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US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

Global stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over possible new U.S.-China talks despite heightened Middle East tensions. In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.6% to 7,556.70 and Frankfurt's DAX climbed 0.85% to 12,392.70. France's CAC-40 jumped 0.3% to 5584.15. On Wall Street, futures...

Kim inspects new sub, wants North Korea's military bolstered

Jul. 23, 2019 4:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a newly built submarine and ordered officials to further bolster the country's military capabilities, state media reported Tuesday, as the North increases pressure on the United States ahead of the possible resumption of nuclear...

The Latest: Venezuela government says attack caused blackout

Jul. 23, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's blackout (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Venezuela's socialist government is blaming a nationwide blackout on an "electromagnetic attack" against the nation's hydroelectric system. Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez read a statement broadcast on...

Asian stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over possible new U.S.-China talks despite concerns about rising Middle East tensions. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all climbed. Traders were encouraged by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's suggestion last week that...

1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 23, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If the Tokyo Olympics were opening today, the United States would top the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the forecast released Tuesday by Gracenote Sports , which supplies statistical analysis for sports leagues around the world. Simon Gleave, the head of sports analysis...

Deal sealed on federal budget, ensuring no shutdown, default

Jul. 23, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday a critical debt and budget agreement that's an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default....

Much of Venezuela in the dark again after massive blackout

Jul. 23, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The lights went out across much of Venezuela, reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago as the government once again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation's hydroelectric power system. The power in the capital went out after 4 p.m....

The Latest: Trump says he's 'best thing' for Puerto Rico

Jul. 22, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on protests against Puerto Rico's governor (all times local): 3:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's "the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico" and he's renewing his attacks on the U.S. territory's officials on a day when tens of thousands are marching on...

Ledecky withdraws from 2 events at worlds due to illness

Jul. 22, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky withdrew from the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries and the 1,500-meter final Tuesday at the world swimming championships because of illness. Her coach Greg Meehan said doctors were assessing Ledecky, but had no official diagnosis. "She woke up this morning and...