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Turkey regulators say no U.S. probe into banks, denying reports

Turkish banks aren’t under investigation and U.S. authorities haven’t sent any information or documents to their Turkish counterparts, Mehmet Ali Akben, the head of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, …


U.S.-backed forces take Syria’s largest oil field from IS

U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory

A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former “capital” of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after …


U.S. unemployment claims fall 44-year low

The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

After IS collapse in Raqqa, U.S. faces other extremism threats

The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters.


U.S., Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if …


US homebuilder sentiment rises in October

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in months, looking past a recent slowdown in new home sales and the risk of rising labor and materials costs following …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Trump says ‘total termination’ of Iran deal possible

President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his threat to fully withdraw the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, while holding out the possibility that fixes to the accord …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

Trump: Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on U.S. personnel

President Donald Trump said Monday that he believes Cuba is responsible for unexplained, invisible attacks in Cuba that have harmed American government workers.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

U.S.-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in ‘a few days’

A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa “within a few days” after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, …


U.S. delegation visits Turkey for talks following visa spat

A U.S. delegation arrived in Ankara for talks aimed at resolving a diplomatic dispute that spat that resulted in the two countries suspending the issuance of travel visas to the …


AP Analysis: Iran angered by Trump, but needs nuclear deal

U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, but Tehran is unlikely to walk away from the agreement in retaliation.


Tillerson: North Korea diplomacy continues until 1st ‘bomb drops’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.”


Boyle says Taliban-linked captors killed his daughter, allowed his wife to be raped

Taliban-linked captors who held American Caitlan Coleman and her family for five years killed her infant daughter and allowed Coleman to be raped by a guard, her husband said, introducing …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Trump’s speech sparks a new war of words between U.S., Iran

President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of …


Hostage release not a cure for long-damaged U.S.-Pakistan ties

The United States and Pakistan are hailing the release of a Taliban-held U.S.-Canadian family as a cautious sign of improved ties for a deeply troubled relationship that has endured years …


Trump keeps U.S. in Iran nuke deal, tells Congress to fix it

President Donald Trump angrily accused Iran of violating the landmark 2015 international nuclear accord, blaming the Iranians for a litany of sinister behavior and hitting their main military wing with …


Energy surge sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5 pct.

U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in September, the largest increase in eight months. The result reflects another big jump in energy prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

Storms surge and U.S. retail sales surge

Americans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.


U.S.-Canadian family held 5 years by militants leaves Pakistan

Five years after they were seized by an extremist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children – all three born in captivity …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

As Trump threatens North Korea, is U.S. practicing for war?

Does the ominous rhetoric from President Donald Trump and repeated flights by U.S. strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula mean Washington is readying for what many feel is unthinkable – …


U.S. long-term mortgage rates rise for second week, to 3.91 pct.

Long-term mortgage rates rose for a second straight week as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 3.91 percent, from 3.85 percent a week ago.


Turkey blames U.S. envoy for souring ties; won’t buy U.S. guns

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the United States is “sacrificing ties” by supporting its ambassador to Turkey in a diplomatic spat that resulted in the two countries …


Trump welcomes Trudeau to Washington with another NAFTA threat

President Donald Trump renewed his threat to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement just as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Washington on the eve of …


Iranian nuclear chief warns US: Don’t undermine nuclear deal

The head of Iran’s nuclear agency warned the United States on Tuesday against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington’s international standing would suffer …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Nate remnants drench Northeast; most power back on in South

Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

Turkey wants U.S. to review decision to halt visa services

Turkey’s justice minister on Monday said he hoped the United States would “review” its decision to suspend most visa services for Turkish citizens following the arrest of a U.S. consulate …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Both U.S.,Turkey announce travel restrictions, in sign of deteriorating alliance

The increasingly strained alliance between Turkey and the United States took a sharp downward turn on Sunday when both governments abruptly announced they were canceling most visitor visas between the …


Abe says Japan fully behind U.S. on pressuring North Korea

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Afghan president, U.S. general vow ambitious air war to defeat Taliban

With a just-delivered Black Hawk helicopter sitting on a military runway behind him, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, vowed Saturday that “a tidal …