Government and politics

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran-made Bavar-373 air-defense missile system is seen after being unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Iran says the Bavar-373 is a long-range surface-to-air missile system able to recognize up to 100 targets at a same time and confront them with six different weapons. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 2:04 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is striking a muscular tone on dealings with the U.S., saying that "talks are useless" as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further. President Hassan Rouhani made the comment in a speech on Thursday in Tehran during the unveiling of the Bavar-373...
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Specialist Anthony Matesic, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Stocks are rising broadly in early trading on Wall Street as investors applauded encouraging quarterly results from major retailers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 21, 2019 - 11:21 pm
Strong earnings reports from several big retailers helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, placing the market on track to recover most of its losses from the day before. Target and Lowe's surged, leading a rally in retail stocks, as the market bounced back from its first loss...
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Demonstrators shine laser pointers during a protest at the Yuen Long MTR station in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Hong Kong riot police faced off briefly with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants on supporters of the anti-government movement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 21, 2019 - 7:38 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong riot police faced off briefly with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants against supporters of the anti-government movement. Near the end of the event, the police began what...
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This satellite image provided by NASA on Aug. 13, 2019 shows several fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon forest. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday, Aug. 20, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year. (NASA via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 5:27 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for...
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Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks with the media outside Police Administration Building at 8th and Race in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Ross abruptly resigned Tuesday, a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he allegedly ignored her claim of another officer's sexual harassment. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 5:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out. Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer...
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Venezuela's National Assembly President and self proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido speaks to regional and municipal leaders during a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Guaido on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolas Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. (AP Photo/Leonardo Fernandez)
August 21, 2019 - 4:20 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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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 - 3:24 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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August 21, 2019 - 2:44 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department's acknowledgment this week that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas was bigger than publicly documented raises questions about how many other spills and leaks are underreported. And state officials weren't immediately able to answer...
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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 - 12:35 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 - 12:05 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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