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By The Associated Press | Updated - Aug. 22, 2019 at 8:41 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 21, 2019 at 10:41 p.m.

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenland and the rest of the Arctic region are taking on new geopolitical and economic importance as warmer temperatures cause the ice to retreat. The United States, Russia, China and others all want in. Greenland is thought to have the largest deposits outside China of rare earth minerals used to make batteries and cellphones, and the region is believed to hold up to one-fourth of the Earth's undiscovered oil and gas. U.S. President Donald Trump has floated the idea of buying Greenland.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters: It's time to come out of hiding. President Donald Trump's campaign is rallying and training a corps of female defenders, mindful that Trump's shaky standing with women could sink his hopes of reelection next year. Female surrogates and supporters fanned out across important battlegrounds Thursday in a high-profile push to make the president's case on the economy and to train campaign volunteers.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call "the lungs of the planet" has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame under a leader who has described Brazil's rainforest protections as an obstacle to economic development and who traded Twitter jabs with France's president over the fires.

PROLE, Iowa (AP) — As the U.S. economy flashes recession warning signs, Democratic presidential candidates are leveling preemptive blame on President Donald Trump. They argue that his aggressive and unpredictable tariff policies are prompting gloomy economic forecasts. Yet they're also straining to avoid the appearance of cheering for a downturn that would inflict economic pain on millions of Americans, but potentially help their party's political fortunes in 2020.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in some states have been forced to change their financial procedures because of new restrictions imposed by the Trump administration. New fees are being charged and financial reserves are being tapped to comply with a newly implemented rule prohibiting participating clinics from referring women for abortions. Anti-abortion activists who form a key part of President Donald Trump's base have been campaigning to defund Planned Parenthood.

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