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Brazil's Bolsonaro visits CIA on first US trip

Mar. 18, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Brazil visited CIA headquarters Monday on his first official trip to the U.S., an unusual move that reflects the country's shift in leadership to a more pro-American stance. President Jair Bolsonaro planned to discuss "international themes in the region" at the visit to...

Energy companies lead modest gains for US stock indexes

Mar. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

U.S. stock indexes finished modestly higher Monday, extending the market's solid gains from a rally last week. Energy companies notched the biggest gains after the price of U.S. crude oil closed above $59 a barrel for the first time since November. Smaller company stocks fared better than the rest of the market....

Court: Alabama can't keep its lethal injection method secret

Mar. 18, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court sided with news media organizations Monday in ruling that Alabama can't keep its lethal injection protocol secret from the public. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected Alabama's argument that its execution method is not a...

IMF staff concludes third review of Argentina program

Mar. 18, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An International Monetary Fund mission and Argentine authorities have reached an agreement on the third review of a $56 billion IMF-supported program. If the IMF executive board approves the review in the coming weeks, Argentina would have access to $11 billion, bringing the total amount...

Czech Budweiser brewer worries about Brexit impact

Mar. 18, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — The Budejovicky Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic managed to survive a decades-long trademark battle over whether it could call its beer Budweiser. But now it faces another potential threat: Brexit. The United Kingdom is one of the brewer's top five markets,...

Global shares rise as investors watch US-China trade talks

Mar. 18, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — European shares were mixed by midday while Asian markets closed higher on Monday as investors awaited signs the U.S. and China could be making progress in negotiations on resolving the trade war between the two biggest economies. France's CAC 40 was unchanged at 5,405. Germany's DAX slid 0.2...

Fresh rallies against al-Bashir as Sudan secures $300M loans

Mar. 17, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of Sudanese took part in anti-government protests in the capital and other cities on Sunday as the government announced it had secured $300 million in loans to address the economic crisis that triggered the unrest. The demonstrations began in December over price hikes and food...

With treaty set to expire, will there be rough waters ahead?

Mar. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and Canada don't strike a deal. At issue is the Columbia River Treaty, a transboundary agreement that has...

Beyond veto: Trump seeks more workarounds to avoid Congress

Mar. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first veto was more than a milestone. It signals a new era of ever perilous relations between the executive and legislative branches of government. Trump's agenda was stymied even before his party lost unified control of Washington at the start of the year and he...

US business groups encouraged by prospect of US-China deal

Mar. 16, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business groups said Friday they are encouraged by China's approval of a new law that loosens restrictions on foreign investment and said it could help smooth the way to a substantive trade agreement between the two countries. China's ceremonial legislature passed a measure Thursday...