Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for Preside...

Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people. ...

Jerry Jones tries everything, but Cowboys can't get it right

Jerry Jones tried ripping the coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys after the first loss in the current three-game skid, then took the gentle approach following the second. The team's...

Mercosur leaders concerned about trade bloc’s future

SAO PAULO (AP) — Leaders of the South American trade bloc Mercosur say they’re concerned for the future of the initiative that includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Presi...

Egyptian government seeks to do away with popular tuk-tuks

CAIRO (AP) — Motorized rickshaws known as tuk-tuks have ruled the streets of Cairo’s slums for the past two decades, squeezing through dusty alleys, dodging trash bins and fruit stands, blaring rhythm...

China accuses UN rights chief of inflaming Hong Kong unrest

China accused the U.N. high commissioner for human rights of emboldening "radical violence" in Hong Kong by suggesting the city's leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessiv...

Alaska governor marks 1st year in office amid turmoil

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he hopes to move past the rancor of his first year in office, amid an unsettled dispute with lawmakers over state spending and threat of a recall e...

Shorter shopping season means a more intense scramble

NEW YORK (AP) — The mad scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas just got six days shorter. Black Friday once again kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season. But with si...

Bolivian senator: Evo Morales fell due to betrayals, errors

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Evo Morales fell from power in Bolivia due to betrayals by those he trusted and his own mistakes and because some people “got drunk with power," the president of the country’s S...

Republicans turn on novice whom they helped win Kansas seat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are going after one of their own in Kansas. Some Republicans who helped a political novice squeak to victory in 2018 and hold an eastern Kansas seat i...

China sets tougher guidelines to protect patents, copyrights

BEIJING (AP) — China issued new, tougher guidelines for protection of patents, copyrights and other intellectual property in a move that may be timed to help along halting progress in trade talk...

Analysis: Hong Kong election shows desire for change

HONG KONG (AP) — The people of Hong Kong have said in no uncertain terms that they want change. The question is whether they will get it — or a return to the violent protests that have plagued the cit...

Hong Kong campus drama persists as city gears for elections

A small but determined group of protesters remained holed up Thursday inside a Hong Kong university campus as the city’s largest pro-Beijing political party urged voters to “kick out the b...

Lawsuit: NY prisoners punished over false drug results

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New York state prisoners were wrongly subjected to sometimes harsh punishments after drug tests erroneously showed that they had used narcotics while incarcerated, accordin...

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TOP STORIES: OLY--TOKYO-WHERE'S THE FRENCH TOKYO — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. By Stephe...