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Commuters walk to get on a train at the Gare Saint Lazare station in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. French transport strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system entered their twelfth day Monday as French president Emmanuel Macron's government remains determined to push ahead with its plans. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 16, 2019 - 8:13 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government suffered a blow Monday when the key architect of the pension overhaul resigned over alleged conflicts of interests, on the 12th day of transport strikes against the planned changed. The French presidency said Macron accepted “with regret”...
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A currency traders watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Asian stock markets were mixed Monday following a U.S.-Chinese trade deal that disappointed some investors. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 16, 2019 - 7:16 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Monday following a U.S.-Chinese trade deal that disappointed some investors. London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. The interim “Phase 1” agreement announced Friday was in line with expectations. The two sides...
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Smoke billows out of a chimney stack of the heating power plant at the district Mitte in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Under European Union rules, the plant’s operator, Vattenfall, needs a permit for each ton of carbon dioxide it emits. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 16, 2019 - 7:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's two houses of parliament are poised to more than double the starting price for carbon dioxide emissions from the transport and heating industries when the charge is introduced in 2021. German news agency dpa reported Monday that a deal was reached after overnight talks to...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, gives her opening statement, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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December 16, 2019 - 6:32 am
CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Seven Democratic presidential candidates will stand on stage this week in Los Angeles, a pool of survivors who have withstood almost a year on the campaign trail, sustained attacks from rivals in both major political parties and five rounds of high-pressure debates. And while...
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December 16, 2019 - 1:04 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Aspen Day-Flynn and her boyfriend, Travis Tolin, were thinking of moving back to her native Washington state this fall when their Phoenix landlord helped give them the push. The monthly rent on their two-bedroom house jumped from $1,000 to $1,500 because the owner planned to renovate...
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A member of the Brazil delegation during the closing plenary at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But one of the key issues at the talks, an agreement on international carbon markets, has eluded officials even after the Chilean chair extended Friday's talks deadline to allow more time for negotiations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 15, 2019 - 1:21 pm
MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 15, 2019 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, attendees visit the Ford booth during Auto China 2018 show held in Beijing, China. China’s government says it will postpone planned punitive tariffs on U.S.-made automobiles and other goods following an interim trade deal with Washington. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019’s announcement came after Washington agreed to postpone a planned tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese goods and to cut in half penalties that already were imposed. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
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December 15, 2019 - 3:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says it will postpone planned punitive tariffs on U.S.-made automobiles and other goods following an interim trade deal with Washington. Sunday’s announcement came after Washington agreed to postpone a planned tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese goods and to cut...
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Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, left, walks after delivering his remarks, as White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, and Mexico Economy Minister Graciela Márquez, right, applaud, after a ceremony to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
December 14, 2019 - 7:44 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Just days after a landmark agreement on a trade pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico objected Saturday to legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress as part of an eventual ratification of the deal. Jesús Seade, the Mexican Foreign Relations Department’...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 1976, file photo, Felix Rohatyn, head of New York's Municipal Assistance Corp. (MAC) speaks at a meeting of the University of Hartford's tax institute in Hartford, Conn. A banker who was credited with saving New York City from financial ruin, Rohatyn died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. (AP Photo, File)
December 14, 2019 - 6:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Rohatyn, the financier and government adviser who was credited with helping to save New York City from ruin during the 1970s as chairman of the agency that oversaw the city's finances, died Saturday. He was 91. Rohatyn's son Nicolas Rohatyn said his father died at his...
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