Latest Government and politics News

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

Oct. 17, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said. He was 68. Cummings was a...

US delegation seeking a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against Islamic State...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

Oct. 17, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai. This is the site of Expo 2020, a...

The Latest: Farage urges rejection of Brexit deal

Oct. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1 p.m. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has urged the U.K. Parliament to reject the new tentative deal reached between the British government and the European Union. Farage said Thursday the deal is "just not Brexit" and would bind Britain to the EU...

Gibraltar holds election amid uncertainty of Brexit outcome

Oct. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An election for Gibraltar's 17-seat parliament took place Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty about what Brexit will bring for the speck of British territory on Spain's southern tip. The Rock's about 34,000 residents didn't want to leave the European Union — in the 2016...

The Latest: Russia's Putin raises Syria concerns with Turkey

Oct. 17, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Kremlin says Russia's President Vladimir Putin will discuss humanitarian problems stemming from Turkey's military operation into northern Syria when he meets with his Turkish counterpart next week. Putin...

China detains 2 US citizens who ran teaching program

Oct. 17, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it detained two U.S. citizens on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border, amid sharpening tensions between the sides over trade, technology and other sensitive issues. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said police in the eastern province...

The Latest: Pence, Pompeo arrive in Turkey to meet Erdogan

Oct. 17, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. delegation's trip to Turkey (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) have arrived in Turkey to mount an improbable push for a cease-fire in Syria. Their visit to Ankara on Thursday to meet with...

London commuters scuffle with climate activists

Oct. 17, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital. Londoners have largely tolerated a series of peaceful protests in recent days by the Extinction Rebellion group, but...

EU negotiator: Johnson told EU Commission president he is confident he can get deal through Britain's House of Commons

Oct. 17, 2019 6:32 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU negotiator: Johnson told EU Commission president he is confident he can get deal through Britain's House of Commons.