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Anti-government protesters use their Laser ray lights, as they are sprayed by water from the riot police during a protest near the parliament square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 16, 2019 - 6:43 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO SENATE DEMOCRATS WANT TO HEAR FROM IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats will seek testimony from new witnesses, including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney...
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A member of the Brazil delegation during the closing plenary at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But one of the key issues at the talks, an agreement on international carbon markets, has eluded officials even after the Chilean chair extended Friday's talks deadline to allow more time for negotiations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 15, 2019 - 12:07 pm
MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 15, 2019 - 7:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, attendees visit the Ford booth during Auto China 2018 show held in Beijing, China. China’s government says it will postpone planned punitive tariffs on U.S.-made automobiles and other goods following an interim trade deal with Washington. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019’s announcement came after Washington agreed to postpone a planned tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese goods and to cut in half penalties that already were imposed. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
December 15, 2019 - 2:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says it will postpone planned punitive tariffs on U.S.-made automobiles and other goods following an interim trade deal with Washington. Sunday’s announcement came after Washington agreed to postpone a planned tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese goods and to cut...
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In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, photo, an image showing North Korea's missile launch is displayed at the Unification Observation Post in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. North Korea on Saturday, Dec. 14, says it successfully performed another "crucial test" as its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its "reliable strategic nuclear deterrent. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 14, 2019 - 9:21 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test — the second at the facility in a week, according to North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science — possibly...
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Activist protest outside of the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The United Nations Secretary-General has warned that failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 14, 2019 - 6:08 pm
MADRID (AP) — U.N. climate talks in Madrid dragged into a second day of extra time Sunday, with officials from almost 200 countries unable to break the deadlock on key points of difference. The chair of the meeting, Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, told weary delegates to examine new...
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December 14, 2019 - 1:57 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Just days after a landmark agreement on a trade pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico objected Saturday to legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress as part of an eventual ratification of the deal. Jesús Seade, the Mexican Foreign Relations Department’...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, a man eats a snack while passing an "I love China" decoration at a popular shopping mall in Beijing. China is putting a positive face on an agreement to start dialing down a trade war that it blames the U.S. for starting. Chinese experts and news media said Saturday that the deal would reduce uncertainty for companies and lay the foundation for further talks. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
December 14, 2019 - 7:44 am
BEIJING (AP) — China expressed cautious optimism Saturday about a first-step trade agreement that dials down a trade war it blames the U.S. for starting. Chinese experts and news media joined government officials in saying the deal would reduce uncertainty for companies, at least in the short term...
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Shoppers at a retail district pass by an American lingerie company Victoria's Secrets store in Beijing on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. China deputy trade envoy says China, U.S. have reached trade deal, will reduce punitive tariffs on each other's goods. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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December 13, 2019 - 4:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The limited trade deal that the Trump administration and Beijing announced Friday means Americans will avoid a holiday tax increase on imported toys, clothing and smartphones. U.S. farmers can sell more soybeans and pork to China. And American companies should face less pressure...
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Specialist Gregg Maloney, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. After months of waiting, markets had a muted reaction to news Friday that the US and China had reached an initial deal on trade. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
December 13, 2019 - 4:05 pm
Wall Street closed out a listless day Friday with tiny gains and more record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. The U.S. and China revealed they have reached an initial deal in their long-running trade war. The “Phase 1” agreement means that the U.S. won't impose new tariffs on Chinese goods...
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