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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Critics say Mexico social programs used for political ends

Jan. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Shortly before taking office, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers — 18,000 of them — to carry out an unusual mission for an administration yet to begin. The team dubbed the “servants of the nation” set out...

UN official warns Yemen could face brink of famine again

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen could face the threat of famine again because of the rapid depreciation of its currency and disruptions to salary payments, a senior U.N. humanitarian official warned the Security Council on Thursday. At the same time, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen reported a...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Kansas shows researcher Franklin Feng Tao. Tao concealed work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas and recruited at least four researchers and students, according to revised federal charges filed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Kelsey Kimberlin/University of Kansas via AP, File)

Attorney: Kansas researcher denies concealing Chinese work

Jan. 16, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a Kansas researcher accused of concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas hit back on Thursday against a new indictment, saying the case has nothing to do with the Chinese government's alleged attempts obtain U.S. intellectual...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, Sen. Kiki Curls, D-Jackson County, records during a Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee hearing in the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, announced the appointments of of Curls to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and Sen. Jason Holsman to the Missouri Public Service Commission. (Julie Smith/The News-Tribune via AP, File)

Missouri governor appoints 2 Democratic senators to new jobs

Jan. 13, 2020 8:20 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed two Democratic state senators from Kansas City to new executive branch jobs. The Republican governor on Monday announced the appointments of of Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo completed Boeing 737 MAX fuselages, made at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan., sit covered in tarps near the factory. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems announced it is laying off 2,800 employees at its Wichita facility due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File)

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

Jan. 10, 2020 4:48 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas, where it is based. The announcement of 2,800 layoffs at a major...

Man gets 4-year prison term for $12 million tax return scam

Jan. 10, 2020 9:46 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a tax return scheme that netted nearly $900,000. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Babatunde Olusegun Taiwo, who agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in September. Federal prosecutors said Taiwo, co-conspirator Kevin...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo people stand in line to inquire about jobs available at the Bean Automotive Group during a job fair in Miami. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, the U.S. government issues the December jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US employers expected to have added 160,000 jobs in December

Jan. 10, 2020 2:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market appears to be entering 2020 on a solid footing. Economists expect that Friday's jobs report will show job gains of 160,000 in December, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.5%, according to the data provider FactSet. But key in the report will be whether the...

In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. The misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative business, in part funded by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Dec. 31, 2019 3:15 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the...

A Lebanese protester speaks with a bank teller during a sit-in at the Hamra branch of BLC Bank Dec. 28, 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon. Dozens of Lebanese protesters held a brief sit-in inside a bank in Beirut and another in the country's south on Saturday, part of their focus on banking policies they complain are inefficient and corrupt.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Lebanese protesters turn their ire on banks

Dec. 28, 2019 1:29 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese protesters held a brief sit-in inside a bank in Beirut and another in the country's south on Saturday, part of their focus on banking policies they complain are inefficient and corrupt. Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis in decades, while protests against...

This Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 photo, shows an empty restaurant at lunchtime, in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's unprecedented economic crisis and two months of mass protests have taken a huge toll on hotel and restaurant industries, with massive losses reported by various businesses. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon’s vital tourism industry takes huge hit amid turmoil

Dec. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s unprecedented economic and financial crisis has taken a huge toll on the hospitality sector, a mainstay of the Lebanese economy, with hundreds of restaurants closing and hotel occupancy plummeting. In recent years, there has been talk about the tiny Mediterranean country...