Government and politics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, talk as they arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The German government sold 30-year bonds at a negative interest rate Wednesday Aug. 21, 2019, in a sign of the clouds over markets and future growth as well as increased expectations that more central bank stimulus is likely on the way.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
August 21, 2019 - 2:55 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine lending money to someone and having to pay for the privilege of doing so. Or being asked to invest and informed of how much money you'll lose. Sounds absurd, but increasingly that's the global bond market these days. A rising share of government and corporate bonds...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its July meeting when it cut its key interest rate for the first time in a decade. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 21, 2019 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were widely divided at their meeting last month when they decided to cut rates for the first time in a decade, with some arguing for a bigger rate cut while others insisted the Fed should not cut rates at all. The minutes of the July 30-31 discussions...
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Men mourn for the victims of the Dubai City wedding hall bombing during a memorial service at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Hundreds of people have gathered in mosques in Afghanistan's capital for memorials for scores of people killed in a horrific suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding over the weekend. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
August 21, 2019 - 1:52 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding claimed by the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan has risen to 80, an official said Wednesday, as a U.S. envoy was set to resume talks with the Taliban on ending America's longest war. The initial toll in Saturday'...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk along the Colonnade of the White House in Washington. Netanyahu on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, is steering clear of Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, ignoring condemnation from Jewish critics who accuse him of voicing longstanding anti-Semitic tropes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 21, 2019 - 1:51 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes...
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In this Monday, April 16, 2018, photo shows The Malheur Enterprise, a small weekly newspaper located in the agricultural town of Vale, east of Ontario, Ore. Journalists in Oregon and beyond have risen in defense of a small newspaper that is being investigated by a county sheriff for trying to get comments after business hours for an investigative story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote eastern Oregon town of Vale, say they are just doing their job. (E.J. Harris/East Oregonian via AP) /East Oregonian via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 1:47 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journalists are defending a small newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying repeatedly to get comments from an official for a story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote town of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, Rohingya children and refugees raise their hands and shout that they won't go back to Myanmar during a demonstration at Kutupalong near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Officials from the U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh's government say few Muslim Rohingya refugees have responded to plans for their repatriation to Myanmar, and all who did say they don't want to go back. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
August 21, 2019 - 1:43 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Members of about 200 Rohingya Muslim families interviewed Wednesday by officials from the U.N. refugee agency and the Bangladesh government said they do not want to return to Myanmar unless their citizenship and safety are ensured, an official said. Khaled Hossain, a...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 file photo, plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq. A fact-finding committee appointed by the Iraqi government to investigate a massive munitions depot explosion near the capital Baghdad has concluded that the blast was the result of a drone strike. A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Loay Hameed, File)
August 21, 2019 - 1:35 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran accused Israeli drones of carrying out a series of attacks on bases run by the militias, saying Wednesday that they hold the United States ultimately responsible. The militias vowed to defend themselves against any future attack. The rare and...
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The Open Arms rescue ship is docked at the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle, southern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. An Italian prosecutor ordered the seizure of a rescue ship and the evacuation of more than 80 migrants that were aboard, capping a drama Tuesday that saw 15 people jump overboard in a desperate bid to escape deteriorating conditions on the vessel and Spain dispatch a naval ship to try to resolve the crisis. (Concetta Rizzo/ANSA via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 1:05 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the European migrant crisis (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 21, 2019 - 12:44 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolás Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. Guaidó spoke a day after Maduro and President...
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In this Monday, April 16, 2018, photo shows The Malheur Enterprise, a small weekly newspaper located in the agricultural town of Vale, east of Ontario, Ore. Journalists in Oregon and beyond have risen in defense of a small newspaper that is being investigated by a county sheriff for trying to get comments after business hours for an investigative story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote eastern Oregon town of Vale, say they are just doing their job. (E.J. Harris/East Oregonian via AP) /East Oregonian via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 12:42 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journalists are defending a small Oregon newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying to get comments from a government official on a weekend. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote...
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