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Zimbabwe's Mugabe summoned over alleged diamond looting

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:28am

A Zimbabwean parliamentary committee is summoning former leader Robert Mugabe to explain past comments on alleged diamond looting — the first time a public institution has called him to account for such claims made during his 37-year rule.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

Matthew Pennington and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:03am

Americans largely fear the U.S. relationship with Russia and China will get worse in the coming year. And despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons, nearly half say the same about North Korea.

Trump calls OPEC efforts to boost oil prices 'not good'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:02am

President Donald Trump says oil-producing cartel OPEC "is at it again," and that efforts to maintain high prices "will not be accepted!"

Woman who lost pink house, court case seeks box office win

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:22am

Susette Kelo's Supreme Court case now has a Hollywood ending, just not the one she hoped for.

Reward doubled to $20K after 700 pounds of dynamite stolen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:18am

Federal authorities have doubled the reward to $20,000 for information on the theft of hundreds of explosives from a worksite in Pennsylvania.

UK pound drops as central bank chief tempers rate hike talk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:41am

The British pound is falling from post-Brexit highs after the Bank of England's governor tempered market expectations of another interest rate hike next month.

Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:29am

The Kushner Cos. has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

Sudanese president fires foreign minister after pay remark

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:24am

Sudanese president fired his foreign minister following the diplomat's remarks about how the diplomatic corps has not been paid for the past seven months, the official SUNA news agency reported.

ZTE protests US penalty, says it is seeking solution

Joe McDonald and Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:14am

ZTE Corp., one of China's biggest tech companies, warned Friday a ban on access to U.S. technology threatens its survival and said the company is looking for a legal solution.

Latvian bank asks US to hold off money laundering sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:07am

Latvian bank ABLV has rejected the U.S. government's findings that it "institutionalizes money laundering" and helps evade sanctions as "hyperbolic," saying they refer to old practices it has now changed.

EPA head showed penchant for travel, drivers even before DC

Ellen Knickmeyer and Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:39pm

Scott Pruitt's penchant for travel and concerns about security were notable even before he became head of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to newly obtained records that show that as Oklahoma's attorney general he frequently traveled out-of-state for appearances before conservative groups and used an office investigator as a driver.

Lagarde urges countries to settle trade disputes, cut debt

Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:29pm

The head of the International Monetary Fund is urging countries to work out their differences over trade and take advantage of a healthy world economy to reduce debt before the next downturn comes.

Moon faces tough challenges ahead of summit with Kim

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:56pm

The meeting next week between the leaders of the rival Koreas will be the ultimate test of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's belief that his nation should lead international efforts to deal with North Korea.

Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:32pm

Shares are lower in Asia after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices. A warning by the head of the IMF over the potential for trade tensions to harm global growth also weighed on sentiment.

Reports: Wells Fargo to be fined $1B as early as Friday

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:06pm

Federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto-lending and mortgage businesses, The New York Times and other news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources.

As doors close in the US, China's Huawei shifts to Europe

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:53pm

As trade disputes simmer, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the No. 3 smartphone brand, is shifting its growth efforts toward Europe and Asia in the face of mounting obstacles in the U.S. market.

California man charged with hate crimes over threats to Jews

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:45pm

A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Thursday to hate crimes after prosecutors say he threatened prominent members of the Jewish community and had with a "kill list" that included the names of people in the entertainment industry.

More protests in Nicaragua, 5 TV channels ordered off air

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:53pm

More protests and clashes broke out Thursday in Nicaragua over a planned social security reform, and the government ordered off the air five independent TV channels that have been covering the unrest.

Woman's win of nursing home money a rarity in aging Japan

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:01pm

When her stay at the glamorous Grancreer residence turned into a nightmare of disrupted sleep and difficulties with the staff, retired harpist Yumi Makino opted out, and after a two-year legal battle got her deposit money back in a rare victory over a big real estate company.

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:11pm

Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island.