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Jewish pilgrims sit on the Belarus-Ukraine border, in Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. About 700 Jewish pilgrims are stuck on Belarus' border due to coroavirus restrictions that bar them from entering Ukraine. Thousands of pilgrims visit the city each September for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. However, Ukraine closed its borders in late August amid a surge in COVID-19 infections. (TUT.by via AP)

Ukraine, Belarus trade accusations over Jewish pilgrims

Sep. 16, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Belarus traded angry accusations Wednesday over thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have remained stuck on their border after Ukraine denied them entry because of coronavirus restrictions. Ukraine's presidential office urged Belarusian authorities to stop issuing...

Democrats decry slow spending of Indiana's federal virus aid

Sep. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are still holding back on spending more than half of the $2.4 billion state government received in federal coronavirus relief funding. Democrats on the State Budget Committee questioned Tuesday why there wasn’t more urgency in spending the money on the...

Molten aluminum is seen inside a smelter at the Alouette aluminum plant in Sept-Iles, Quebec, on May 21, 2019. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Spet. 15, 2020, it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally and preempting Canada’s plans to impose retaliatory sanctions.  (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)

US drops tax on Canada aluminum, heading off retaliation

Sep. 15, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally just hours before Canada was prepared to impose retaliatory sanctions. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the U.S. is ending the 10% tariffs a month after...

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Washington from a trip to Phoenix. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US tariffs on China are illegal, says world trade body

Sep. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization panel ruled Tuesday that Trump administration tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal, vindicating Beijing even if the United States has all but incapacitated the WTO's ability to hand down a final, binding verdict. The decision marks the first...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event with steelworkers in the backyard of a home in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden aims to rebuild 'blue wall' in Michigan visit

Sep. 9, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden traveled to suburban Detroit on Wednesday to make a direct appeal to blue-collar workers who might have voted Republican four years ago but now regret it — attempting to rebuild the once fabled Democratic “blue wall” that crumbled and helped catapult...

Justice Department questions Seattle racial justice training

Sep. 6, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle broke no laws while conducting racial justice training sessions for municipal employees, city officials said after receiving a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice about potential civil rights violations. City officials perceived questions from the Justice Department as an...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump targets 'white privilege' training as 'anti-American'

Sep. 4, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies' anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” OMB director Russell Vought, in a letter Friday to executive branch agencies, directed...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, a man walks on a mountain of plastic bottles as he carries a sack of them to be sold for recycling after weighing them at the dump in the Dandora slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The oil industry in 2020 has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Oil companies accused of wanting to dump plastics in Africa

Sep. 1, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground. The request from the American Chemistry Council,...

Fireworks light up the sky over Washington after President Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the White House to the 2020 Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Latest: GOP convention wraps up with opera, fireworks

Aug. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Convention — the first political convention ever held at the White House — has ended with opera and fireworks. President Donald Trump wrapped up his speech closing out the RNC on Thursday by recounting the achievements of the nation’s pioneers...

Russian President Vladimir Putin  takes part in a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia blames US for military vehicles' collision in Syria

Aug. 27, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Thursday blamed U.S. troops for a collision of Russian and U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northeast. U.S. officials said Wednesday that a Russian vehicle sideswiped a light-armored U.S. military vehicle, injuring four Americans, while two Russian helicopters flew...