Belarus strongman president faces strong election challenge

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusians are voting on whether to grant their authoritarian president a sixth term in office, following a campaign marked by unusually strong demonstrations by opposition supp...

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — After 26 consecutive years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is confronting something unfamiliar as he tries to win a sixth term: circumstances beyond his control. ...

Canada says it will impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s deputy prime minister said Friday that the country plans to impose $3.6 billion Canadian (US$2.69 billion) tariffs on U.S. imports in response to President Donald Trump saying ...

Iran indifferent to Trump envoy's quitting amid embargo push

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry on Friday expressed indifference to the change in the Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran, alleging that the new U.S. official in the post would be no...

Belarusian leader's virus swagger fuels anger ahead of vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As Kseniya Milya's grandfather lay dying of COVID-19 at a hospital in Belarus' capital of Minsk, the country's authoritarian leader was blithely dismissing the pandemic as “psych...

Turkish lira keeps sliding, hits historic lows amid pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Turkey's currency tumbled further Friday, hitting record lows two days in a row. The Turkish lira dropped to a historic low of 7.3677 against the dollar before recoveri...

The Latest: French exports down 21.5% as pandemic bites

PARIS — New foreign trade figures released by France for the first half of 2020 reveal the economic devastation the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked on the eurozone’s second economy. ...

China sentences 3rd Canadian to death on drug charges

China has sentenced a third Canadian citizen to death on drug charges amid a steep decline in relations between the two countries. The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court announced Xu Weihong&rs...

China's July exports rise despite coronavirus, US tariff war

BEIJING (AP) — China's exports rose 7.5% in July over a year earlier in a positive sign for its economy's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Sales to the United States rose 12.5...

Germany: Trade and production surges after coronavirus

Germany's output and exports jumped in June, amid signs that Europe's economy is rebounding from the historic downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis. Monthly output in Germany increased by...

China's July exports spike an unexpected 7.2%

China's economy appears to be recovering from the pandemic-induced slowdown, reporting an on-year rise in exports of 7.2% in July on Friday. The increase confounded market analysts' expectati...

Trump targets Canada, re-imposing tariffs on aluminum

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pa...

Economy tanking, Cuba launches some long-delayed reforms

HAVANA (AP) — With its airports closed to commercial flights and its economy tanking, Cuba has launched the first in a series of long-promised reforms meant to bolster the country's struggling private...

Turkish currency hits all-time law amid market jitters

LONDON (AP) — Turkey’s currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Thursday as the global recession created by the pandemic brings to the fore weaknesses in the country's economy. ...

Canadian citizen sentenced to death in China on drug charge

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on charges of manufacturing the drug ketamine amid heightened tension between the two countries. The Guangzhou Municip...