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Esper defends shifting defense funds for Trump’s border wall

By ROBERT BURNS | February 14, 2020

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended his decision to divert billions of dollars in funding for Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to help pay for President Donald Trump's promised wall on the...

With Britain out, the unwieldy EU faces major budget battle

By RAF CASERT | February 14, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and...

Asian stocks rebound from early losses as virus toll grows

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 14, 2020

Shares rebounded in Asia on Friday after an early sell-off, though Japan's benchmark declined as investors reacted to news of a growing number of cases of a new virus among the local population.The Nikkei 225 fell 0.6% in morning trading to 23,683.44....

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

By MORGAN LEE | February 13, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales...

In win for Amazon, judge freezes work on Pentagon contract

By JOSEPH PISANI, RACHEL LERMAN, and MATT O'BRIEN | February 13, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft's work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year for awarding the contract to its rival.Amazon's lawsuit, filed...

UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

By JILL LAWLESS | February 13, 2020

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tightened his grip on the government Thursday with a Cabinet shake-up that triggered the unexpected resignation of his Treasury chief, the second-most powerful figure in the administration.Sajid Javid's...

EU chief von der Leyen testifies at German defense inquiry

February 13, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended the use of external experts during her time as German defense minister as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary inquiry, but conceded that mistakes were made.Von der Leyen,...

UK regulators probe Barclays CEO’s link to Jeffrey Epstein

By JILL LAWLESS | February 13, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Barclays chief executive Jes Staley said Thursday that he deeply regrets his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, as the bank revealed that British financial regulators are investigating whether Staley had disclosed the full truth about...

Argentina and IMF discuss debt in shadow of 2001 crisis

By DÉBORA REY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | February 12, 2020

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has been here before: recession, growing poverty, high inflation, billions of dollars in debt, a looming deadline for repayment and simmering anger toward the International Monetary Fund.This is a big week for...

After impeachment: Congress adrift, oversight uncertain

By LISA MASCARO | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inside the Capitol, it’s as if the impeachment of President Donald Trump never happened.One week after the historic undertaking shuttered to a close, Congress is feverishly back at work emboldened but also arguably diminished by...

Trump says US working on trade deal with Ecuador

February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's working on a trade deal with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno, who became the first chief of state from the small South American nation in 17 years to meet with an American president...

White House tries to assure Congress over withheld money

By ANDREW TAYLOR | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key White House figure in delaying aid to Ukraine last year reassured lawmakers Wednesday that the Trump administration realizes it is required under the law to spend money approved by Congress.Acting budget director Russell Vought...