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NC agency taking comments about regulation of pesticide

Aug. 18, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top environmental agency is accepting public comments about the regulation of a chemical pesticide used in log fumigation through the end of August. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the use of methyl bromide came to the attention of the Department of Environmental...

Top Iran diplomat suggests 90-year-old Kuwait ruler is ill

Aug. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says he's praying for the "speedy recovery" of Kuwait's ruling emir, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment on Sunday on Twitter as part of a visit to the small,...

Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

Aug. 18, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leaked British government documents have warned of disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is prepared to charge out of the EU regardless of whether he is able to...

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Sudanese protesters sign final power-sharing deal with army

Aug. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and ruling military council signed a final power-sharing agreement Saturday at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum, after weeks of tortuous negotiations. The historic deal paves the way for a transition to a civilian-led government after the military overthrow of...

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Aug. 17, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Shahid Choudhary, a government...

Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressure

Aug. 17, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — The shipping agent for an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says the vessel is ready to depart Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday, as the U.S. made a last-minute effort to seize it again. The head of the company sorting paperwork and procuring for the Grace 1 oil tanker in the...

Judge blasts Georgia officials' handling of election system

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a burden on...

AP Interview: Pelosi assails 'weakness' of Trump, Netanyahu

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the U.S.-Israel relationship can withstand the "weakness" of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shook diplomatic norms this week in barring two members of Congress from visiting the country. Pelosi told The Associated...

Lawmakers urge restrictions on Postal Service consolidations

Aug. 16, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Members of the state's congressional delegation are citing deficiencies in mail service to southern Arizona as they ask that the U.S. Postal Service be required to carefully study any consolidation of its operations. A joint letter by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally and seven...