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US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

Global stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over possible new U.S.-China talks despite heightened Middle East tensions. In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.6% to 7,556.70 and Frankfurt's DAX climbed 0.85% to 12,392.70. France's CAC-40 jumped 0.3% to 5584.15. On Wall Street, futures...

Boris Johnson tipped to win as UK Tories reveal new leader

Jul. 23, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party is set to reveal Tuesday the identity of the country's next prime minister, with Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson the strong favorite to get the job. Party officials will announce whether Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt has won a ballot of about 160,000...

W. Virginia senators take zip line ride at Scout Jamboree

Jul. 23, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators let their adventuresome sides take over at the World Scout Jamboree. Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito took rides on adjoining zip lines Monday in southern West Virginia. About 45,000 Scouts and their leaders from around the...

Indian opposition wants Modi to clarify Trump Kashmir claim

Jul. 23, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian opposition leaders on Tuesday angrily demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify his position in Parliament about President Donald Trump mediating in India's long-running dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar read out a statement in the...

Hundreds of black deaths in Red Summer ignored century later

Jul. 23, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago....

2 fired over post suggesting Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

Jul. 23, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Two members of a police department in a New Orleans suburb were fired Monday — one for a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "vile idiot" and suggesting that she be shot, the other for "liking" the post. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson announced the...

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

Amnesty: Egypt using probation measures to silence activists

Jul. 23, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group is criticizing Egyptian authorities for imposing repressive probation measures on pro-democracy activists recently released from prison. The measures require those released to report every day to the police and spend the night at the nearest police station for months,...

Bernie Sanders thinks media is unfair, so he created his own

Jul. 23, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bernie Sanders wanted to preview a speech about his signature health care plan, "Medicare for All," he did not opt for a traditional interview. Instead, he made an appearance on "The 99," his Democratic presidential campaign's in-house livestreamed show, a controlled, decidedly...