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The hotel Intercontinental is photographed in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. US President Donald Trump is due to stay at the hotel for one night during his two-days visit to the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum will start on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Trump on mission to sell US overseas as Senate trial resumes

Jan. 21, 2020 12:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on a mission to sell the United States to the global business community just as his historic impeachment trial gets underway in the Senate. When the trial reconvenes Tuesday afternoon in Washington, Trump will be thousands of miles away trying to charm global...

President Donald Trump returns to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, from a campaign trip to Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump heading to Switzerland as impeachment trial reconvenes

Jan. 20, 2020 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial is called to order in the Senate this week, he won’t be watching from inside the chamber or on television from the White House. He'll be thousands of miles away at the Davos economic forum in the Swiss Alps, trying to...

Migrants from Bangladesh push a trolley with collected plastic items as they pass in front the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Creditors start checkup as Greece seeks lower budget targets

Jan. 20, 2020 8:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials from Greece's bailout-creditor institutions are in Athens for an inspection of the country's public finances, as the center-right government is pressing for more lenient budget performance targets. The weeklong inspection began Monday, and involves the European Commission,...

In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, protesters hold flowers as tear gas fired by police rises at a demonstration in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, online videos purported to show that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)

Video: 20 seconds of terror between missiles in Iran crash

Jan. 15, 2020 12:10 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to" for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported to show two surface-to-air missiles 20 seconds apart...

FILE- In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, NATO forces attend the graduation ceremony of Afghan National Army soldiers from a 3-month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Iran warning puts thousands of European troops in spotlight

Jan. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A warning by Iran's president that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations join the U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic puts a focus on thousands of foreign troops in the region. Britain, France, and Germany have spent months...

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence Fink is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network's

Climate is changing. Investing needs to, too, says BlackRock

Jan. 14, 2020 3:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A changing climate means dramatic risks for the world — and for investments too, the chief of the world’s largest investment manager said Tuesday. To prepare for and protect against those risks, BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink said in his influential annual letter to CEOs that his...

Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

EU seeks to suspend chamber disciplining Polish judges

Jan. 14, 2020 2:52 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union asked its highest court on Tuesday to order the Polish government to suspend a new chamber to the country's Supreme Court whose job is to discipline judges. Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller said the EU has no power to order the European Court of Justice to...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech at the European parliament Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will present the priorities of the rotating Council presidency for the next six months. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU lays out 1 trillion-euro plan to support Green Deal

Jan. 14, 2020 2:30 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to dedicate a quarter of its budget to tackling climate change and to work to shift 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) in investment toward making the EU's economy more environmentally friendly over the next 10 years. Aiming to deliver on European Commission President...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen kisses EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michael Barnier on the cheek as they depart 10 Downing Street following a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

France rejects 11-month deadline UK sets on EU trade talks

Jan. 10, 2020 10:19 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — France made it clear Friday that it does not want to be shackled to the tight deadline British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to impose for the upcoming free trade talks between Britain and the European Union. Johnson has said discussions about the future must be completed by the...

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2019 file photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, Iran. The landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers meant to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons has been teetering on the edge of collapse since the U.S. pulled unilaterally in 2018. The EU said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that it will “spare no effort” to keep the deal alive, but with tensions between the U.S. escalating into open hostilities it's seeming increasingly unlikely that will be possible. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

Flaring tensions could kill Iran nuclear deal; to what end?

Jan. 10, 2020 1:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons has been teetering on the edge of collapse since the United States pulled out unilaterally in 2018. The European Union says it will “spare no effort” to keep the deal...