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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

Nov. 30, 2020 6:12 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of liberal advisers who have long focused on the nation’s workers and government efforts to address economic inequality. Janet Yellen,...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a bi-weekly news conference outside Rideau cottage on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada to add to record deficit in pandemic recovery attempt

Nov. 30, 2020 5:29 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government vowed Monday to spend billions more to help the country recover from the pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said the country is facing its most severe challenge since World War II, the worst...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the morning sun illuminates the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning to Washington for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal making on a challenging menu of year-end business. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

Nov. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business. COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, right, after pleading guilty to funneling donations from foreigners to U.S. political campaigns.  Zuberi, an elite political fundraiser, had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi’s life was built on a series of lies and the lucrative enterprise of filling the campaign coffers of American politicians and profiting from the resulting influence. They describe him as a “mercenary” political donor who gave to anyone -- often using foreign money given through illegal straw donors. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

'Mercenary' donor sold access for millions in foreign money

Nov. 30, 2020 12:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at...

FILE - In this Nov.21, 2020 file photo a demonstrator takes a picture of policemen during a protest against bill on police images, in Paris. As videos helped reveal many cases of police brutality, French civil rights activists voiced fears that a new security law would threaten efforts by people from minorities and poor neighborhoods to document incidents involving law enforcement officers. French President Emmanuel Macron's government is pushing a new security bill that would notably make it illegal to publish images of officers with intent to cause them harm. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Uproar in France over proposed limits on filming police

Nov. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French activists fear that a proposed new security law will deprive them of a potent weapon against abuse — cellphone videos of police activity — threatening their efforts to document possible cases of police brutality, especially in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods. French...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Merkel and the country's 16 state governors have agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas period. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany's Merkel: Brexit no-deal would set bad example

Nov. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that Britain and the European Union would set a bad example if they fail to reach a deal on their future relationship, but again insisted that the EU doesn't want a deal at any price. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but remained part of the...

Pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai gestures during an interview at his office in Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Nov. 19, 2020. After nearly three decades in politics, the 58-year-old Wu, chairman of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party, is stepping down Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. All 15 lawmakers in the pro-democracy camp have decided to resign to protest a Beijing resolution in early November that led to the disqualifications of four of their colleagues. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

AP Interview: HK lawmaker says democracy fight needs rethink

Nov. 29, 2020 10:34 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — When Wu Chi-wai, chairman of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party, decided to serve an extended term in the city’s legislature, he did not expect to resign two months later. After nearly three decades in politics, the 58-year-old Wu is stepping down Monday. All 15...

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, centre, with his team as he walks to a conference centre in Westminster in London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Teams from Britain and the European Union are continuing face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the little remaining time. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'

Nov. 29, 2020 7:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights

Nov. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. Among...

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, center, and his team in Westminster, London, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020, ahead of talks with the UK Government. Teams from Britain and the European Union are resuming face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, but both sides sound gloomy about striking an agreement in the little remaining time. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

Nov. 28, 2020 7:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returned to London to meet his U.K. counterpart David...