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Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...

Embattled Argentine farmers eye presidential vote with fear

Oct. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

PERGAMINO, Argentina (AP) — Juan Rossi walks between rows of green wheat at his farm in one of Argentina's most fertile agricultural regions, worrying about the future of the farming sector that is the main economic engine of this country. When he planted the wheat, he expected conservative Mauricio Macri...

3 Ecuador opposition lawmakers seek refuge at Mexico embassy

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country's subsiding upheaval. Opposition legislators Luis Fernando Molina, Soledad Buendía and Carlos Viteri were at the embassy Tuesday, according to...

After ending protests, Ecuador faces dire economic outlook

Oct. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno survived the toughest political crisis of his presidency by negotiating an end to indigenous anti-austerity protests. Now he faces an even tougher challenge. Ten years of populist rule and a drop in oil prices have left Ecuador with a $64 billion public...

UN rights chief: Challenges increase to global cooperation

Oct. 15, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday the world is witnessing increasing hate speech, rising challenges to international cooperation, and pushbacks on women's equality and the rights of minorities. In a wide-ranging meeting with U.N. member nations, Michelle Bachelet also said that...

7-story building collapses in Brazil; 1 dead, others trapped

Oct. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A seven-story building collapsed Tuesday in an upscale part of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, killing one person and leaving others trapped with some communicating with family members by cellphone from under debris, officials said. Fire department commander Cleyton Bezerra said 10...

IMF welcomes attempt to resolve dispute in Ecuador

Oct. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it welcomes the decision by Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to cancel an austerity package following more than a week of protests. Gita Gopinath, IMF's chief economist, said the agency welcomes the attempt "to bring in all stakeholders...

Kosovo withdraws application for Interpol membership

Oct. 15, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has withdrawn its application for Interpol membership while waiting for a new government to be formed. Outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj sent a letter to the international law enforcement organization's General Assembly meeting that opened Tuesday in Santiago, Chile....

Golf Glance

Oct. 15, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

PGA TOUR CJ CUP AT NINE BRIDGES Site: Jeju Island, South Korea. Course: The Club at Nine Bridges. Yardage: 7,241. Par: 72. Television: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Golf Channel). Purse: $9.75 million. Winner's share: $1,755,000. Defending champion: Brooks Koepka. FedEx Cup leader: Lanto Griffin. Last...

Ecuador crisis weakens president, strengthens indigenous

Oct. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. President Lenín Moreno signed a...