Government and politics

World Trade Organization (WTO) chief Roberto Acevedo, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold talks on the sidelines of a conference organized by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (John MacDougall/pool photo via AP)
September 25, 2018 - 6:36 am
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization says the whole international community has a responsibility to reduce tensions and avert a full trade war, which would produce "no winners." Trade tensions between the U.S., China and others have spiraled lately and WTO director-general Roberto...
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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, attends parliament during a vote of confidence in the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018. The prime minister lost a vote of confidence in parliament, meaning he will have to step down. He will continue as caretaker prime minister until a new government can be formed. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)
September 25, 2018 - 6:33 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's prime minister lost a vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday after an election this month stripped him of his majority. Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, motor cycles ride past buildings destroyed during the fighting in the northern town of Ariha in Idlib province, Syria. As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the Syrian region of Idlib clings to fragile hope that diplomacy will help avert a blowout battle over the country’s last rebel stronghold. (Ugur Can/DHA via AP, File)
September 25, 2018 - 3:45 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful...
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A Chinese tour guide leads a tour group past a store from American sportswear retailer Under Armour at an outdoor shopping area in Beijing, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. A Chinese trade envoy said Tuesday that talks with Washington are impossible while the United States "holds a knife" to Beijing's neck by imposing tariff hikes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 25, 2018 - 3:27 am
BEIJING (AP) — China cannot hold talks with Washington on ending their escalating trade dispute while the United States "holds a knife" to Beijing's neck by imposing tariff hikes, a Chinese official said Tuesday. The warning came after the Chinese government released a report that accused President...
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, a local business displays a protest sign of the proposed extension of the light rail system along Central Avenue, in Phoenix. The proposed extension of Phoenix’s light-rail system into the city’s poorest neighborhood is running into eleventh-hour opposition from some business owners in the Hispanic and black community.(AP Photo/Anita Snow)
September 25, 2018 - 2:48 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The defiant message hangs under the Mexican bakery's Spanish-language sign in Phoenix's poorest neighborhood, rejecting the city's idea of progress: "4 LANES OR NO TRAIN." Similar placards are plastered along the proposed new leg of Phoenix's light-rail system, a plan that progressed...
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A man cycles past in front of electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Asian stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday after a Chinese government report accusing the Trump administration of bullying other countries dampened hopes for a settlement in their escalating tariff war. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 25, 2018 - 12:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday after a Chinese government report accusing the Trump administration of bullying other countries dampened hopes for a settlement in their escalating tariff war. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8 percent to 2,775.91 and...
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September 24, 2018 - 9:04 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To Indonesia's government, the 39-year-old factory worker and globe-trotting Polish traveler is a danger to the state, a man who plotted with shadowy gunmen to foment revolt in isolated jungles. But to his supporters, Jakub Skrzypski is an idealistic tourist with no money...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, photo, S, 25, mother of two, who says she was raped by members of Myanmar's armed forces in late August, is photographed in her friend's tent in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country, according to a State Department report released Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
September 24, 2018 - 8:07 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country. The hard-hitting State Department report released...
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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa, center, and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres attend the unveiling ceremony of the Nelson Mandela Statue which was presented as a gift from the Republic of South Africa, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. (Angela Weiss/Pool Photo via AP)
September 24, 2018 - 5:29 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nelson Mandela's widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world. "History will judge you should you stagnate too long in inaction...
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Pastor Willie Lowrimore of The Fellowship With Jesus Ministries talks about the flooding of his church in Yauhannah, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The church is on the bank of the Waccamaw River which has already risen above its record crest and is expected to keep rising for several days, forcing thousands of evacuations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)
September 24, 2018 - 5:24 pm
YAUHANNAH, S.C. (AP) — More than a week ago, pastor Willie Lowrimore and some of his congregants stacked sandbags around their South Carolina church to protect it from the fury of Hurricane Florence. They moved the pews to higher ground and watched anxiously for days as the nearly black, reeking...
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