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Zimbabwe's civil servants protest pay as inflation hits 176%

Jul. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers Tuesday protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy. Holding placards and singing songs denouncing the country's...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

UK ambassador to US quits after leaked cables enrage Trump

Jul. 10, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday after being branded a fool and made a diplomatic nobody by President Donald Trump following the leak of the envoy's unflattering opinions about the U.S. administration. Storm clouds gathered over the trans-Atlantic relationship as...

Trump will 'no longer deal' with UK envoy who panned him

Jul. 8, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Monday to cut off contact with Britain's ambassador to the United States after leaked diplomatic cables revealed the envoy called the Trump administration "dysfunctional" and "inept." The U.S. leader tweeted about Ambassador Kim Darroch a day after a British...

Turkey: Key facts in Istanbul's rerun election

Jun. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Voters in Istanbul return to the polls Sunday for a rerun of the Turkish city's mayoral election. Turkey's top election authority voided the first vote, which an opposition candidate narrowly won. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party challenged the March 31 vote, alleging irregularities....

AP Interview: Ex-official urges dropping HK extradition bill

Jun. 14, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's former Chief Secretary Anson Chan — long an outspoken advocate for more democracy in the ex-British colony — is urging the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, to shelve proposed extradition legislation that has sparked mass protests. On Wednesday, dozens of people...

The Latest: China summons US envoy over Hong Kong criticism

Jun. 14, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong extradition bill and protests (all times local): 8:20 p.m. China has summoned a U.S. envoy in Beijing to protest what it calls "irresponsible words and deeds" on an extradition bill that has triggered massive demonstrations in Hong Kong. China's foreign ministry...

Retirees defy Puerto Rico govt, get pension deal with board

Jun. 12, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of retired public employees has defied Puerto Rico's government and reached a deal with a federal control board overseeing the island's finances as it works to restructure more than $50 billion in pension liabilities, officials said Wednesday. The announcement angered...

Legal experts: California reporter did not commit crime

May. 23, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A battle between the press and police is playing out in politically liberal San Francisco after police raided a freelance reporter's home and office seeking to uncover the source of a leaked police report into the unexpected death of the city's former elected public defender....

The Latest: Austrian leader expects far right to quit gov't

May. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right Freedom Party to leave his government as it has threatened to do. Kurz, who has asked Austria's president to remove Interior...