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July 07, 2019 - 11:08 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African heads of state have gathered in Niger's capital to launch a continentwide free trade area. The African Continental Free Trade Area aims to create a single unified market for the continent's 1.3 billion people and to boost economic development in an estimated...
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In this June 20, 2019 photo, the Capitol is seen from the roof of the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Health care is on the agenda for Congress when lawmakers return, and it’s not another battle over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Instead of dealing with the uninsured, lawmakers are trying to bring down costs for people who already have coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 07, 2019 - 9:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess,...
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The Italian NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans' Alex migrant rescue ship carrying 46 migrants rescued off Libya coasts, docks in the port of Lampedusa, Sicily island, Italy, Saturday, July 6, 2019. Italy’s hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has barred all private rescue ships from entering Italian ports. He pointed to an offer from Malta to accept the migrants from the Italian-flagged ship. (Elio Desiderio/ANSA via AP)
July 06, 2019 - 12:59 pm
MILAN (AP) — An Italian rescue ship with 46 migrants on board docked Saturday without incident in the Italian port of Lampedusa against an explicit ban after declaring a state of emergency. Italy's hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini — who has barred all private rescue ships from entering...
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July 06, 2019 - 5:18 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has fired the central bank governor amid the country's economic downturn. Murat Cetinkaya was replaced by Murat Uysal, the deputy governor, in a presidential decree published Saturday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has the authority to make such appointments,...
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This Thursday, June 27, 2019, photo shows Shanna Couper Orona tending to her friend Jess (last name not given) in Jess' parked van along a street in San Francisco. A federally mandated count of homeless in San Francisco increased 17% in two years, driven in part by a surge of people living in RVs and other vehicles. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 05, 2019 - 6:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most homeless people in San Francisco sleep in parks and on sidewalks but a growing number are living out of their vehicles, helping fuel an overall 17% increase in homelessness in the last two years, according to a report released Friday. San Francisco tallied about 8,000...
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FILE - This Feb. 5, 2018, file photo shows the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System in the ground at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. Economist Judy Shelton, tapped by President Donald Trump for a seat on the Federal Reserve board, says she does not favor credit tightening by the Federal Reserve that would harm investors. In a CNBC interview on Friday, July 5, 2019, Shelton sought to align her past criticism of the Fed’s record low interest rates during the Obama administration with the current attacks by Trump on Fed rate hikes.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 05, 2019 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Economist Judy Shelton, tapped by President Donald Trump for a seat on the Federal Reserve board, said on Friday she does not favor credit tightening by the Federal Reserve that would harm investors. In a CNBC interview, Shelton sought to align her past criticism of the Fed's...
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Carroll County Democrats Fourth of July Barbecue, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Carroll, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
July 05, 2019 - 2:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the leading Democrats in the 2020 presidential contest are working to strengthen their foreign policy bona fides, eager to address their own inexperience on national security matters and draw a contrast with President Donald Trump's unpredictable approach to trouble spots...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign event Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 05, 2019 - 12:34 pm
Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren says that if elected president she would sign executive orders aimed at addressing the wage and employment leadership gap for women of color, punishing companies and contractors with historically poor records on diversity and equality by denying them...
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July 05, 2019 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve repeats its pledge to "act as appropriate" to sustain the current economic expansion, now the longest in U.S. history, while noting that most Fed officials have lowered their expectations for the future course of interest rates. The Fed's statement on interest...
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In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, job applicants line up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood during a job fair in Hollywood, Fla. On Friday, July 5, the U.S. government issues the June jobs report. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
July 05, 2019 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy's durability after more than a decade of expansion. The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve...
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