National governments

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 photo, a billboard depicting Shiite spiritual leaders and volunteer fighters from the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces who were killed in Iraq fighting Islamic State militants, is displayed in Basra, Iraq. As the U.S. and Israel step up their efforts to contain Iran, countries in Tehran’s orbit are feeling the heat. Nowhere is that being felt more than in Iraq, where Shiite forces tied to Iran pose a growing challenge to the government’s authority. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
September 20, 2019 - 5:37 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat. Pro-Iranian militias across Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are being targeted, both with economic sanctions and precision airstrikes hitting...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Indian workers prepare packing of clutch buttons at an auto component manufacturing factory on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. Asian shares advanced Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, and India’s benchmark jumped 5.4% after the government announced plans to cut corporate taxes. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
September 20, 2019 - 3:52 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government on Friday announced a slew of concessions aimed at boosting the economy that will reduce most corporate taxes for local companies to about 25% from 30%. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the lower tax rates will retroactively apply from April 1, the...
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President Donald Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Otay Mesa, Calif. President Trump is asking a federal judge to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns. Trump’s attorneys filed a lawsuit Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in U.S. District Court in New York.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 19, 2019 - 2:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a federal court Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns as part of a criminal investigation, opening another front in the president's efforts to keep his financial information private. Trump's attorneys filed a...
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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Benny Gantz's Blue and White has pledged not to sit in the same government as Netanyahu, as the long-serving Israeli leader is expected to face indictment in a slew of corruption scandals. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
September 19, 2019 - 1:44 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel's inconclusive national election. But with both men demanding to be prime minister, there were no signs they could break the deadlock...
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Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 19, 2019 - 12:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Labor Department tried to assure senators Thursday that his years of legal work for corporate clients would not influence his actions as a Cabinet member. In opening remarks before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,...
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Ant-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller leaves the Supreme Court in London, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament on Sept. 9, sending lawmakers home until Oct. 14 — just over two weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
September 19, 2019 - 4:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court is set to finish hearing a case that will determine whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law by suspending Parliament just weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union. Judges at the country's top court will hear Thursday from a lawyer for...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., pauses during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 18, 2019 - 7:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber's leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck...
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Demonstrators hold placards and flags outside the Supreme Court in London, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament on Sept. 9, sending lawmakers home until Oct. 14 — just over two weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
September 18, 2019 - 10:52 am
LONDON (AP) — The British government was back at the country's Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks just before the country is set to leave the European Union was neither improper nor illegal. But the justices pushed...
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Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, follows Spain's King Felipe VI into a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019. Spain's King Felipe VI is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders, hoping he can find a candidate that can win parliament's backing to form a government and avert a second national election this year. (Ballesteros, Pool photo via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 8:18 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's acting prime minister asked voters Wednesday for an even bigger victory for his Socialist party after his failure to form a government triggered a new election in November. Pedro Sánchez told opposition parties in parliament that "when we will be forced back to the...
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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, left, shakes hands with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leans forward Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 in Strasbourg. Members of the European Parliament discuss the current state of play of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
September 18, 2019 - 7:44 am
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The Danish government says the risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal "will have serious consequences for the U.K., but also for Denmark and the rest of the EU." Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofoed...
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