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Peace in sight? Paris summit seeks solution for Ukraine war

Dec. 9, 2019 5:18 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A long-awaited summit in Paris on Monday is aiming to find a way to end the war in Ukraine, after five years and 14,000 lives lost in a conflict that has emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics. The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are holding a series of...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week

Dec. 9, 2019 12:18 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday, cheered by a wave of buying late last week on Wall Street that was spurred by strong U.S. jobs numbers and optimism over China-U.S. trade. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.4% in early trading to 23,439.13, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added...

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated...

Protesters: Ukraine's leader must defend nation at summit

Dec. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...

In Florida, Trump says he's Israel's best pal in White House

Dec. 8, 2019 1:56 AM EST

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that Israel has never had a better friend in the White House than him because, unlike his predecessors, “I kept my promises." Trump energized an audience that numbered in the hundreds at the Israeli American Council National Summit in...

US opens first round of resurrected peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce...

Reddit bans accounts, suspects possible UK vote interference

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The prospect of Russian interference in Britain's election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general U.K. vote. Reddit said in a statement...

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...

Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

Dec. 7, 2019 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues...

'Mexico, US, Canada trade talks continue in Washington

Dec. 6, 2019 9:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico’s top trade negotiator wrapped up an 11-hour meeting with his U.S. counterpart Friday night, saying they had not finalized a new trade agreement for Mexico, United States and Canada. “We are working on all the issues. It is not easy, but we are working well,”...