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Mystery grows over Lebanon aid hold-up as impeachment looms

Nov. 22, 2019 11:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team. It’s an assertion of control of foreign aid similar to the delay in support for Ukraine that is at...

Iran internet slowly revives; US sanctions telecom minister

Nov. 22, 2019 11:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the...

US stock indexes inch higher amid rising global tide

Nov. 22, 2019 10:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher in morning trading Friday as a week dominated by the progress in U.S.-China trade talks — or lack thereof — comes to a close. President Donald Trump said that a deal between the world’s largest economies is “potentially very...

The Trump impeachment hearings highlight immigrants’ stories

Nov. 22, 2019 10:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds,...

Ukraine: Troubled, unwitting star of Trump impeachment drama

Nov. 22, 2019 10:08 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine seems destined to be tangled up in other people’s problems. With four EU countries on one side and Russia on the other, this Texas-sized nation has been trapped in a tug-of-war between the Kremlin and the U.S.-led West ever since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union led...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claims he’s the reason China hasn’t taken steps to crush pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Trump says he asked his “friend” Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) not to send in the military. Trump told “Fox &...

AP FACT CHECK: Leaders’ questionable claims in U.K. election

Nov. 22, 2019 8:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Claims of ruinous spending sprees and twisted truths are flying in during campaigning for Britain’s Dec. 12 election, in which all 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. The main parties are touting ambitious spending plans while warning of the alleged economic damage that...

Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options

Nov. 22, 2019 8:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Advent, to some Christians, is the four Sundays before Christmas. More generally, the variation of the Latin word for “coming” marks the season to prepare for the holiday. Among rituals associated with the Advent is keeping an Advent calendar. Some reusable versions begin...

The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t expect to be impeached

Nov. 22, 2019 8:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump says he does not expect to be impeached, claiming Democrats have “absolutely nothing” incriminating, despite days of public testimony by witnesses who...

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets

Nov. 22, 2019 8:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The parents of a former U.S. hostage who died after being released from North Korea in a coma in 2017 say they are committed to finding and shutting down illicit North Korean business assets around the world in efforts to hold its government accountable for widespread human rights...