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In Venezuela, Guaidó questions Maduro claims about US talks

Aug. 21, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolás Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. Guaidó spoke a day after Maduro and...

US says 2 troops killed in combat in Afghanistan

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The NATO Resolute Support mission announced their deaths first, providing no details about what happened and saying that their names would be withheld for 24 hours until their families...

Trump revives suggestion he'd end birthright citizenship

Aug. 21, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's looking "very seriously" at ending the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil. Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday as he departed the White House for a speech in Louisville. He says birthright citizenship is "frankly...

US stocks climb after major US retailers post solid earnings

Aug. 21, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

Strong earnings reports from several big retailers helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as the market bounced back from its first loss in four days. Target notched its biggest-ever gain, while Lowe's had its best day in more than a year, leading a broad rally in companies that rely on...

Rebels claim downing US drone over Yemen

Aug. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they shot down a U.S. drone over the country's north, as a leading rights group said Wednesday the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen in bombing attacks on fishing boats last year. Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the...

Economic twilight zone: Bonds that charge you for lending

Aug. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine lending money to someone and having to pay for the privilege of doing so. Or being asked to invest and informed of how much money you'll lose. Sounds absurd, but increasingly that's the global bond market these days. A rising share of government and corporate bonds are...

Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing 'strong economy'

Aug. 21, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump on Wednesday changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had "a strong economy." Trump's flip-flop came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and...

Trump: Germany, France must take back Islamic State fighters

Aug. 21, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged France, Germany and other countries on Wednesday to take back citizens captured fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, he warned, the U.S. "will have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came." Trump...

The Latest: Trump calls comments by Danish leader 'nasty'

Aug. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on U.S. President Donald Trump and his desire to buy the Arctic territory of Greenland (all times local): 10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a "nasty" statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland...

Putin says US missile test raises new threats to Russia

Aug. 21, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty has raised new threats to Russia and will warrant a response. The U.S. tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile that accurately...