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French embattled EU nominee denies wrongdoing in fraud case

Oct. 2, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The French nominee for the next European Commission has faced a barrage of questions from European lawmakers over alleged misuse of EU funds and her consultancy work for a U.S. think tank while she was a MEP. A close ally of French president Emmanuel Macron, Sylvie Goulard has been selected...

German forecasters cut 2019 growth outlook to 0.5%

Oct. 2, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A group of leading think tanks joined the German government and others in cutting its economic forecast for the country on Wednesday, predicting that output will expand only 0.5% this year and 1.1% in 2020. The economic institutes forecast that growth will pick up to 1.4% in 2021. Their...

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates 95th birthday

Oct. 1, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter celebrated his 95th birthday on Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone as he continues his humanitarian work and occasionally weighs in on politics and policy. Carter still lives in tiny Plains, Georgia, and planned no public celebrations on Tuesday....

Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses

Sep. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America's most advanced weaponry failed to fill. In addition to deciding whether that firepower should be turned on Iran in retaliation,...

Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80

Sep. 18, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn't tie his comments to any of his...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...

US defense chief Esper cautions Europe to be wary of China

Sep. 6, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. "The more dependent a country becomes on Chinese investment and trade, the more...

Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

Aug. 25, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. Meanwhile, Iran sanctioned a prominent...

The Latest: Iran imposes sanctions on US think tank

Aug. 24, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9 p.m. Iran's Foreign Ministry says it has imposed sanctions on the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its CEO for its role in promoting sanctions and "economic terrorism" against Iran....

Chris Christie forms institute to talk politics

Aug. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who once told a heckler to "sit down and shut up," is forming a think tank to discuss ways to bring civility back to politics. The former Republican presidential candidate tells The Star-Ledger of Newark politics "have gotten so ugly and...