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UN top court shouldn't urge Israel to immediately withdraw from Palestinian-claimed lands, US says

Feb. 21, 2024 08:15 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United States said Wednesday the United Nations' top court should not issue an advisory opinion that says Israel should “immediately and unconditionally withdraw” from territories sought for a Palestinian state. Acting State Department legal...

Thousands of farmers advance on Madrid for a major tractor protest over EU policies

Feb. 21, 2024 07:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of farmers drove their tractors into central Madrid on Wednesday as part of ongoing protests against European Union and local farming policies and to demand measures to alleviate production cost hikes. The protest, the biggest to take place in the Spanish...

Louisiana governor urges lawmakers to pass tough-on-crime legislation

Feb. 19, 2024 20:28 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana's crime-focused special legislative session kicked off Monday afternoon, Republican Gov. Jeff Landry urged the GOP-dominated Legislature to pass tough-on-crime policies, assuring lawmakers that he would sign the bills into law. Among the...

French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic far-right groups

Feb. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EST

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, France (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a...

Nigeria’s currency has fallen to a record low as inflation surges. How did things get so bad?

Feb. 17, 2024 01:11 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians are facing one of the West African nation’s worst economic crises in years triggered by surging inflation, the result of monetary policies that have pushed the currency to an all-time low against the dollar. The situation has provoked anger and protests across...

Biden's rightward shift on immigration angers advocates. But it's resonating with many Democrats

Feb. 17, 2024 00:04 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In his 2020 campaign, Joe Biden vowed to undo former President Donald Trump ’s immigration policies, specifically expressing frustration with a policy setting limits on the number of asylum seekers accepted each day at the southern border. This year, Biden backed...

WTO chief insists trade body remains relevant as tariff-wielding Trump makes a run at White House

Feb. 16, 2024 12:14 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization insisted Friday that it remains relevant and its leaders focus on reform “no matter who comes into power" as Donald Trump — who as U.S. president bypassed WTO rules by slapping tariffs on America's friends and foes alike — makes another...

Polish prime minister says his country and Finland want changes on EU border policies on migration

Feb. 16, 2024 06:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister said on Friday that his country will upgrade the wall on its border with Belarus to better insulate the frontier against unauthorized migration. Donald Tusk also said that Poland and Finland both see the need for changes in the...

Algeria's black market for foreign currency underlines its economic woes

Feb. 16, 2024 00:12 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a square near the center of Algiers, currency traders carry wads of euros, pounds and dollars, hoping to exchange them to those worried about the plummeting value of the Algerian dinar. This black market for foreign currencies is among the signs of the...

US eases restrictions on Wells Fargo after years of strict oversight following scandal

Feb. 15, 2024 20:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration eased some of the restrictions on banking giant Wells Fargo, saying the bank has sufficiently fixed its toxic culture after years of scandals. The news sent Wells Fargo's stock up sharply Thursday as investors speculated that the bank,...