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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump signs temporary government funding bill

Oct. 1, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts Thursday. Trump signed the bill, which was approved by sweeping bipartisan agreement Wednesday, into law early Thursday...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign that reads

Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'

Oct. 1, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to “defund the police” in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest. A review by The Associated...

Editorial Roundup: US

Sep. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 30 The San Francisco Chronicle on the presidential debate: Americans should be saddened, if not angered, by the distressingly unhinged debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. Some of the blame...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on the Rule of Law Report 2020 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

European report finds waning of democracy in Poland, Hungary

Sep. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are under threat, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday in its first report on adherence to the rule of law. The...

Auditor general: Kenya to lose millions in COVID-19 response

Sep. 30, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s auditor general says the country stands to lose $21 million in the procurement of COVID-19 medical supplies because the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency failed to follow procurement law. General Nancy Gathangu on Wednesday presented to the Senate a special report...

FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, aircraft maintenance engineers prepare to stow away an SH-60K helicopter on the flight deck aboard Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) along a sea route heading northward from Brunei towards Sulu Sea. Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 fund more purchases of costly American stealth fighters and expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.(AP Photo/Emily Wang, File)

Japan military seeks record budget amid regional threats

Sep. 30, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 to fund more purchases of costly American stealth fighters and expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space. The budget request made public...

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, right, delivers a speech during a budget debate as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. At left is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

German minister says debt won't reach financial crisis level

Sep. 29, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's debt load won't reach the level it did in the financial crisis a decade ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said Tuesday, and it will still look better than that of Germany's peers in the Group of Seven did before the virus outbreak. Olaf Scholz was...

PM: Polish economy may shrink less than 3.5% this year

Sep. 28, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's economy could decline less than 3.5% this year even despite the coronavirus pandemic, while next year should see a definite rebound, the country's prime minister declared Monday. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke after a government meeting that amended this...

Diners eat lunch before the closure of restaurants and bars, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Sept. 27, 2020. As restaurants and bars in Marseille prepared Sunday to shut down for a week as part of scattered new French virus restrictions, Health Minister Olivier Veran insisted that the country plans no fresh lockdowns. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

France to release $49 billion in economic stimulus next year

Sep. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's government presented its 2021 budget on Monday, a plan that aims to rescue the country's beleaguered economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by injecting a 42 billion-euro ($49 billion) stimulus next year. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said “we are convinced that...

A woman wearing a mask to protect against COVID-19 infection casts her vote in local elctions in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Polls have opened in Romania’s municipal election, which is being seen as a test of how the next general election on Dec. 6 will unfold for the country’s minority-led government. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Romania's ruling party upbeat after municipal elections

Sep. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Exit polls published in Romania Sunday after voting ended in the country’s municipal elections indicated that the balance of power in European Union member state is unlikely to shift in the next general election set for Dec. 6. About 19 million registered voters chose...