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Russia faces next wave of punishment in endless doping saga

Dec. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The never-ending Russia doping saga hits another dramatic peak Monday when its Tokyo Olympics status and prospects for hosting international sports events are on the line. World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have been urged by expert advisers to take a hard line on Russian state tampering with a...

North Korea says denuclearization not on negotiating table

Dec. 7, 2019 4:32 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that denuclearization has “already gone out of the negotiation table” and it does not need to have lengthy talks with the United States as the end-of-year deadline set by its leader Kim Jong Un for substantial U.S. concessions in nuclear...

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Dec. 7, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National...

Q&A: Does a manufacturing slump threaten the US economy?

Dec. 7, 2019 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying fears and predictions, the U.S. economy is still shrugging off President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts. Employers added a sizzling 266,000 jobs in November, and unemployment matched a 50-year low of 3.5% — all while the Trump administration is waging a bruising...

Pro-government protesters denounce Hong Kong 'rioters'

Dec. 7, 2019 7:15 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Only after finding safety in numbers, joining hundreds of other pro-government protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, did Reddy Lin drum up the courage to slip into her red T-shirt marked, “China, I love you” and glue a heart-shaped Chinese-flag sticker on her face. But for...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Dec. 7, 2019 12:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the...

US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

Dec. 6, 2019 5:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses have complained for years that they can’t find the workers they need to fill available jobs. November’s robust hiring gain suggests that at least some have found a way to do so. With the unemployment rate now at a half-century low of 3.5%, many economists...

US envoy: US has `other tools' if Iran's bad actions go on

Dec. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign and use “other tools” if Tehran continues its “malicious behavior.” Craft also told her first press conference since arriving at the...

Economic adviser: China wants to keep negotiating with Trump

Dec. 6, 2019 1:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's economic adviser said Friday that he doesn't think China is slow-walking trade talks with the United States to see whether Trump is reelected next year. Larry Kudlow told reporters at the White House that he spent an hour on Thursday with a “grand, older...

Tiger Woods is everywhere in this President Cup

Dec. 6, 2019 12:57 PM EST

The role of Presidents Cup captain typically is reserved for players in the twilight of their careers. Nothing is typical about Tiger Woods. Six months after he was appointed U.S. captain, he won the Tour Championship and nearly captured the FedEx Cup. While picking out team uniforms and choosing vice captains,...