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Consumer products, health care companies lead stock gains

Mar. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading on Wall Street Tuesday as the market extended a winning streak well into a second week. Consumer product makers, health care and technology companies posted some of the biggest gains. Chipmakers were among the biggest winners. Advanced Micro...

Italy to join China initiative despite US objections

Mar. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Premier Giuseppe Conte pledged Tuesday to make Italy the first Group of Seven nation to join China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative, despite objections from the United States and concerns within his governing coalition. Speaking to parliament, Conte said that Italy's signing of a...

Court: Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes

Mar. 19, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany ruled Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure U.S. drone strikes controlled with the help of an American base on German territory are in line with international law, but judges stopped short of ordering the ban that human rights activists had called...

Brazil's Trump-friendly president heading to the White House

Mar. 19, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Brazilian leader who has been dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics" is ready for his first White House visit. President Donald Trump will meet Tuesday with Brazil's new president, the hard-right Jair Bolsonaro. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including ways to...

US adds Venezuelan state mining company to sanctions list

Mar. 19, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has added a Venezuelan state-owned mining company and its president to a growing sanctions list as it seeks to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro. The Treasury Department says the gold mining company known as Minerven and Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata are helping to prop...

The Latest: Italian killed while fighting IS in Syria

Mar. 19, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A Kurdish force fighting the Islamic State group in Syria is confirming the death of an Italian national killed while battling the extremist group. The People's Protection Units, or YPG, say Lorenzo Orsetti, 33, joined their...

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

Mar. 19, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is considered sure to leave its key short-term interest rate unchanged Wednesday and to stress its new watchword — "patient"— in conveying its intention to leave rates alone for the foreseeable future. The Fed has made clear that with a dimmer economic...

US-backed force says it captured IS camp in Syria

Mar. 19, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces took control Tuesday of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after dozens of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were...

Global markets recover as focus turns towards Fed decision

Mar. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets recovered their poise Tuesday after a lackluster session in Asia as investors digested the latest bout of Brexit uncertainty and prepared for a key U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. In Europe, France's CAC 40 rose 0.5 percent to 5,440, while Germany's DAX climbed 1 percent to...

US backs Venezuela opposition to take UN disarmament role

Mar. 19, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat says her country wants an envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to take up the rotating presidency of a key U.N. disarmament body in two months. Assistant Secretary Yleem Poblete used the United States' turn to hold the rotating presidency of the Conference on...