National budgets

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles as he arrives to President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
December 04, 2019 - 2:42 pm
WATFORD, England (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed the significance of repeated contacts between his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and phone numbers linked to the White House and its budget office — contacts that were first revealed in the House Intelligence Committee’s lengthy...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, hold a joint press conference at the Elysee palace, Thursday, Nov.28, 2019 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said the NATO needed "a wake up call" and that its leaders must have a strategic discussion about how the military alliance should work, including on improving ties with Russia. (Bertrand Guay, Pool via AP)
November 28, 2019 - 10:23 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on discussions ahead of next week’s NATO summit in London (all times local): 4:20 p.m. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the United States will pay less into the military alliance’s budget from next year, with Germany stepping up contributions to fill the gap. At...
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November 27, 2019 - 3:18 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is asking its 22 member states for more money to be able to carry out ambitious new missions and keep up with growing competition from the private sector. ESA, which began a two-day ministerial meeting Wednesday in Seville, Spain, is looking to increase its...
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November 25, 2019 - 4:20 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government has agreed “in principle” on a long-anticipated oil-sharing deal with the northern Kurdish region, officials said Monday. The agreement comes amid weeks of anti-government protests threatening the continued rule of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who is seen as...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen as the sun sets in Washington. Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures. Top lawmakers of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Saturday, Nov. 23, confirmed agreement on allocations for each of the 12 spending bills. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
November 24, 2019 - 6:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures. Top lawmakers of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Saturday confirmed...
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Lebanese marine special forces soldiers march during a military parade to mark the 76th anniversary of Lebanon's independence from France at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh near Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Lebanon's top politicians attended Friday a military parade on the country's 76th Independence Day, appearing for the first time since the government resigned amid nationwide protests now in their second month. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
November 22, 2019 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for...
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November 21, 2019 - 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-held Senate has passed a temporary government-wide spending bill that would keep federal agencies up and running through Dec. 20 and avert a government shutdown after midnight Thursday. The spending bill, passed by a 74-20 vote, would keep federal the government...
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November 21, 2019 - 9:32 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government has pledged to exceed the strict surplus targets demanded by its former bailout lenders for this year and next. In the 2020 budget submitted to Parliament Thursday, the government says it will outperform its primary surplus target— the annual balance...
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Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party gestures on stage at the launch of Labour's General Election manifesto, at Birmingham City University, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
November 21, 2019 - 8:59 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party promised Thursday to radically expand public spending and state ownership if it wins the Dec. 12 election, trying to close an opinion-poll gap with the governing Conservatives. The party said a Labour government would nationalize Britain’s...
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November 19, 2019 - 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a short-term spending bill to keep federal agencies running for another month. The hope is that the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills. Tuesday’s legislation would avert a Thanksgiving...
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