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  • China defends its trade with North Korea as permitted by UN

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday defended its growing trade with North Korea as permitted by U.N. Security Council sanctions that say they should avoid hurting “humanitarian needs.” China, the North’s main trading partner, “strictly implements” sanctions aimed at stopping the North’s pursuit of nuclear and missile technology, said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang. […]
  • States to ask judge to keep health subsidies cut by Trump

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The top lawyers for 19 states will urge a federal judge Monday to force President Donald Trump’s administration to pay health care subsidies he abruptly cut off earlier this month. State attorneys general, led by California Democrat Xavier Becerra, argue the monthly payments are required under former President Barack Obama’s health […]
  • Older vehicles in London to be charged more for polluting

    LONDON (AP) — Drivers of older, more polluting cars will face an additional charge when entering central London as the city battles air pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths each year. Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) […]
  • British business groups appeal for Brexit transition period

    LONDON (AP) — Five of Britain’s biggest business groups are calling on the government to quickly agree to a transition period of at least two years following the country’s exit from the European Union to provide certainty about regulatory and trade rules as companies make critical decisions for jobs and investment. The draft letter addressed […]
  • New flight paths lead to airplane noise complaints across US

    PHOENIX (AP) — Airliners began flying over Twila Lake’s bungalow-style house in a historic district three years ago, taking off every one to two minutes from the Phoenix airport and roaring over her neighborhood. It was a sudden change after rarely hearing jets in her previous 13 years in the downtown neighborhood. Now, “it’s all […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump sounds off-key note on economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sounding an off-key note on his economic performance and perhaps overstating how much the public wants his tax package. A look at some of his statements about the economy over the weekend and a rash of misstatements on a variety of topics over the past week: TRUMP on […]
  • In Virginia’s Trump country, low enthusiasm for Republican

    POUND, Va. (AP) — People in Virginia’s coal country still love President Donald Trump, but not his pick to be their next governor. Ed Gillespie is a Washington insider and Trump’s choice as Virginians prepare to go to the polls. The president promised southwest Virginia voters in a tweet, “Ed Gillespie will never let you […]
  • Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — House Republicans, with the urging of President Donald Trump, will strive to pass a budget this week so they can turn their attention to tax reform. Trump warned that action on tax reform is crucial to avoiding political failure in 2018. Trump on Sunday personally implored House GOP members on a […]
  • Japan ruling party win boosts Nikkei; other trading muted

    TOKYO (AP) — Global trading was muted Monday, but Japan’s benchmark rose on the back of a parliamentary election victory by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats, who had promised stability and growth. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 was virtually unchanged at 5,371.36 in early trading, while Germany’s DAX also nearly flat at 12,987.54. Britain’s […]
  • Hopes and fears in Hong Kong, Taiwan amid China’s congress

    HONG KONG (AP) — It wasn’t just the dark-suited delegates in Beijing who were listening intently last week as Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his grand ambitions to launch a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress. On China’s peripheries there was apprehension and optimism as Xi, China’s strongest leader in decades, reasserted his authority over semiautonomous Hong […]