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Trump CFO’s plea deal could make him a prosecution witness

Aug. 18, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Trump's company, Allen Weisselberg, is expected to plead guilty to tax violations Thursday in a deal that would require him to testify about illicit business practices at the Trump Organization, two people familiar with the matter told The...

Germany lowers natural gas tax to ease burden on consumers

Aug. 18, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Thursday that Germany will temporarily lower taxes on natural gas to ease the financial pressure on people struggling with soaring energy costs fueled by Russia's war in Ukraine. The announcement at a hastily convened news conference in...

Israel closes Palestinian rights groups it labeled terrorist

Aug. 18, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel raided the offices of several Palestinian advocacy groups it had previously designated as terrorist organizations, sealing entrance doors and leaving notices declaring them closed, the groups said Thursday. With the raids, Israel broadened its...

Gas-powered muscle cars drive into the sunset, turn electric

Aug. 18, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Thundering gas-powered muscle cars, for decades a fixture of American culture, will be closing in on their final Saturday-night cruises in the coming years as automakers begin replacing them with super-fast cars that run on batteries. Stellantis' Dodge brand,...

Morocco: 13 migrants sent to prison for Spain crossing bid

Aug. 18, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan court has sentenced 13 migrants, mostly from Sudan, to 2½ years in prison over a mass attempt to scale the border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The decision Wednesday in the northern Moroccan city of Nador was the...

US congressional delegation in Kenya amid election crisis

Aug. 18, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.S. congressional delegation has arrived in Kenya to meet with the new president-elect and the opposition figure likely to file a court challenge to his election loss in the latest electoral crisis for East Africa’s most stable democracy. The visiting...

US to hold trade talks with Taiwan, island drills military

Aug. 18, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. government will hold trade talks with Taiwan in a sign of support for the island democracy that China claims as its own territory, prompting Beijing to warn Thursday it will take action if necessary to “safeguard its sovereignty.” The...

Ethiopia calls WHO chief's comments on Tigray "unethical"

Aug. 18, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government is criticizing as “unethical” the statement by the World Health Organization’s director-general that the crisis in the country’s Tigray region is “the worst disaster on Earth” and his assertion that the lack of attention from global...

Sri Lanka hopes to reach initial agreement with IMF for help

Aug. 18, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's central bank chief said Thursday he is hopeful the crisis-ridden island nation can reach a preliminary agreement that could lead to a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund when officials from the financial institution visit Sri Lanka later this...

Hong Kong political activists plead guilty amid crackdown

Aug. 18, 2022 07:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Authorities in Hong Kong say 29 out of 47 pro-democracy activists charged with “conspiracy to commit subversion” under a tough National Security Law entered guilty pleas on Thursday, as the Beijing government seeks to further silence opposition voices in the regional...