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Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, right, and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hold a joint press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Mogherini, said she wants a free trade agreement with Australia as soon as possible as an example against protectionism. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
August 07, 2018 - 11:58 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Wednesday she wanted a free trade agreement with Australia as soon as possible as an example against protectionism. Mogherini met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Sydney to discuss a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, people opposing Proposition A listen to a speaker during a rally in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri votes Tuesday, Aug. 7 on a so-called right-to-work law, a voter referendum seeking to ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 07, 2018 - 11:20 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters delivered a resounding victory to unions Tuesday, rejecting a right-to-work law against compulsory union fees that had been passed by Republican state officials but placed on hold for more than a year after organized labor petitioned for a referendum...
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FILE- In this March 27, 2018, photo, people record the reveal of the new iPad during an Apple event at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago. The Trump administration’s hit list of Chinese products facing import taxes includes key components used in gadgets that can be wirelessly operated through a smartphone or another device. The tariffs also will nail networking equipment that makes the internet work. Trump has also threatened to impose tariffs on a total of $500 billion worth of Chinese items. That could affect major technology products such as Apple’s iPhones, which are assembled in China. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
August 07, 2018 - 5:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will go ahead with imposing 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports. Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax Aug. 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said. The list is heavy on...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2010, file photo, financier Carl Icahn poses for photos upon arriving for the annual New York City Police Foundation Gala in New York. Icahn is urging Cigna shareholders to vote against the health insurer’s attempted multi-billion dollar takeover of Express Scripts. In a letter Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, Icahn warned that Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager, faces intense competition from Amazon, regulatory risks and could lose the business of other health insurers that won’t want to deal with a company owned by a rival. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
August 07, 2018 - 9:06 am
Carl Icahn is urging Cigna shareholders to reject the health insurer's attempted multi-billion dollar takeover of Express Scripts, saying it's paying too much for a company with a shaky future. Shares of Express Scripts dipped in premarket trading Tuesday. The billionaire and activist investor...
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters address a press conference after their meeting at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Mogherini said the EU is encouraging enterprises to increase their business with Iran, as that country has been compliant with their nuclear-related commitments. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 9:04 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear program. Federica Mogherini told reporters Tuesday during her trip to...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives for a meeting with Sen. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 07, 2018 - 8:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Be careful what you wish for. That's the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation. The GOP may ultimately pay a political price. When and how steep?...
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A woman cools down under a fountain in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Monday, Aug.6, 2018, where temperatures rose up to 35 degrees Celsius ( 95 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat wave in France is expected to last until Thursday, with temperatures peaking Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
August 07, 2018 - 5:55 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local): 10:50 a.m. France's environment minister has called on motorists to comply with car restrictions amid a heat wave expected to peak Tuesday in the country. Nicolas Hulot told Europe 1 radio "we are facing a...
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In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani struck a hard line Monday as the U.S. restored some sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 5:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first set of U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord went back into effect early Tuesday under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran's automotive sector,...
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In this Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, photo, a woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as strong corporate profits helped to defuse fears over U.S.-China trade tensions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 07, 2018 - 5:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets followed Wall Street higher Tuesday as strong corporate profits helped to defuse fears over U.S.-China trade tensions. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX rose 1.0 percent to 12,726.57 and France's CAC 40 advanced 0.9 percent to 5,526.12. London's FTSE...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the most critical moment in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial will arrive next week with the testimony of his longtime associate Gates.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
August 06, 2018 - 9:13 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government's star witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort testified Monday that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the former Trump campaign chairman — and told jurors that he and Manafort committed crimes together. Rick Gates, described by...
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