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Pakistani rupee drops to record low amid talks with IMF

May. 19, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s currency plummeted to an all-time record low in intraday trading against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, amid uncertainty about the success of crucial talks between the International Monetary Fund and the government of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif who is considering...

Ex-Fort Bragg worker gets 3 years for taking bribes

May. 19, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who worked at Fort Bragg was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison for bribery and money laundering related to government contracts, according to a federal prosecutor. U.S. Attorney Michael Easley said in a news release...

German intel chief says espionage at Cold War levels

May. 19, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service said Thursday that levels of espionage are as high as during the Cold War, or even higher. Thomas Haldenwang, president of the BfV intelligence agency, also warned of the increased risk of sabotage against the...

Live updates | Kremlin says Ukrainians have a say on future

May. 19, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW — The Kremlin says it will be up to residents of areas in Ukraine controlled by Russian troops to determine their future status. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that people living in such places must “determine how and with whom they want to live.” ...

UK police conclude probe into Johnson's 'partygate' scandal

May. 19, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Metropolitan Police says it has concluded its investigation into breaches of COVID-19 regulations at British government offices, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence, and has issued a total of 126 fines. Police said Thursday that...

Senate readies final congressional OK of $40B Ukraine aid

May. 19, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $40 billion infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies was on the cusp of Senate passage Thursday as both parties rallied behind America's latest, and quite possibly not last, financial salvo against Russia's invasion. Thursday's planned...

Illinois APME announces winners in 2021 newspaper contest

May. 19, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2021 newspaper contest. The contest features news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns and photos from 2021. DIVISION I AWARD WINNERS: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: First...

More Americans apply for jobless benefits last week

May. 19, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for jobless aid last week, but the total number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits is at a 53-year low. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 21,000 to 218,000 for the week ending May 14, the Labor Department reported...

Russian soldier on trial asks victim's widow to forgive him

May. 19, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since the start of the war in Ukraine testified Thursday that he shot a civilian on orders from two officers and pleaded for his victim's widow to forgive him. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin told the court that the...

Wall Street appears headed for another rocky day

May. 19, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street headed for more losses at the open following the previous day's rout amid persistently high inflation and its potential effect on corporate profits and consumer spending. Futures for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.9% Thursday...