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U.S. workers’ productivity jumps 3 percent in third quarter

U.S. workers’ productivity jumped 3 percent in the third quarter, the strongest gain in three years, while labor costs remained moderate.


United States votes against U.N. resolution condemning U.S. embargo on Cuba

The United States voted against a U.N. resolution condemning America’s economic embargo against Cuba on Wednesday, reversing last year’s abstention by the Obama administration and reflecting worsening U.S.-Cuban relations.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Trump admin to defend Cuba embargo at U.N., reversing Obama

The Trump administration will defend America’s decades-old economic embargo on Cuba in a United Nations vote this week, the State Department said Tuesday, in a reversal from the Obama administration …


U.N. environment chief: U.S. likely to live up to Paris accord

The head of the U.N. environment program said Tuesday the United States is likely to live up to the Paris climate deal despite President Donald Trump’s planned pullout, because “all …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

U.S. captures key Benghazi militant

U.S. special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks, officials said Monday, in a high-stakes operation designed to bring the …


Cuba announces new immigration policies to boost ex-pat ties

Cuba’s foreign minister on Saturday announced changes to the island’s immigration policies, seeking to strengthen ties with the 800,000 Cubans living outside the country amid strained relations with Washington following …


U.S. economy grew at 3 percent rate in July-September quarter

The U.S. economy, bolstered by business investment, grew at a solid annual rate of 3 percent in the third quarter. It marks the first time in three years that growth …


U.S. 30-year mortgage rates rise to 3.94 percent

The costs of borrowing to buy a home increased slightly this week, but U.S. mortgage rates are still near relative lows.


New screenings begin for passengers on U.S.-bound flights

New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting …


Kaspersky: We uploaded U.S. documents but quickly deleted them

Sometime in 2014, a group of analysts walked into the office of Eugene Kaspersky, the ebullient founder of Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, to deliver some sobering news. Kaspersky’s anti-virus …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Review to confirm Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that “ethnic cleansing” is occurring against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the …


U.S. general: Many questions remain about Niger attack

The U.S. special forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn’t call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general says, …


U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah will not target banks: Banker

New U.S. sanctions against the militant Hezbollah group expected to be released in the near future are not likely to affect the country’s banking sector that is the backbone of …


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 …