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Testimony ties president closer to pressure on Ukraine

Nov. 16, 2019 10:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

Key dates in the Trump impeachment investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 6:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key dates related to the Trump impeachment investigation: APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support...

Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit

Nov. 14, 2019 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy. Powell’s testimony before the House Budget Committee came a day after he told Congress’ Joint...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

Nov. 14, 2019 7:07 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with demonstrators chanting for the downfall of a political establishment that they say doesn’t prioritize them. Fueling the unrest is anger over an economy flush with oil money that has failed to...

US budget deficit surges to $134.5 billion in October

Nov. 13, 2019 5:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month totaled...

Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec. 20

Nov. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey,...

White House downplays shutdown chances

Nov. 5, 2019 2:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that it's not interested in a government shutdown when a temporary government-wide spending bill expires Nov. 21. White House congressional liason Eric Ueland told reporters that President Donald Trump would sign another short-term stopgap spending bill to...

Poorer EU members oppose cuts in long-term budget

Nov. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The leaders and representatives of 17 European Union countries say they are against proposed cuts in EU funds designed to reduce regional differences among members. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who hosted their meeting Tuesday, says they "absolutely disagree" with the cuts. The outgoing...

Kenya judiciary complain of budget cuts

Nov. 4, 2019 9:39 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Budgets cuts have left judges without adequate fuel to come to work and are an attempt to make the judiciary "a puppet" of other arms of government, Kenya's chief justice said Monday. The budget cuts have halted the use of mobile courts which helped people in Kenya's remote areas get...