Government and politics

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, presents the Legion d'Honneur award to Australian war veteran William Mackay in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Macron is on a three-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)
May 02, 2018 - 6:17 am
SYDNEY (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday issued a reminder to China to respect a "rules-based" order in the South Pacific amid concerns about Beijing's growing influence in the region. Macron also stepped up his calls for the...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, a member of the Chinese military marches before the welcoming ceremony for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China. According to a report released Wednesday May 2, 2018, the Swedish arms watchdog Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said Global military spending rose to $1.739 trillion in 2017, a 1.1 percent increase on 2016, China continued its upward trend, and the United States’ military spending remained constant for the second consecutive year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)
May 02, 2018 - 5:40 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Global military spending rose to $1.739 trillion last year, a 1.1 percent increase on 2016, a Swedish arms watchdog said Wednesday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said China continued its upward trend that has lasted for more than two...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clap during a war commemorative ceremony in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Macron is on a three-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)
May 02, 2018 - 5:34 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife? Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clap during a war commemorative ceremony in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Macron is on a three-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)
May 02, 2018 - 5:03 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife? Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clap during a war commemorative ceremony in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Macron is on a three-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)
May 02, 2018 - 4:34 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife? Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday...
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, is welcomed by North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song, right, on his arrival at Pyongyang Airport, North Korea Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
May 02, 2018 - 4:00 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's foreign minister has arrived in North Korea's capital where he could meet with leader Kim Jong Un while trying to ensure a larger role for Beijing in the new round of nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang that had been driven by Seoul and Washington. Wang Yi's visit on...
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FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo shows the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The central bank is meeting this week as its board is undergoing a makeover, with a raft of new appointees by President Donald Trump who appear generally supportive of the Fed’s cautious approach to rates since the Great Recession ended. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 02, 2018 - 3:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve achieved an inflation milestone this week, but that isn't likely to alter expectations for what the Fed will announce when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday. After six years of mostly missing its annual 2 percent target for inflation, the Fed learned...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, speaks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull listens during a joint press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Macron is on a three-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
May 02, 2018 - 2:47 am
SYDNEY (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Australia (all times local): 4:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has raised eyebrows during his visit to Australia, by calling Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy "delicious". Wrapping up a joint news conference...
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In this Tuesday, May 1, 2018 photo, a poster of the Kulna Watani list, left top, and posters for parliamentary elections include a portrait of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, right adorn a street in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. In Lebanon's first national elections in nine years, candidates once considered an afterthought in the polls, a mix of civic activists, businessmen, journalists and engineers are forming the broadest coalition yet to challenge the traditional parties and warlords that ruled the country since the country's civil war ended in 1990. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
May 02, 2018 - 2:28 am
BEIRUT (AP) — In Lebanon's first national elections in nine years, political outsiders are forming the broadest coalition yet to challenge the establishment politicians who have run the country since the 1975-1990 civil war. They hope to ride a wave of discontent over the country's failing public...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, speaks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull listens during a joint press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Macron is on a three-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
May 02, 2018 - 2:14 am
SYDNEY (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Australia (all times local): 4:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have reminded China of the importance of legal, "rules-based" development in the South Pacific, amid fears...
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