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Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas

May. 20, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and have repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas. ...

Biden's approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll

May. 20, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party. Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll...

Economy, China, climate dominate as Australia set for polls

May. 20, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians will go to the polls on Saturday following a six-week campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears of a Chinese military outpost being established less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off Australia’s shore. ...

Biden's burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes

May. 18, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden embarks for Asia on Thursday, he's facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories. The world economy...

Democratic Wisconsin Senate hopeful Barnes releases first ad

May. 18, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes highlights his middle class upbringing in his first television ad released Wednesday, after two of his primary challengers have already spent millions on TV spots and as polls show a tightening race. The...

EXPLAINER: What's behind difficult Taiwan-China relations?

May. 18, 2022 05:37 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. authorities say the gunman behind an attack on a church in southern California in which one person was killed and five injured was motivated by a hatred for Taiwan. Although born in Taiwan, David Chou nurtured a resentment toward the Taiwanese and...

Biden's leadership of Democrats faces test in next primaries

May. 16, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In his telling, President Joe Biden's political philosophy is rooted in Pennsylvania, where the son of Scranton grew up watching families struggle to make ends meet. But as Democrats in the president's home state choose a nominee on Tuesday for a critical U.S....

Australian prime minister launches campaign days before poll

May. 15, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s embattled prime minister on Sunday officially launched his conservative party’s campaign less than a week before elections, highlighting the nation’s early success in containing the pandemic and its strong economic recovery. Prime...

Turkey's leader opposes letting Finland, Sweden join NATO

May. 13, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country is “not favorable” toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO, indicating Turkey could use its membership in the Western military alliance to veto moves to admit the two countries. “We are...

Finland's leaders call for NATO membership 'without delay'

May. 12, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine. The annoucement by...