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Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb.

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — About 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandoned the government of President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian authorities said Monday. Colombia's foreign ministry released the updated number of...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

Brazil's Bolsonaro visits CIA on first US trip

Mar. 18, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Brazil visited CIA headquarters Monday on his first official trip to the U.S., an unusual move that reflects the country's shift in leadership to a more pro-American stance. President Jair Bolsonaro planned to discuss "international themes in the region" at the visit to...

Energy companies lead modest gains for US stock indexes

Mar. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

U.S. stock indexes finished modestly higher Monday, extending the market's solid gains from a rally last week. Energy companies notched the biggest gains after the price of U.S. crude oil closed above $59 a barrel for the first time since November. Smaller company stocks fared better than the rest of the market....

Marketing group fined $1 million in FIFA corruption case

Mar. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in the...

Emerging online threats changing Homeland Security's role

Mar. 18, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that her department may have been founded to combat terrorism, but its mission is shifting to also confront emerging online threats. China, Iran and other countries are mimicking the approach that Russia used to interfere in the...

US, Russia to hold talks on Venezuela in Rome

Mar. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. and Russian officials are meeting in Rome this week to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The U.S. State Department says Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, will hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and other Russian officials on Monday and...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

Expectations of weaker economy unites small business owners

Mar. 18, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Although small businesses vary widely in terms of size, industry and issues, they do appear to be generally united by a growing uneasiness about the economy. Several surveys and economic reports released in recent weeks show that company owners have more trust in their businesses than the...

Iraqi who allegedly killed US troops charged in Germany

Mar. 18, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have charged three Iraqi men with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations they fought for the Islamic State group in their home country, including one suspected of attacks that killed American soldiers. Federal prosecutors said Monday Mohammed Rafea Yassen Y.,...