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Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...

EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The ministers said in a statement that in light of Turkey's...

Trump signs order to make American-made goods more American

Jul. 15, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for American-made...

European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus.

France's Macron vows to help restart Serbia-Kosovo talks

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to help jumpstart stalled negotiations to resolve Serbia's independence dispute with former province Kosovo so a lasting solution can be found for the decades-long Balkan crisis. Macron, making the first visit to Serbia by a French...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

Brazilian VP backs Bolsonaro's son as US ambassador

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's vice president says he would support President Jair Bolsonaro if he decides to nominate his son to be ambassador to the United States. Vice President Hamilton Mourao said Monday that he believed Eduardo Bolsonaro met the country's legal requirements for the job and he didn't...

UK leadership contenders criticize Trump's lawmaker tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two men competing to succeed her condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's berating of four female lawmakers of color but stopped short Monday of calling his remarks racist. Trump tweeted Sunday that the liberal Democrats should go back to the "broken...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...

Venezuelan government, opposition resume talks in Barbados

Jul. 15, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government and the opposition are resuming talks aimed at ending the political crisis in their country, the country's information minister said Monday. Jorge Rodríguez said on Twitter that he and the rest of the government's delegation have arrived for...