Government and politics

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Vasily Fedosenko/Pool Photo via AP)
December 14, 2018 - 1:45 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus on Friday accused some politicians in Russia of floating the prospect of incorporating his nation, and vowed that he wouldn't let it happen. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also criticized the Kremlin's plan to raise crude oil prices for Belarus...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Shakira performs at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Spanish prosecutors charged the Colombian singer with tax evasion on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
December 14, 2018 - 1:34 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges. The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:00 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's finance minister says that the Moody's Investors Service report that downgraded the country's status shows the urgency of forming a new Cabinet and implementing economic reforms. Ali Hassan Khalil's comments Friday came a day after Moody's changed Lebanon's government issuer...
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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference during an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. European Union leaders expressed deep doubts Friday that British Prime Minister Theresa May can live up to her side of their Brexit agreement and they vowed to step up preparations for a potentially-catastrophic no-deal scenario. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 14, 2018 - 11:52 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Leaders of the European Union have agreed to press ahead with a common eurozone budget to help the currency union weather future crises. But the proposal appeared to fall short of more sweeping ideas pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron. The leaders said that finance...
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Israeli soldiers stand at the scene of an attack near the settlement of Givat Assaf in the West Bank, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement on Thursday, shooting at soldiers and civilians and killing at least two Israelis before fleeing, the military and Israel's rescue service said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
December 14, 2018 - 11:50 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank, and a Palestinian was killed in clashes with troops, as the Israeli military pressed ahead on Friday with a crackdown following a pair of deadly shootings blamed on Hamas militants. The Palestinian Health...
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A French soldiers patrols as the Christmas market reopens in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 14, 2018 - 10:26 am
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on France attack aftermath and death of suspect (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The Paris prosecutor's office says a fourth person has died following Tuesday's attack in Strasbourg. The prosecutor's office did not reveal the identity of the fourth person who died...
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December 14, 2018 - 8:36 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says an assault on Taliban positions in northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, which included U.S .air strikes, killed at least 20 insurgents, contradicting Taliban claims of civilian casualties. In southern Helmand province, a U.S. drone strike...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2017 file photo, a U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter runs in front of a damaged building as he crosses a street on the front line, in Raqqa, Syria. Syrian activists said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 that U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters have captured the last town held by the Islamic State group, in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
December 14, 2018 - 6:31 am
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after days of intense battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists said. The fall of Hajin is a blow to the extremists. The town was their main...
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A woman is reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Asian markets tumbled on Friday after China reported weaker-than-expected economic data, stirring up worries about the state of the world's second largest economy. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
December 14, 2018 - 4:36 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — European and Asian indexes wobbled on Friday after British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to get assurances for a Brexit divorce deal at an EU summit in Brussels. China reported weaker-than-expected economic data, stirring up worries about the state of the world's second largest...
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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 14, 2018 - 1:13 am
TORONTO (AP) — First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the...
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