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Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

Mar. 22, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and...

International Women's Day: Strikes, protests and holidays

Mar. 8, 2019 10:34 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Marches and protests were held Friday across the globe to mark International Women's Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to further...

Sri Lanka government boosts budget ahead of elections

Mar. 5, 2019 11:17 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday proposed increases in spending on public servants and incentives to boost agriculture and fisheries in a new national budget, which opposition lawmakers criticized as an attempt to attract voters ahead of a presidential election this year. Finance...

Polish central bank controversy latest hit for ruling party

Feb. 27, 2019 11:25 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's central bank revealed Wednesday that its head of public relations earns an unusually high salary, the latest embarrassment for the ruling right-wing party, which says it is focused on serving the country, not making money. The controversy around the state-backed central bank...

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's prepared remarks to Congress

Feb. 27, 2019 9:20 AM EST

The prepared testimony of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, as obtained by The Associated Press before his appearance Wednesday: Chairman Cummings, Ranking Member Jordan, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today. I have asked this Committee to ensure that my...

German hospital luring Brexit-worried Polish nurses from UK

Feb. 26, 2019 9:39 AM EST

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Worried about Brexit? Come to Germany where you get better salaries, better weather, tastier food — and a shorter trip for visits home to Poland. That's a German hospital's pitch to Polish nurses working in Britain, who are among scores of European workers worried about...

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Feb. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel. Abbas accused Israel of...

Air France and KLM end power struggle, agree to closer ties

Feb. 20, 2019 4:23 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Air France and KLM have reached a compromise on tightening ties between the airlines, ending a power struggle that had alarmed the Dutch government, staff and shareholders. Air France also secured a salary agreement with pilots after protracted conflicts, including strikes last year that...

I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law

Feb. 19, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Wait, I owe the IRS? The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government. Take Andy Kraft and Amy Elias of Portland, Oregon. The...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...