Latest Government policy News

Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader heads to reelection as competitors concede early

May. 19, 2024 23:30 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader is headed to a second term following Sunday’s general elections, declaring victory after his top competitors conceded early in the night as he held a strong leader in early vote tallies. The...

Social divisions and hostile rhetoric in Slovakia provide fertile ground for political violence

May. 17, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When a gunman shot Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico this week, shock rippled across the Central European country — even though the pro-Russia leader himself warned that the nation was so divided that an assassination attempt was possible. Slovaks have...

China rolls out new measures to fix its property crisis, spur growth

May. 17, 2024 04:48 AM EDT

China announced a slate of fresh measures Friday to reinvigorate its ailing property industry after the latest data showed housing prices have slumped nearly 10% since the start of the year. Among other things, the central bank said it would reduce the minimum down payment for...

Haiti's crisis rises to the forefront of elections in neighboring Dominican Republic

May. 16, 2024 23:25 PM EDT

VERON, Dominican Republic (AP) — As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, the Dominican Republic will hold elections Sunday that have been defined by calls for more crackdowns on migrants and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. Politics in the...

Canadian historian Michael Ignatieff wins Spain's Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences

May. 15, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Canadian historian and writer Michael Ignatieff has won Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences for his “critical reflections on the major conflicts of our time,” prize organizers said Wednesday. With more than 20 books that range from human...

Biden hikes tariffs on Chinese EVs, solar cells, steel, aluminum — and snipes at Trump

May. 14, 2024 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden slapped major new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, advanced batteries, solar cells, steel, aluminum and medical equipment on Tuesday, taking potshots at Donald Trump along the way as he embraced a strategy that's increasing friction between the world's...

New US tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, batteries and solar cells could raise consumer prices

May. 14, 2024 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles and batteries, solar cells, medical equipment and other goods are intended to protect U.S. jobs and manufacturers. They could raise prices on certain specific items, experts say, though a broad inflationary impact is unlikely in the short...

France imposes curfew in New Caledonia after unrest by people who have long sought independence

May. 14, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Authorities in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia announced a two-day curfew and banned gatherings on Tuesday after violent unrest on the archipelago with decades of tensions between indigenous Kanaks seeking independence and colonizers' descendants who want to remain part...

Proposed Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment draws rival crowds to Capitol for crucial votes

May. 14, 2024 08:11 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Impassioned supporters and opponents of a far-reaching Equal Rights Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution flocked to the State Capitol ahead of crucial votes aimed at putting it on the 2026 ballot. However, the state House adjourned without voting on the...

Polish activists criticize Tusk's government for tough border policies and migrant pushbacks

May. 13, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Refugee rights activists on Monday criticized Poland's pro-European Union government for plans to tighten security at the border with Belarus and for continuing a policy initiated by predecessors of pushing migrants back across the border there. The activists...