Government debt

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, of Wis., speaks after Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis awarded him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service at the Pentagon, in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
November 29, 2018 - 1:15 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday named immigration and the national debt as his two biggest regrets as he prepares to leave office after 20 years in Congress, saying he has no immediate plans to return to public office. The Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin, the...
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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, center, check his phone as he is flanked by his two deputies Luigi Di Maio, left, and Matteo Salvini, sipping a coffee, during a discussion on an anticorruption decree, at the Lower Chamber of Deputies, in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
November 22, 2018 - 7:29 am
MILAN (AP) — Investors are snubbing Italian bonds amid concerns over a dispute between the nation's populist government and the European Union's executive Commission. Orders for the four-year Italian bonds on Thursday reached 2.16 billion euros ($2.47 billion), well below the more than 8 billion...
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Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria listens to reporters' questions during a joint press conference with Portuguese Finance Minister and head of the Eurogroup Mario Centeno, in Rome, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Tria told lawmakers Friday that Italy will stick to its 2019 budget plan, despite EU officials' concerns about a big increase in spending. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
November 13, 2018 - 11:15 am
MILAN (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has warned the Italian government that its plan to sharply increase spending carries "substantial" risks and would leave the country vulnerable to market turmoil. Hours before the Italian populist government faced a deadline to submit a revised budget...
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November 12, 2018 - 6:20 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power. Tanks rolled in the streets of the capital, Harare, on Nov. 14, 2017, and the military put Mugabe under house arrest, in reaction to Mugabe's firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa...
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Italian Finance Minister Giovanni Tria, right, talks to European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici prior to a meeting of Eurogroup Finance Ministers at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Finance Ministers from the 19 nations using the euro currency gather in Brussels on Monday to debate draft budget plans amid tensions over whether Italy's planned spending package breaks promises to cut public debt. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 05, 2018 - 4:22 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Eurozone finance ministers urged Italy on Monday to respond to European Commission demands for a new budget plan after the EU's executive wing rejected Rome's original spending package. The commission supervises EU countries' budget plans and said it considered the blueprint for...
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Left to right: vice premier Luigi Di Maio, premier Giuseppe Conte and vice premier Matteo Salvini, pose as they arrive for a press conference at Chigi's Palace, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 20 2018. Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
October 23, 2018 - 12:10 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union set up a high-stakes battle with Italy, one of the bloc's biggest economies, over who has final control over a member state's budget after the executive Commission took the unprecedented step of ordering the country to revise its public spending plans. In a move...
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FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo trader Peter Mazza, left, works with trader Daniel Trimble on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 18, 2018 - 4:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped again Thursday as investors continued to sell shares of technology and internet companies, industrials, and companies that rely on consumer spending. Several industrial companies tumbled after releasing weak quarterly reports, and European stocks also fell as...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, file photo Tommy Kalikas, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 4. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 04, 2018 - 3:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks are falling Thursday as interest rates in the U.S. continue to rise. The S&P 500 index is on track for its biggest drop in more than three months as internet and technology companies fall. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is rising further after hitting a...
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Bedouin child from Khan al-Ahmar holds poster of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Palestinian flags infront of the German representative office, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The children are pleading with Merkel to pressure Israel to halt demolition plans for the encampment outside an Israeli settlement east of Jerusalem. Arabic on the poster reads, "save Khan al-Ahmar" and "save our school." (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
October 03, 2018 - 1:39 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel on Wednesday for the latest in a series of joint government consultations highlighting the countries' close bond seven decades after the Holocaust, even as recent developments have tested the tight ties. Her two-day visit is...
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Italian Finance Minister Giovanni Tria, left, attends a round table meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the European Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
October 02, 2018 - 5:43 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's leaders refused to budge from new spending targets that have been spooking investors recently and prompted concerns from the country's partners in eurozone. Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that the government "will not back up one millimeter" from spending...
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