Latest Government policy News

Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions

Aug. 08, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after Beijing accused her of “finger-pointing” in her criticism of China’s military exercises in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Wong...

Ex-rebel takes oath as Colombian president in historic shift

Aug. 08, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president was sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups. Gustavo Petro, a former member of...

Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees

Aug. 07, 2022 21:42 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Sunday sought cooperation from China to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar during a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who promised better trade ties, investment and support for infrastructure development in the South Asian nation. China...

Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden

Aug. 07, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical...

What's in Democrats' big bill? Climate, health care, savings

Aug. 07, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not as robust as the proposal President Joe Biden once envisioned to rebuild America's public infrastructure and family support systems, the Democrats' compromise of health care, climate change and deficit-reduction strategies is still a substantial undertaking. ...

Problematic or perilous: Brazil's environmental choice

Aug. 07, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One president of Brazil built a giant dam that wrought tremendous damage in the Amazon rainforest. He slashed the size of a protected area to accommodate land grabbers. He steered billions of dollars toward the land-hungry cattle industry. That president...

Dems' climate, energy, tax bill clears initial Senate hurdle

Aug. 07, 2022 01:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their election-year economic bill toward Senate approval early Sunday, starting the sprawling collection of President Joe Biden’s priorities on climate, energy, health and taxes on a pathway that the party hopes will end in final congressional passage by the...

Senate votes to start debating Dems' climate, energy, health and tax bill, as Biden priorities clear initial hurdle

Aug. 06, 2022 19:39 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate votes to start debating Dems' climate, energy, health and tax bill, as Biden priorities clear initial hurdle.

Man who destroyed vast forest wins demise of park

Aug. 06, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a move that shocked environmentalists, the government of Brazil’s third-largest state has given up a legal fight over protecting a state park in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse areas. The upshot of that decision is that a man responsible for the deforestation of...

Dems change some tax provisions as they ready economic bill

Aug. 06, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pared part of their proposed minimum tax on huge corporations and made other changes in their giant economic bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday, as they drove toward delivering a campaign-season victory to President Joe Biden on his domestic agenda....