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Trains park at the Hendaye train station, southwestern France, Sunday Dec.8, 2019 on the fourth day of nationwide strikes that disrupted weekend travel around France. France's prime minister is holding special meetings Sunday about the government's divisive redesign of the national retirement system, amid warnings that strike-related transport troubles will get even worse in the coming days. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 08, 2019 - 3:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday...
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In this Dec. 4, 2019, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wait to take their seats prior to a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Three years into the Trump presidency, America’s new place in the world is coming into focus, with influence waning from NATO meeting rooms to the Middle East to the capital cities of key allies. And in many ways, that’s just fine with the White House. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
December 08, 2019 - 1:16 pm
It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats,...
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In this Dec. 5, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 08, 2019 - 7:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When certain associates and acquaintances of President Donald Trump get into hot water, he forgets he ever knew them. Various figures from the Russia investigation and the Ukraine matter as well as a British prince have fallen out of familiarity with the president in this way. For...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks while submitting next year's budget bill to the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Rouhani said his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is designed to resist crippling U.S. trade embargoes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
December 08, 2019 - 6:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president said on Sunday his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is designed to resist crippling U.S. trade embargoes. Iran is in the grip of an economic crisis. The U.S. re-imposed sanctions that block Iran from selling its crude oil...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019, file photo, a worker loads imported goods on a truck at a distribution company outside the container port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China's trade with the United States sank again in November as negotiators worked on the first stage of a possible deal to end a tariff war. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
December 08, 2019 - 5:21 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with the United States sank again in November as negotiators worked on the first stage of a possible deal to end a tariff war. Exports to the United States fell 23% from a year earlier to $35.6 billion, customs data showed Sunday. Imports of American goods were off 2.8...
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FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012 file photo shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
December 07, 2019 - 6:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives. The...
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Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, left, and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a head to head live Election Debate at the BBC TV studios in Maidstone, England, Friday Dec. 6, 2019. Britain's Brexit is one of the main issues for political parties and for voters, as the UK prepares for a General Election on Dec. 12. The debate is moderated by TV presenter Nick Robinson, right. ( Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)
December 07, 2019 - 12:01 pm
LONDON (AP) — The prospect of Russian interference in Britain's election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general U.K. vote. Reddit said in a...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July, 5, 2018 file photo, a jockey truck passes a stack of 40-foot China Shipping containers at the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. Defying fears and predictions, the American job market is still shrugging off President Donald Trump’s trade wars. Employers added an impressive 266,000 jobs in November, and unemployment returned to a 50-year low 3.5% _ all at a time when the Trump administration is engaged in a bruising trade war with China while fighting other U.S. trading partners as well. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
December 07, 2019 - 10:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying fears and predictions, the U.S. economy is still shrugging off President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts. Employers added a sizzling 266,000 jobs in November, and unemployment matched a 50-year low of 3.5% — all while the Trump administration is waging a bruising trade war...
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Trade union demonstrators protest in Anglet southwestern France, Saturday Dec. 7, 2019. Strikes disrupted weekend travel around France on Saturday as truckers blocked highways and most trains remained at a standstill because of worker anger at President Emmanuel Macron's policies. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 07, 2019 - 9:30 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists joining a wave of protest actions against the government's overhaul of France's national retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...
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In this Dec. 6, 2019, photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., discusses her recent visit to the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, at the Capitol in Washington. Washington's impeachment drama is dominating the news, but key figures on Capitol Hill such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing time over the next two weeks, toggling between impeachment and ripe legislative issues such as trade, a government-wide funding bill, and the annual defense policy bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 07, 2019 - 9:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues...
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