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The Latest: Poland's president links clean forest to climate

Sep. 20, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Poland's president and first lady have helped remove trash from a forest as part of a day of global action against climate change. President Andrzej Duda said the forest cleanup was a...

Global stocks ending action-packed week solidly

Sep. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the Federal Reserve cut interest rates again. Though oil prices are up strongly on the week, there's been an element...

The Latest: Migrant killed by train in North macedonia

Sep. 20, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say a 23-year old Pakistani migrant has died after being hit by a train. The man, identified only by his initials A.I., died late Thursday near the central city of Gradsko. Migrants who...

Bombing kills 2 Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border

Sep. 20, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military says a roadside bomb has killed two soldiers, when it struck an army vehicle in the country's northwest near the Afghan border. The military said in a statement that the two soldiers were overseeing border fence work. It said the device was planted by militants...

India cuts corporate taxes to counter slowing growth

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government on Friday announced a slew of concessions aimed at boosting the economy that will reduce most corporate taxes for local companies to about 25% from 30%. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the lower tax rates will retroactively apply from April 1, the beginning...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Sep. 19, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

Forest fires rage in Indonesia, sending noxious haze around Southeast Asia. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a man braves tear gas fired by police in Hong Kong as violence flares anew during ongoing protests. In India, people move on boats past submerged houses on the River Ganges, where...

Public transport drivers strike in Delhi over higher fines

Sep. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Commuters in India's capital faced difficulties Thursday as much of the city's public transportation, including private buses, auto-rickshaws and some ride-hailing services, remained off the roads to protest a sharp increase in traffic fines under a new law. The government hopes the new...

Pakistan: No talks with India until Kashmir status restored

Sep. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister announced Wednesday that his government will not hold any talks with India until New Delhi lifts a curfew in Kashmir and reinstates the disputed region's special autonomous status. Imran Khan said told reporters that will expose human rights violations in...

Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on Nov. 16

Sep. 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election on Nov. 16, the elections office said Wednesday, amid calls for a strong leader to boost national security as the country recovers from deadly Easter Sunday bomb attacks. The coordinated attacks on three churches and three tourist hotels...

Bangladesh's leading cellphone companies in legal tussle

Sep. 18, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's two leading cellphone companies are negotiating with a regulator over claims of about $1.5 billion in unpaid taxes as they face a possible loss of their licenses amid a legal battle that could hurt investor confidence. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory...