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Asian shares rise as investors watch trade war, economies

Aug. 18, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Monday, as investors continue to rejigger their read on President Donald Trump's trade war and growing worries about slowing economies around the world. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.6% in early trading to 20,532.95. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.8% to...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 18, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

Aug. 18, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An Iranian supertanker hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects to be tied to a sanctioned organization lifted its anchor and begun moving away from Gibraltar late on Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel tracking service, showed the...

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

Aug. 18, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week's steep drop in the financial markets. "I don't think we're having a recession," Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New...

Thomas wins at Medinah, takes No. 1 seed to FedEx Cup finale

Aug. 18, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Justin Thomas had more stress than he wanted and answered with the shots he needed Sunday at Medinah to win the BMW Championship and claim the No. 1 seed going into the FedEx Cup finale. Thomas watched a six-shot lead shrink to two in a span of three holes around the turn until he...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 18, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official has told The...

Trump likens buying Greenland to 'a large real estate deal'

Aug. 18, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday the idea of buying Greenland from Denmark has been discussed within his administration because of the strategic benefits for the U.S. and suggested that the semi-autonomous territory is a financial burden to Denmark. Surprise and confusion greeted a Wall...

The Latest: Families bury their dead after wedding attack

Aug. 18, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the late-night suicide bombing that struck a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The United States envoy who is negotiating with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan says the peace process needs to be accelerated in the wake of...

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan...