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Xi hails China's economic growth despite pandemic setback

BEIJING (AP) — China has made major progress in developing its economy and eradicating rural poverty over the past year despite the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a New Yea...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2020. There are four days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 2...

Iraqis panic as leaked budget draft signals devaluation

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leaked draft of Iraq's state budget sent Iraqis into a panic on Thursday as it confirmed the government's intentions to devalue the national currency, the Iraqi dinar, and cut salarie...

Saudi Arabia plans spending cuts to trim deficit amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia plans to cut more than 7% in spending next year, the finance ministry said, as the region’s biggest oil producer seeks to trim a gaping budget deficit a...

A pandemic atlas: Brazil's leader scoffs, and toll rises

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The story of COVID-19 in Brazil is the story of a president who insists the pandemic is no big deal. Jair Bolsonaro condemned the idea of coronavirus quarantine...

A pandemic atlas: Peru's death toll leaves a grieving nation

Each day at the height of the pandemic in Peru, Ronald Marín visited a crowded, dusty cemetery to offer final prayers for dozens of victims of COVID-19, their coffins wrapped in plastic like suitcases...

A pandemic atlas: No longer in viral denial, Iran struggles

At the start, Iranian officials downplayed COVID-19 — denying the mounting toll of infections, refusing to close mosques, making half-hearted gestures at locking down businesses. Tha...

Venezuelans wait for results from boycotted congress vote

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party was poised to gain control of the National Assembly, the country’s last major independent institution, in congressional ...

Voting opens in Venezuela assembly election amid boycott

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Polling places in Venezuela open Sunday to elect members of the National Assembly in a vote championed by President Nicolás Maduro but rejected as a fraud by the nation's mos...

Venezuela's Maduro seeks to tighten his grip via election

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With the political opponents of President Nicolás Maduro boycotting Sunday's election for the National Assembly, his socialist party is expected to dominate the vote, giving ...

Brazil’s economy grew 7.7% in Q3, but slower than expected

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s economy grew 7.7% in the third quarter of the year from the previous three months, the national statistics institute reported on Thursday — the strongest quarterly resul...

Business Highlights

___ This holiday season, everyone is shopping from home NEW YORK (AP) — The viral pandemic is accelerating a transformation of America’s holiday shopping season. Fe...

IMF: Greek debt sustainable despite pandemic-linked spike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Monday that Greece's huge public debt remains sustainable in the medium term despite “unprecedented uncertainty” to all sectors of the econom...

Venezuela's baseball season kicks off but virus takes a toll

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s storied baseball season kicked off Friday — and an economic crisis and global pandemic will make it one for the record books. Stadiums that have...

Pandemic pushes Peru's vital peasant farmers to the brink

PISAC, Peru (AP) — Under a punishing Andean sun, Nazario Quispe digs his plow into the soil where he is growing dozens of different potato varieties — uncertain when he will be able to afford the seed...