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Javier Milei, the hard rocker in Argentina's highest office, turns his book talk into wild show

May. 23, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A book presentation about neoclassical economic theory may not sound like a crowd-pleaser. But on Wednesday in Buenos Aires mobs of star-struck fans packed a giant auditorium to hear Argentina's president, the libertarian economist Javier Milei,...

Dutch coalition government dominated by an anti-Islam party struggles to find prime minister

May. 22, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — The parties that agreed to form a Dutch coalition dominated by the far right are struggling to find a prime minister and warned Wednesday that the search might leave the Netherlands without a fully functional government for months. Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert...

Trump or Biden? Either way, US seems poised to preserve heavy tariffs on imports

May. 21, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As president, Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on foreign steel, which hurt Clips & Clamps Industries, a Michigan auto supplier — raising its materials prices, making it harder to compete with overseas rivals and costing it several contracts. Jeff...

What's next for Iran's government after death of its president in helicopter crash?

May. 20, 2024 22:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of Iran's president is unlikely to lead to any immediate changes in Iran's ruling system or to its overarching policies, which are decided by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday, was seen as a...

This Week: Home sales, Fed meeting minutes and consumer sentiment index

May. 20, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week SPOTLIGHT ON HOUSING The National Association of Realtors releases its monthly snapshot of existing U.S. home sales Wednesday. Economists project that sales of...

Condition of Slovakia's prime minister improves following an assassination attempt

May. 20, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak populist Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is improving following an assassination attempt last week that shocked the European Union nation deeply polarized over his policies. “After today’s consultation, the patient’s condition is...

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...