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House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Aug. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. Asked about reports of a possible imminent meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that "indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future." Seibert said it...

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown, not recession

Aug. 15, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American manufacturers and...

What's next as Labour Party seeks to stop a no-deal Brexit?

Aug. 15, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will lead the country out of the European Union in 11 weeks, with or without a divorce deal — but an awful lot of U.K. lawmakers want to stop him. The stage is set for a high-stakes battle over the country's future, with public opinion,...

The Latest: Germany expects no-deal Brexit, report says

Aug. 15, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit preparations (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Business daily Handelsblatt reports that German officials expect Britain to leave the European Union without a deal at the end of October and consider the EU's preparations for this eventuality to be "largely completed." In its...

UK planning post-Brexit freight service for vital medicines

Aug. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government wants to create an "express freight service" to ensure essential medicines are still available if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a divorce deal. The Department of Health said Thursday it is inviting potential providers to submit offers for a contract lasting...

UK Labour leader lays out plan to stop a no-deal Brexit

Aug. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain's biggest opposition party on Wednesday urged other opposition forces to unite, topple Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government and prevent Britain from leaving the European Union in October without a divorce agreement. The move came after Johnson accused...

UK inflation edges back above 2% target in July

Aug. 14, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that inflation in Britain has unexpectedly risen back above the Bank of England's target, but with the Brexit date approaching there is little pressure on policymakers at the central bank to raise interest rates. The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that...

Bolton's UK trade-deal promise leaves questions unanswered

Aug. 13, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that getting a free trade deal with the United States would be "a tough old haggle," after U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the U.K. quick sector-by-sector trade deals once it leaves the European Union. Bolton said after...

German investor confidence sags over trade conflict, Brexit

Aug. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An indicator of investors' view of the German economy fell to its lowest since December 2011 amid concerns about the U.S.-China trade conflict, the chance of a disorderly Brexit and a possible competition among countries to devalue their currencies. The ZEW institute's indicator...