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Democrats to argue Republicans rushing top Labor nominee

Sep. 19, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing, even as Democrats argue that they haven't had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests. Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his pick , the...

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Sep. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on...

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu's political future in doubt

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After a decade of mesmerizing world leaders, subduing his rivals and eking out dramatic election victories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is suddenly in doubt. With near-final results from Israel's election on Tuesday, he has been left well short of the parliamentary...

Grassley questions Trump Labor chief pick on whistleblowing

Sep. 18, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley is expressing concern about President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, questioning Eugene Scalia's record on whistleblower protections. Grassley said Wednesday on a call with reporters that he's concerned about briefs Scalia wrote while...

AG's chief of staff confirmed to head utilities commission

Sep. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Executive Council has confirmed the attorney general's chief of staff to be the next head of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. The council voted in favor of Dianne Martin on Wednesday. Martin, of Deerfield, has been associate attorney general and chief of staff to...

Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

Sep. 16, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry confirmed the move, saying the Solomon Islands Cabinet approved a resolution to recognize Beijing as the...

Japan's leader taps new Cabinet ministers to freshen image

Sep. 11, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday, adding two women and the son of a former leader to freshen his image but maintaining continuity on U.S.-oriented trade and security policies. Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's postwar history, kept key...

Thai Cabinet minister denies drug conviction report

Sep. 10, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A member of Thailand's Cabinet said Tuesday that an Australian newspaper report that he was imprisoned there for four years on a drug smuggling conviction was concocted by his political enemies, and he has no plans to resign. Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao was responding to a...

AU lifts Sudan suspension saying it created civilian gov't

Sep. 6, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The African Union said Friday it lifted Sudan's suspension because it established a civilian-led transitional government following the military's ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in April. The move came a day after Sudan's newly appointed prime minister formed a new Cabinet, part...

Kansas' Pompeo could swing Senate race, but will he run?

Sep. 6, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't address speculation that he might run for the Senate in Kansas during a Friday college lecture in his home state, though some who attended left convinced it's still possible. Pompeo focused his speech at Kansas State University on arguing...