Government and politics

FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a money exchange shop decorated with different banknotes at Central, a business district of Hong Kong. The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday, Aug. 5, after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
August 05, 2019 - 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. The decision, which came hours after President Donald Trump accused...
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In this June 19, 2019, photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 05, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diane Foley learned her son's fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she'd been on Twitter. Foley had not, but the ghastly images weren't hard to find. President Barack Obama soon confirmed the news to the world: James Foley, a 40-year-old...
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks to supporters during a rally in Las Vegas, NV, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Wade Vandervort/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
August 05, 2019 - 6:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) is ramping up his outreach to Democratic Party superdelegates with a phone call to them outlining the scope of his 2020 presidential campaign. The outreach suggests Buttigieg's campaign is looking beyond the early primary states to the...
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President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 05, 2019 - 4:15 pm
President Donald Trump's focus on "mentally ill monsters" oversimplifies the role of mental illness in public mass shootings and downplays the ease with which Americans can get firearms, experts said. "Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun," Trump said Monday , addressing weekend...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Putin said that Russia will only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if the U.S. does, following the demise of a key nuclear pact, and called for urgent arms control talks to prevent a chaotic arms race. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
August 05, 2019 - 3:35 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if the United States does and called for urgent arms control talks to prevent a chaotic arms race following the demise of a key nuclear pact. Putin made his statements after the...
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In this photo taken on Friday, July 26, 2019, Greta Thunberg stands next to Swedish parliament in Stockholm. Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday, July 29, 2019 that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
August 05, 2019 - 3:25 pm
BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany's largest unions is calling on its members to join a worldwide protest calling for action on climate change next month. Verdi head Frank Bsirske told the WAZ newspaper on Monday he was calling on the union's 2 million members to take part in the Sept. 20 protest that's...
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President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 05, 2019 - 12:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio (all times local): 1:25 p.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for all people "to work together to counter violence rooted in hatred, racism, xenophobia and all forms of...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters after the budget package just passed in the Senate to permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 05, 2019 - 11:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill strengthening background checks up for a vote, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2013 file photo, Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two Republican officials say eight-term Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant will announce his retirement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
August 05, 2019 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Yet another Texas Republican congressman is announcing his retirement, two GOP officials said Monday, as the party's mounting departures make it increasingly unlikely it will be able to regain the House majority in next year's elections. Rep. Kenny Marchant, an eight-term veteran...
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August 05, 2019 - 5:45 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Aug. 22 to disband and let the country's president declare an early general election. Parliament speaker Kadri Veseli said the parliament's leadership decided Monday to set a date for the disbanding "to allow the...
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