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Pentagon: US Strikes Iran-backed Group That Hit Iraq Base

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. launched airstrikes in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad, the Pentagon said. U.S. officials said multiple strikes by U.S. fighter jets on Thursday hit […]

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. launched airstrikes in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad, the Pentagon said. U.S. officials said multiple strikes by U.S....

Saudi Aramco Says It Will Increase Oil Production Capacity

By AYA BATRAWY Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil company Aramco said Wednesday it will increase production capacity to 13 million barrels per day, up from 12 million per day, part of a strategy to dominate market share amid a slowdown in demand due to the outbreak of a new virus. […]

By AYA BATRAWY Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil company Aramco said Wednesday it will increase production capacity to 13 million barrels per day, up from 12 million per day, part of a strategy to dominate market share amid a slowdown in demand due to the...

Tentacles of Olympic Cancellation Would Reach Around Globe

By STEPHEN WADE and GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports WritersTOKYO (AP) — The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues — would reach into every corner of the globe, much like the spreading virus that now imperils the opening ceremony on July 24. The International Olympic Committee and […]

By STEPHEN WADE and GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports WritersTOKYO (AP) — The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues — would reach into every corner of the globe, much like the spreading virus that now imperils the opening ceremony on July 24....

US Starts Troop Pullout, Seeks End to Afghan Leaders’ Feud

By KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday, taking a step forward on its peace deal with the Taliban while also praising Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s promise to start releasing Taliban prisoners after he had delayed for over a […]

By KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday, taking a step forward on its peace deal with the Taliban while also praising Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's promise to start releasing Taliban prisoners after he...

Virus Effects Take Hold as Trump Calls Criticisms a ‘Hoax’

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the world economy grew more alarming on Saturday, even as President Donald Trump denounced criticisms of his response to the threat as a “hoax” cooked up by his political enemies. New data released by manufacturing powerhouse China, where the virus was first detected […]

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak's impact on the world economy grew more alarming on Saturday, even as President Donald Trump denounced criticisms of his response to the threat as a "hoax" cooked up by his political enemies. New data released by manufacturing powerhouse China, where...

Impact of US-Japan Trade Relations on Region

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A lecture on trade relations between the United States and Japan may provide valuable insights to regional business owners engaged in international trade or looking to start trading goods internationally. Noriyuki Shikata is an associate with the program on U.S.-Japan Relations with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A lecture on trade relations between the United States and Japan may provide valuable insights to regional business owners engaged in international trade or looking to start trading goods internationally. Noriyuki Shikata is an associate with the program on U.S.-Japan Relations with the Weatherhead Center for International...

Putin Announces Constitutional Reform, His PM Steps Down

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of his prime minister Wednesday after proposing constitutional amendments that could herald his intention to carve out a position that would let him stay at Russia’s helm after his presidency ends. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who served as a placeholder president […]

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of his prime minister Wednesday after proposing constitutional amendments that could herald his intention to carve out a position that would let him stay at Russia's helm after his presidency ends. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who...

Queen Agrees to Let Harry, Meghan Move Part-Time to Canada

By FRANK AUGSTEIN and DANICA KIRKA Associated PressSANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II agreed Monday to grant Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor. The British monarch said in a statement that […]

By FRANK AUGSTEIN and DANICA KIRKA Associated PressSANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II agreed Monday to grant Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor. The British monarch...

Iraqi Supporters of Iran-backed Militia Attack US Embassy

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside […]

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. An Associated Press reporter at the scene...

Pope Offers Hope Against Darkness in Christmas Day Message

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. The pope told tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the annual Christmas […]

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. The pope told tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans gathered in St. Peter's...