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Lebanon's PM vows strict austerity reforms to avoid crash

Apr. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday that Lebanon is heading toward an economic "catastrophe" unless the government implements strict austerity measures to reduce a ballooning budget deficit and massive national debt. The stark warning came shortly after parliament passed amendments...

Polish govt says it can't meet pay demand of teacher strike

Apr. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A nationwide strike of Poland's public school teachers entered its second week Monday with the right-wing government, which is paying generous benefits to pensioners and other targeted groups, saying it doesn't have money to meet teachers' pay demands. Teachers are demanding a 30%...

Trump talks of releasing migrants in Dem cities

Apr. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

Barr says 'I think spying did occur' against Trump campaign

Apr. 10, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr declared Wednesday he thinks "spying did occur" against Donald Trump's presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled in remarks that aligned him with the president at a time when Barr's independence is...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 10, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

The Latest: Barr says he thinks Trump campaign was spied on

Apr. 10, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Attorney General William Barr's testimony to Congress and the Russia probe (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Attorney General William Barr says he thinks "spying did occur" on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have...

IRS head: Average 2018 tax refund little changed at $2,833

Apr. 10, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS, who is overseeing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades, says the $2,833 average refund in this year's tax-filing season worked out to be close to last year's. Taxes and returns for 2018 are due on Monday. Internal Revenue Service...

US budget deficit running 15% higher than a year ago

Apr. 10, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government reported a $146.9 billion deficit in March, causing annual debt to rise 15% for the first half of the budget year compared to the same period in 2018. The Treasury Department said Wednesday in its monthly report that the fiscal year deficit has so far totaled $691...

Redacted Mueller report coming 'within a week,' Barr says

Apr. 9, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told Congress Tuesday he expects to release his redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week," while Democrats criticized his handling of the long-awaited document and demanded he turn it over in full. Barr...