National governments

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, after a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai smiles while listening to a question from a reporter in Washington. A federal court is ruling that the FCC had the right to dump net-neutrality rules, but couldn't bar states like California from passing their own. The ruling is largely a victory for Pai. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
October 01, 2019 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has cleared the way for state and local governments to bar internet providers from favoring some services over others, even as the court affirmed the Federal Communications Commission's right to dump national rules. Even so, legal experts say state and local...
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In this Sept. 30, 2019, photo, a signboard says "Consumption tax hike, 8 percent to 10 percent", at a mass home electronics retailer in Tokyo. Japan has raised consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent, amid concerns that it could sink the Japanese economy though government officials say ample measures are taken to minimize the impact. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)
October 01, 2019 - 4:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014,...
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September 30, 2019 - 10:23 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday upheld a Virginia law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion, as well as the state's "physician-only law" barring nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing abortions. The...
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A protester cries out over an injured protester after police launched tear gas to disperse demonstrators who set fires and chanted calls for Haiti's president to resign, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Opposition leaders and supporters say they are angry about public corruption, spiraling inflation and a dwindling supply of gasoline. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
September 30, 2019 - 4:01 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators set fires Monday and chanted calls for Haiti's president to resign as the opposition to Jovenel Moïse tried to increase pressure for him to leave office. Protesters said several people were hit by gunfire, including a local journalist. Schools...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters as he leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his insider-trading case, in New York. Collins is resigning from his seat ahead of an expected guilty plea in an insider trading case in which he was accused of leaking confidential information during an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic. Collins submitted a resignation letter Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 according to a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It will take effect when Congress meets in a brief session on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
September 30, 2019 - 2:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican congressman from western New York, is resigning from his seat ahead of an expected guilty plea in an insider trading case in which he was accused of leaking confidential information during an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic. Collins...
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi addresses European Parliament members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 30, 2019 - 10:32 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that stimulus measures including negative interest rates will have to stay in place longer if governments do not step up spending to help growth. Draghi was quoted Monday by the Financial Times as saying: "Our policies will...
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September 30, 2019 - 9:35 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Kornel Morawiecki, the father of Poland's prime minister who was also the country's most senior lawmaker and a leading dissident during the communist era, has died. He was 78. Morawiecki died in a Warsaw government hospital Monday following a long illness. His son, Prime...
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Aimee Stephens talks during in an interview in Ferndale, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The Supreme Court will hear Stephens’ case Oct. 8 over whether federal civil rights law that bars job discrimination on the basis of sex protects transgender people. Other arguments that day deal with whether the same law covers sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 30, 2019 - 5:44 am
FERNDALE, Michigan (AP) — Aimee Stephens lost her job at a suburban Detroit funeral home and she could lose her Supreme Court case over discrimination against transgender people. Amid her legal fight, her health is failing. But seven years after Stephens thought seriously of suicide and six years...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, shakes hands with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, left, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP)
September 29, 2019 - 11:00 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc's financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw. Antti...
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Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdullah al-Hadrami addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)
September 28, 2019 - 8:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9 p.m. Yemen's new foreign minister is vowing that the government will "end any attempt to tear apart our homeland." He's sharply criticizing Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who control...
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