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June 29, 2019 - 8:49 am
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has celebrated his 62nd birthday with the opening of the world's largest natural gas-to-gasoline refinery, a $1.7 billion project. The facility is intended to diversify the gas-rich Central Asian nation's hydrocarbon exports as it struggles to...
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People squeeze on to a bus in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel says the country's governing council has approved economic measures including a rise in state salaries, long seen as a first step toward ending the country's dual-currency system which is expected to create a chain reaction that includes higher inflation. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
June 27, 2019 - 8:57 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government said Thursday that it is raising state salaries as part of a broader package of economic reforms, but it revealed no details of its larger plan beyond increasing worker compensation. A salary increase has long been seen as one of the first steps in the unification...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England speaks during an Inflation Report Press Conference at the Bank of England in the City of London. The Bank of England is open to the idea of letting new payment services such as Facebook's upcoming Libra hold funds with the central bank, Carney said Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)
June 26, 2019 - 8:04 am
LONDON (AP) — The governor of the Bank of England gave his biggest hint yet that he'd back a stimulus package to shore up the British economy if the country crashes out of the European Union at the end of October with no deal. In testimony to lawmakers on Wednesday, Governor Mark Carney said the...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo an address sign for Facebook Way is shown in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook unveiled a broad plan Tuesday, June 18, to create a new digital currency. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 18, 2019 - 2:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Facebook's new digital currency (all times local): 2:30 p.m. One regulatory expert believes Facebook's new currency will "almost surely" fall under new U.S. regulation adopted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner of Federal...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, chairs a session of the weekly cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Leaked documents showing the Palestinian Cabinet secretly gave itself a generous raise have rocked the West Bank, where the cash-strapped government has been forced to slash the salaries of its employees. The raises were kept secret from the public and approved by President Mahmoud Abbas, two senior officials said, overriding a 2004 law that fixed ministers' salaries. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool, File)
June 04, 2019 - 12:29 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian labor market in the West Bank was limping along in 2017, with unemployment stubbornly high and economic growth slowing. But that didn't stop the Palestinian Cabinet from secretly giving itself a series of lavish payouts and perks, highlighted by a 67%...
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June 04, 2019 - 10:59 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Armenia say they have laid the foundations to forge closer ties and help promote stability and prosperity in the region. The three men said in their first three-way talks in the Cypriot capital Tuesday that they're exploring ways to...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 18, 2019 file photo, supporters reach out to touch their leader during a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini, with leaders of other European nationalist parties, ahead of the May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy. The European Parliament elections have never been so hotly anticipated or contested, with many predicting that this year’s ballot will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement. The elections start Thursday May 23, 2019 and run through Sunday May 26 and are taking place in all of the European Union’s 28 nations. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
May 22, 2019 - 3:21 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament elections that start Thursday have never been so hotly anticipated, with many predicting that this year's ballot will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement. The elections, which run through Sunday and take place in all of the...
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May 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says a sharp rise in corporate debt is being closely monitored but currently the Fed does not see the types of threats that triggered the 2008 financial crisis. In remarks prepared for a banking conference in Fernandina Beach, Florida, Powell...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, chairs a session of the weekly cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday, May 19. Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, envoy of international negotiations, have been leading efforts to write the plan, but so far, there's been no participation from the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool, File)
May 20, 2019 - 9:41 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister said Monday that any American peace plan that ignores the Palestinian people's aspirations for an independent state is doomed to fail. Mohammad Shtayyeh's comments immediately cast a cloud over the American-led Mideast peace conference expected to...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2008 file photo, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, left, talks to her Chief of Cabinet, Alberto Fernandez, during a meeting at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. Cristina Fernandez announced on Saturday her candidacy for vice president in October's general elections on Saturday, May 18, 2019, and that Alberto Fernández will run for the presidency against conservative President Mauricio Macri. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
May 18, 2019 - 3:17 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's former President Cristina Fernández announced on Saturday her candidacy for vice president in October's general elections, a surprising move that now puts a more moderate challenger at the helm of the presidential ticket. In a video posted on Twitter on...
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