Government and politics

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
December 19, 2018 - 9:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany tightened the rules Wednesday on foreign investments in some sectors, including the media, lowering the threshold at which it can consider blocking such plans. An order introducing the new rules, which partly reflect increasing concerns about Chinese investors, was approved by...
Read More
December 19, 2018 - 9:12 am
GENEVA (AP) — China and the United States traded barbs again Wednesday at the World Trade Organization, with the U.S. ambassador accusing China of technology theft while Beijing's envoy retorted that the U.S. was "finger-pointing." The standoff comes as many countries lined up to criticize and...
Read More
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017 file photo, Russia's deputy prime minister in charge of sport, tourism and youth policies Vitaly Mutko attends a news conference after the Russia 2018 LOC Board meeting with FIFA participation in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, resigned Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018, as president of the Russian Football Union. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:11 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union. The RFU says Mutko stepped down during Wednesday's executive committee meeting. Russian soccer...
Read More
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, left, and European Commissioner for Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovkis participate in a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert action over the country's budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 19, 2018 - 9:04 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Italy on its budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break the euro's rules and lead to legal action. European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said the "agreement is not ideal"...
Read More
December 19, 2018 - 7:52 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader who was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year, South African police said Wednesday. The warrant follows a long legal process during which a South African...
Read More
December 19, 2018 - 7:26 am
TORONTO (AP) — South Sudan's National Security Service forced several officials assessing the country's new peace deal to strip and face "inhuman" treatment, an international monitoring group said in an internal report. Four East African monitors were blindfolded, bound, kicked and robbed of money...
Read More
December 19, 2018 - 7:02 am
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it is changing the pay system for its senior management, dropping personal performance bonuses and increasing the extent to which the company's performance is reflected in variable pay. The German automaker, still grappling with a diesel emissions scandal that erupted...
Read More
December 19, 2018 - 5:48 am
PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority. The court ruled Wednesday that Greece had violated the European Convention on...
Read More
December 19, 2018 - 5:33 am
CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group says more than half a million displaced people in war-torn Yemen face the "double threat" of famine and freezing temperatures as winter sets in. Oxfam said Wednesday that some 530,000 displaced people are in mountainous areas, many living in makeshift...
Read More
People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, as traders mulled over the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
December 19, 2018 - 4:22 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of an expected rate hike by the Federal Reserve, while Asian indexes were weighed by Japanese data that showed its exports slowing in November. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX gained 0.1 percent to 10,756.02 and France's CAC...
Read More

Pages