Brazil future unclear amid opposing ideologies of ministers

America 12/07/18, 00:05

With his inauguration just weeks away, Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is assembling a Cabinet of ministers with starkly different views on key issues like climate change, the economy and China that is raising questions about the direction the far-right leader will take Latin America's largest nation.Since being elected in October, ...

Lebanon minister: Syrian abuses slow return of refugees

World 11/27/18, 09:36

A Lebanese Cabinet minister says some Syrian refugees who have returned home from Lebanon have been killed, detained or forced to join the military, leading to a slowdown in the return of Syrians residing in Lebanon.Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Mouin Merhebi told The Associated Press Tuesday that so ...

Sri Lankan president: PM-related investigations to continue

World 11/25/18, 05:28

Sri Lanka's president on Sunday assured non-interference in ongoing investigations into abductions, killings of journalists and other crimes allegedly committed by those connected to the new prime minister and his Cabinet.President Maithripala Sirisena said that the courts and police would continue to function independently despite Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa joining ...

2 premiers and no government: Crisis confuses Sri Lankans

World 11/21/18, 20:18

Two men each claim to be the prime minister. Lawmakers are exchanging blows in Parliament. A former finance minister says the country is on the brink of an "economic anarchy."Welcome to Sri Lanka, where the political crisis is getting worse by the week.FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018 file ...

South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

World 11/19/18, 06:50

A Cabinet minister in South Africa is citing concerns that efforts to prosecute people allegedly involved in corruption under former president Jacob Zuma are falling short.Pravin Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, on Monday told a commission investigating corruption allegations that he has often heard South Africans ask why "no big ...

Markets Right Now: Stocks open lower on Wall Street

Business 11/15/18, 09:46

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street, extending the market's losing streak into a sixth day.Health care companies and banks fell the most early Thursday. Johnson & Johnson and Citigroup each fell about 1 percent.Technology shares rose. Cisco Systems ...

10 Things to Know for Today

California 11/15/18, 06:17

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE DEATH TOLL HITS MILESTONEExperts say the wildfire burning north of Sacramento that has killed at least 56 is the deadliest in a century.2. BREXIT DEAL IN CHAOSTwo British Cabinet ministers, including ...

Update: Reports say UK, EU negotiators seal Brexit deal

Europe 11/13/18, 11:46

The Latest on negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):4:45 p.m.British and Irish media say U.K. and EU negotiators have reached an agreement on a proposed Brexit deal to resolve the main outstanding issue of the Irish border.Irish national broadcaster RTE says the two sides have ...

UK says Brexit deal ‘almost within touching distance’

Europe 11/13/18, 05:25

Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy says Britain and the European Union are "almost within touching distance" of a Brexit deal after another late-night negotiating session.Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington says it's "possible but not at all definite" that the two sides can reach agreement this week.Britain wants to seal a ...

China postpones on allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading

World 11/12/18, 23:33

China is postponing its decision to allow trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts a bare two weeks after the easing of the ban had raised fears the country was giving legal cover to poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife.The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Cabinet official Ding Xuedong as saying ...

Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

Politics 11/12/18, 21:30

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior's inspector general, including one ...

California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom announces first hires

California 11/09/18, 20:05

Former Hillary Clinton staffer Ann O'Leary will serve as chief of staff to Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, the incoming governor announced Friday.Newsom also hired former California Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos to be his cabinet secretary.O'Leary and Matosantos are Newsom's first two hires for his incoming administration. Newsom will be ...

Pence to visit Japan on start of Asian tour next week

Politics 11/08/18, 01:10

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan next week to discuss North Korea and other issues ahead of two key regional meetings.Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Thursday that Pence will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials during his visit on Monday and ...

Japan, South Korea pleased to be spared sanctions penalties

World 11/06/18, 06:45

The Latest on the situation in Iran after the re-imposition of all American sanctions on the country (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Japan says it is pleased to be temporarily spared from penalties as the U.S. resumes sanctions on Iran. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, however, told reporters Tuesday that Japan will monitor ...

A guide to the 2018 midterm elections in Florida

U.S. 11/05/18, 13:19

Florida voters on Tuesday will elect a U.S. senator, a new governor, three Cabinet members and several new members of Congress while deciding to support or approve 12 proposed changes to the state's constitution. Here's a look at the choices facing Florida on Election Day. GOVERNOR Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is ...

Sri Lanka president summons Parliament amid political crisis

World 11/04/18, 12:20

Sri Lanka's president issued an order Sunday for Parliament to reconvene Nov. 14, when lawmakers will get the chance to hold a confidence vote on the nation's former strongman who has been named prime minister.The announcement made in a decree comes amid a political crisis in the South Asian island ...

Australia aims to remove asylum seeker children from Nauru

World 11/01/18, 00:02

Australia aims to remove all asylum seeker children from Nauru within two months as concerns escalate about their deteriorating health after languishing on the tiny Pacific atoll nation for up to five years.But cabinet ministers said on Thursday the government is maintaining its much-criticized policy of sending all asylum seekers ...

Explains: How Sri Lanka plunged into political crisis

Asia & Pacific 10/29/18, 06:23

Sri Lanka is in a constitutional stalemate, torn between two leaders who both claim to be its legitimate prime minister. President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolved his Cabinet on Friday, abruptly ending a strained coalition government between two traditionally opposed political parties. Former strongman President Mahinda ...

Signs of warming ties as Israeli ministers head to Gulf

Sports 10/28/18, 15:11

In an emotional scene, the Israeli national anthem was performed at a public sporting event in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday while two Israeli Cabinet ministers said they would soon head to the region in new signs of warming ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab states.The developments came ...

Ethiopia elects 1st female president; ‘sets the standard’

Africa 10/25/18, 01:31

Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously elected the country's first female president, days after approving one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets.Seasoned diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde succeeds Mulatu Teshome in the largely ceremonial post."In a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the ...

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