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US retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November; holiday shopping gains offset by lower gasoline prices

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:32am

US retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November; holiday shopping gains offset by lower gasoline prices.

UK Prime Minister May rejects suggestion of quitting over Brexit impasse, says there's still a job to be done

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:32am

UK Prime Minister May rejects suggestion of quitting over Brexit impasse, says there's still a job to be done.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes EU assurances on her Brexit deal, but says Parliament needs more

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:24am

UK Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes EU assurances on her Brexit deal, but says Parliament needs more.

AP Explains: Sri Lanka crisis persists despite court ruling

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:14am

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has declared President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament unconstitutional. Sirisena's opponents and rule-of-law activists hailed the unanimous ruling, but it did not end a months-long political stalemate that has kept Sri Lanka without a functional government.

China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:25am

China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth.

China announces suspension of 25 percent penalty tariff on US-made autos following trade cease-fire with Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:15am

China announces suspension of 25 percent penalty tariff on US-made autos following trade cease-fire with Washington.

The Latest: Survey shows French protests knocked business

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:04am

The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):

Volkswagen on track to break last year's sales record

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:50am

Volkswagen, which last year vied for the title of world's largest carmaker, says it is on track to beat that performance with a new annual sales record — despite trouble getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests.

Analysis: In democracies' political chaos, new model emerges

Niko Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:43am

Bickering in the Oval Office. Shouting at the Houses of Parliament. Rioting on the Champs-Elysees.

Hungary looks at Cyprus gas to diversity energy supply

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:24am

Hungary's foreign minister says Cyprus' offshore gas deposits could become an alternative energy source for his country, which is seeking to diversify its natural gas supply beyond Russia in order to bolster its energy security.

The Latest: UK's May rejects suggestion she quit over Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:26am

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

EU leaders vow to press on with 'no-deal' Brexit plans

Lorne Cook and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:06am

European Union leaders expressed deep doubts Friday that British Prime Minister Theresa May can live up to her side of their Brexit agreement and they vowed to step up preparations for a potentially-catastrophic "no-deal" scenario.

Paris police bracing for more violent protests

Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:16am

Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris' police chief said Friday that armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital this weekend.

Indian court rejects probe into Rafale fighter jets deal

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:07am

India's top court on Friday rejected petitions by activists seeking a probe into the government purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

World markets fall on Chinese growth concerns

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:03am

World stock markets slipped Friday after China reported weaker-than-expected economic data, stirring up worries about the state of the world's second largest economy.

13 young miners feared dead in India's remote northeast

Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:01am

Thirteen young miners were missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were digging illegally in India's remote northeast, police said Friday.

Israeli troops arrest dozens in West Bank raid

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:39pm

Israeli forces arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank overnight as the army intensified a crackdown in response to a pair of deadly shootings believed to have been carried out by Hamas militants, officials said Friday.

Trump's search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

Catherine Lucey and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:33pm

Serious contenders are hiding from view. Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter. Fresh names circulate practically on the hour. And the man in charge is stoking much of the confusion.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:24pm

In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.

Protesters, police scuffle in anti-tax protests in Jordan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:09pm

Hundreds of people have protested in Jordan's capital against the government's planned tax increases and high youth unemployment.