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World shares retreat on jitters over US bill on Hong Kong

Nov. 20, 2019 7:39 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global shares declined Wednesday after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of increasingly violent protests. The resolution has added to worries over prospects for Beijing and Washington to resolve a tariff war that is hammering...

Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

Nov. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history Wednesday by becoming Japan’s longest-serving political leader, though he hasn’t achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution. Abe marked his 2,887th day in office, surpassing Taro Katsura from the early...

Wine woes: Tariffs, Brexit cloud French Beaujolais season

Nov. 20, 2019 4:48 AM EST

CHATILLON, France (AP) — Celebration is the mot du jour in France’s Beaujolais region on the third Thursday of November, when winemakers and sellers uncork the season’s Beaujolais Nouveau with feasting and fanfare. But considerable uncertainty is clouding this year’s celebration of the...

Amnesty: At least 106 dead in protests, which Iran disputes

Nov. 20, 2019 12:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days of protests over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across Iran, Amnesty International said Tuesday, adding that the real figure may be much higher. Iran’s government has not released a toll of those...

Asian shares retreat on poor Japan trade data, China news

Nov. 19, 2019 10:34 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shares retreated in Asia on Wednesday after Japan reported its worst monthly decline in exports in three years, putting pressure on the economy as growth slows following a sales tax hike. Adding to regional jitters, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution overnight to support human rights in...

GOP-requested witness rejects Trump ‘conspiracy theories’

Nov. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sought by Republicans to testify, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine spoke up instead for Democrat Joe Biden in Tuesday’s impeachment hearings, rejecting “conspiracy theories” embraced by President Donald Trump and some of his allies. Kurt Volker said he has...

Impeachment hearings takeaways: Firsthand witnesses appear

Nov. 19, 2019 8:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were attacks on the credibility of a witness in uniform, and hand-wringing by another witness on all that he knows now that he says he didn’t know then. Vice President Mike Pence was name-dropped, and lawmakers heard expressions of concern about the July phone call between...

Drive behind occupation of Alcatraz lingers 50 years later

Nov. 19, 2019 8:22 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On a chilly November night 50 years ago, a 7-year-old Peter Bratt, his four siblings and their single mother left their San Francisco home for the pier. From there, they joined a group of indigenous activists on a small boat, bobbing in fog and rolling over what felt like tidal...

AP Was There: Native Americans take over Alcatraz Island

Nov. 19, 2019 6:47 PM EST

On Nov. 20, 1969, dozens of Native Americans took over Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay to demand that the U.S. government recognize longstanding agreements with tribes and turn over the deed to the island. They arrived under the cover of night and vowed to peacefully protest federal policies that sought to...

No clear champ as Johnson, Corbyn spar in UK election debate

Nov. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked each other’s policies on Brexit, health care and the economy Tuesday in a televised election debate that likely failed to answer the question troubling many voters: Why should we trust you? The two...