National governments

President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Trump is returning from Louisville, Ky., where he spoke to the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 22, 2019 - 5:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan opposition, President Donald Trump has scrapped an effort to cut some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers had already approved. A senior administration official and a Democratic congressional aide confirmed the decision Thursday. Both spoke on condition of...
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The League party leader Matteo Salvini talks to the press after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 5:06 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's president gave party leaders a few more days to try to forge a solid, durable governing coalition but served notice they must convince him soon they have found a formula for a new majority in Parliament or else he'll call early elections. President Sergio Mattarella made clear...
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Italian President Sergio Mattarella meets reporters at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 2:31 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Italian President Sergio Mattarella says he has agreed to political leaders' request for more time to see if a viable government can be formed to replace the one that collapsed this...
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Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio talks to the press after meeting President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 1:44 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Italy's 5-Star Movement party Luigi Di Maio says he is not scared by the prospect of an early election, but left the door open to negotiations on a possible "solid alliance" that...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Rapper Kodak Black is expected to plead guilty to federal weapons charges. A hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Miami federal court. The decision comes months after an original plea of innocence. Prosecutors in May charged the 21-year-old rapper for crimes that involve falsifying information on federal forms to purchase three firearms. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 1:37 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges. Black entered the change of plea in Miami federal court Thursday, months after he had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors in May charged the 22-year-old rapper for crimes including falsifying information on federal forms to...
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The League party leader Matteo Salvini talks to the press after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 1:28 pm
ROME (AP) — In rapid-fire order, Italy's three main political parties pitched possible deals to rivals Thursday as they scrambled to come out on top in Italy's political crisis and shape the country's future government. All the drama came as President Sergio Mattarella was weighing whether a new...
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The federal deficit expected to swell to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year.;
August 22, 2019 - 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return...
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The League party leader Matteo Salvini talks to the press after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 12:24 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 6 p.m. The hard-line Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini is leaving the door open to a possible government reshuffle that could revive the collapsed coalition between his right-wing League...
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Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti, center, leaves after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. President Sergio Mattarella continued receiving political leaders Thursday, to explore if a solid majority with staying power exists in Parliament for a new government that could win the required confidence vote. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
August 22, 2019 - 8:57 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's opposition Democrats signaled their willingness Thursday to work with an archrival to cobble together a Europe-centric coalition solid enough to counter fast-rising nationalist leader Matteo Salvini and avoid an early election. Intent on triggering that early election, Salvini...
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President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after arriving on Air Force One at Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Trump is in town to speak at the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention. A new poll finds about 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance. The poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds some support for the president’s handling of the U.S. economy, but it gives him weak marks on other major issues. Just 36% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, and 62% disapprove. Among Republicans, nearly 8 in 10 approve of his overall job performance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 22, 2019 - 6:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return...
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