National governments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to French President Emmanuel Macron, connected by video, during a press conference after a joint video conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 18, 2020. One topic was the corona pandemic and its consequences. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
May 18, 2020 - 11:03 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France jointly proposed a 500 billion-euro ($543 billion) recovery fund Monday to boost European economies hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said the fund would see European Union...
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A cyclist wearing a mask pedals past other vehicles during extended lockdown in Kochi, southern Kerala state, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India on Monday saw a slow trickle of people returning outdoors and thin traffic on its roads in some states, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
May 18, 2020 - 3:22 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — People trickled outdoors and thin traffic returned to roads in some Indian states on Monday, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. Small shops and other businesses were...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017 photo, Martin Shkreli is interviewed on the Fox Business Network in New York. A judge rejected the request of the convicted pharmaceutical executive to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior” that led to his conviction. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 17, 2020 - 9:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior” that led to his conviction. U.S...
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Signs depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, are seen during a demonstration outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, on Thursday postponed the swearing-in of their controversial new government as the Israeli leader rushed to quell infighting within his Likud party. Hebrew reads: "Israel is ashamed." (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 17, 2020 - 6:35 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — After three deadlocked and divisive elections, a year and a half of political paralysis and another three-day delay because of political infighting in his Likud party over coveted Cabinet posts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was finally swearing in his new government on Sunday...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the official residence La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vazquez announced on Saturday, May 16, 2020, that she will hold a non-binding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, File)
May 16, 2020 - 1:24 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status. For the first time in the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 19, 2019, file photo, protesters for women's rights hold a rally on the Alabama Capitol steps to protest a law passed the previous week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, in Montgomery, Ala. An Alabama-based abortion rights group used a flood of donations that poured in from across the country after the abortion ban to purchase the state’s busiest abortion clinic to ensure it stays open, the Yellowhammer Fund announced Friday, May 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
May 16, 2020 - 8:00 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative lawmakers in Alabama last year tried to enact the nation's most stringent abortion ban, but the attempt to outlaw the procedure may have had one ironic twist. An Alabama-based abortion rights group used a flood of donations that poured in from across the country...
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May 15, 2020 - 9:02 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China is going after the United States over more than $1 billion that the Trump administration owes the United Nations in unpaid dues for its regular operating budget and arrears for the separate budget for the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations. The unusual singling out...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2017, file photo, two people sleep on a street in downtown Portland, Ore. Voters in metropolitan Portland will be asked Tuesday, May 19, 2020 to approve taxes on personal income and business profits that would raise $2.5 billion over a decade to fight homelessness even as Oregon grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and its worst recession in decades. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 15, 2020 - 3:46 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Voters in metropolitan Portland, Oregon, will be asked Tuesday to approve taxes on personal income and business profits that would raise $2.5 billion over a decade to fight homelessness even as the state grapples with the coronavirus and its worst recession in years. The...
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Security officers, one wearing a mask, walk in front of the Supreme Court, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 15, 2020 - 11:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the Supreme Court is doing business. For the foreseeable future the court will be announcing its opinions not in the courtroom but by posting decisions online. And the justices are holding their private conferences by phone. Over the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, people walk on a bridge under an election campaign billboard for the Blue and White party, then an opposition party led by Benny Gantz, left, and showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Ramat Gan, Israel. After three deadlocked and divisive elections, and a year and a half of political paralysis, Israel is finally swearing in a new government, with Netanyahu securing a historic fifth term in office thanks to a controversial power-sharing deal with rival-turned-partner Gantz. The deal calls for Netanyahu to serve as prime minister for the government’s first 18 months before being replaced by Gantz. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
May 14, 2020 - 11:02 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, on Thursday postponed the swearing-in of their controversial new government as the Israeli leader rushed to quell infighting within his Likud party. In a joint announcement, the two men said they would...
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