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Trump says Modi expects massive crowds during India visit

By KEVIN FREKING | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting to turn out massive crowds for the president when he visits next week.Trump will be in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat to attend an event called “Namaste...

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | February 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year...

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

By BEN FOX | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro to keep his grip on power in...

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

By JOSEF FEDERMAN | February 18, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime Israeli leader’s hopes of forming...

Farmers block highways in Spain to protest low food prices

By ALICIA LEÓN | February 18, 2020

NAVALMORAL DE LA MATA, Spain (AP) — Farmers in fluorescent yellow vests blocked highways in southwestern Spain with tractors and other vehicles Tuesday in the latest mass protest over what they say are plummeting incomes for agricultural workers.Several...

Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

February 18, 2020

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country Tuesday as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government.Flights, as...

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the...

China virus outbreak chilling recovery for Asian economies

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — The virus outbreak in China has put South Korea's economy into an "emergency situation," its president says. Japan is on the brink of recession and big manufacturers are forecasting a whole world of woe.As many Chinese finally go back...

French pension reform embarks on heated debate in parliament

February 17, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers on Monday started debating President Emmanuel Macron's divisive plan to overhaul the pensions system, expected to be a several-month-long, fierce parliamentary debate.The final vote, after the legislative process through...

New French health minister takes up post with raised profile

February 17, 2020

Incoming French health minister, Olivier Veran, a lawmaker and doctor, was handed the keys to his new ministry on Monday while it is in middle of dealing with the threat of coronavirus.His predecessor Agnes Buzyn, was named a Paris mayoral candidate Sunday,...

Asian markets mixed: Japan skids; China helped by rate cut

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 16, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Markets were mixed in Asia on Monday, with Japan's benchmark slipping 0.8% after the government reported the economy contracted 6.3% in annual terms in the last quarter. China's shares got a boost after the central bank stepped in to...

The Latest: Nevada’s lieutenant governor endorses Biden

February 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST):3:30 p.m.Joe Biden has picked up another endorsement from a top Nevada politician, with Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall announcing that she will back the former vice president’s...