diplomat pen his bombshell allegation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis says he persuaded the archbishop to go public after the U.S. church was thrown into turmoil by revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, right, gestures while speaking in a court room in Moscow, Russia.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gets month in jail

A Moscow court sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday to a month in jail for an unsanctioned protest, a move that puts President Vladimir Putin's most prominent political rival behind bars and not in the streets for the next nationwide anti-government protest.

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Kevin Pak empties out hydro barriers, which are used to block water similar to a sandbag, as he helps reopen an ABC store along Waikiki Beach.

Hawaii emerges from threat as storm veers away from islands

Hawaii emerged Saturday from the threat of a potentially devastating hurricane after historic amounts of rain forced evacuations on some islands but damage appeared less than feared.

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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at a rally in Tampa, Fla. Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (AP Photo/Car

War hero and presidential candidate John McCain dies at 81

Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. He was 81.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland.

Pope apologizes for Catholic Church 'crimes' in Ireland

Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology Sunday for the "crimes" of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials regularly didn't respond with compassion to the many abuses children and women suffered over the years and vowing to work for justice.

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Michael Cohen, then an attorney for President-elect Donald Trump, arrives in Trump Tower in New York. For Cohen and Donald Trump, it’s always been about money and loyalty. Those were guiding principles for Cohen when served as more than just a lawyer for

Money and loyalty: A look inside dramatic Trump-Cohen rift

For Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, it's always been about money and loyalty. Those were guiding principles for Cohen when he served as more than just a lawyer for Trump during the developer's rise from celebrity to president-elect.

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Supporters of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa celebrate in Harare.

Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president's election win

Zimbabwe's top court Friday upheld the narrow and disputed election victory by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, clearing the way for his inauguration as the country remained deeply divided in the post-Robert Mugabe era.

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A visitor talks on his smartphone in front of a display of manufacturing robots from Chinese robot maker Honyen at the World Robot Conference in Beijing.

US, China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other's automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing's technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.

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Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, departs following his appearance in Federal Court on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in New York. Cohen, has pleaded guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to po

More dirt on President Trump? Cohen's lawyer suggests so

What other dirt might Michael Cohen have on Donald Trump? Cohen's lawyer says the president's former "fixer" has information "on certain subjects that should be of interest" to the special prosecutor beyond his allegations made while pleading guilty Tuesday that Trump directed him to make hush-money payments to fend off damage to his White House bid.

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In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, frame from video, Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard, is carried on a stretcher from his home in the Queens borough of New York. Palij, the last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was t

US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany

A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived quietly in New York City for decades was carried out of his home on a stretcher by federal agents and flown to Germany early Tuesday in what could prove to be the last U.S. deportation of a World War II-era war-crimes suspect.

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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, left, shows the way to Medardo Gonzalez, center, a Salvadoran politician, Secretary General of the ruling party of El Salvador, and El Salvador Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda during their meeting at the Zhongnanhai L

Salvador denies asking Taiwan for money before China switch

Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday denied having asked Taiwan for money in exchange for maintaining diplomatic relations with the self-governing island, saying its decision to switch recognition to China was due to the enormous advantages of trading with the economic giant.

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The editor-in-chief who helped turn the mid-sized, conservative paper into Brazil’s most read daily has died. Frias Filho was 61. (Daily Folha de S. Paulo Photo/Raquel Cunha via AP)

Editor-in-chief of Brazil's most read newspaper dies at 61

Otavio Frias Filho, who as editor-in-chief helped turn a mid-sized, conservative paper into Brazil's most read daily, has died. He was 61.

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An UN staff member puts a candle in front of portrait of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan prior to a ceremony of UN staff to pay tribute to Kofi Annan, at the 'Salle des Pas Perdu' in the European headquarters of the United Nations in Ge

Annan family pays tribute to former UN Secretary-General

Kofi Annan's family is hailing the "outpouring of love and support" it has received from around the world following the death of the former U.N. secretary-general over the weekend.

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A home on Kahekili Highway near the Waihee River Bridge, was evacuated after a flash flood breached the property on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2018, in Maui, Hawaii. Maui County says several homes on Maui are being evacuated because of floodwaters fro

Honolulu may evacuate 10,000 as water levels rise in dam

Honolulu officials on Thursday prepared for the possible evacuation of 10,000 people from a residential neighborhood after rains from a tropical storm dangerously elevated water levels in a reservoir.

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Members of the Civil Air Patrol load cars with MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C.

'Nightmare that won't end': Storm evacuees can't return yet

Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.

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