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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference after Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK, in Brussels, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)
August 21, 2020 - 6:50 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain remained deadlocked Friday in their talks on trade ties after Brexit, with EU negotiator Michel Barnier saying that any chance of a deal seemed to be slipping away. “Too often this week it felt as if we were going backwards more than forward given the...
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This screenshot released by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) shows West African leaders participating by video conference call in the Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on the Socio-Political Situation in Mali Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Across Africa and around the world, leaders have strongly condemned this week's coup in Mali, calling for an immediate return to civilian rule and the release of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his prime minister, Boubou Cisse. (ECOWAS via AP)
August 20, 2020 - 10:47 am
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Allies of Mali's ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita called Thursday on the junta to release him, two days after he was forced to resign in a military coup that has sparked international condemnation. The 75-year-old Keita and his prime minister were being held outside the...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a person looks inside the closed doors of the Pasadena Community Job Center in Pasadena, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. President Donald Trump’s plan to offer a stripped-down boost in unemployment benefits to millions of Americans amid the coronavirus outbreak has thus far found little traction among the states, which would be required to pick up a quarter of the cost to deliver the maximum benefit. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
August 20, 2020 - 8:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus recession struck swiftly and violently. Now, with the economy still in the grip of the pandemic five months later, the recovery looks fitful and uneven — and painfully slow. The latest evidence came Thursday with the government's report that the number of workers...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee removes his mask as he begins a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee was one of the first states to begin reopening in late April after Lee reluctantly issued a safer-at-home order that forced businesses to close. Since then, case numbers have continued to rise in part due to more testing, but also because of an increase in community spread of the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
August 20, 2020 - 7:57 am
ATLANTA (AP) — New guidance from President Donald Trump's administration that declares teachers to be “critical infrastructure workers” could give the green light to exempting teachers from quarantine requirements after being exposed to COVID-19 and instead send them back into the classroom...
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Belarusian opposition supporters hold flowers and flash victory signs during a protest in Victory Square in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Demonstrators are taking to the streets of the Belarusian capital and other cities, keeping up their push for the resignation of the nation's authoritarian leader. President Alexander Lukashenko has extended his 26-year rule in a vote the opposition saw as rigged. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
August 20, 2020 - 5:23 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Thursday opened a criminal probe against opposition activists who set up a council to negotiate the transition of power amid massive protests challenging the extension of the 26-year rule of the country's authoritarian leader in a vote the opposition...
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Belarusian opposition supporters gather for a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, with a Soviet era sculptures in the foreground. Workers at more state-controlled companies and factories took part in the strike that began the day before and has encompassed several truck and tractor factories, a huge potash factory that accounts for a fifth of the world's potash fertilizer output and is the nation's top cash earner, state television and the country's most prominent theater. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
August 20, 2020 - 4:52 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In a new challenge to Belarus' authoritarian ruler, hundreds of employees of state television have gone on strike amid a rising tide of protests, calling for his resignation after a vote the opposition saw as rigged. The journalists' action this week has shaken the government'...
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Protesters gather in front of the Minsk Tractor Works Plant to support workers leaving the plant after their work shift in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko repeatedly rejected demands to step down and bristled at the idea of talks with the opposition, denouncing the coordination council on Tuesday as a "an attempt to seize power" in the country. Nevertheless, the council is set to convene for the first time Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
August 19, 2020 - 10:51 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader threatened Wednesday to take tough new steps against demonstrators challenging the extension of his 26-year rule and accused the West of fomenting unrest as he sought to consolidate his grip on power amid widening protests. President Alexander...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 23, 2020 file photo European Council President Charles Michel addresses European lawmakers at the European Parliament in Brussels. European Union leaders are putting on a show of support Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020 for people protesting in Belarus. Emergency talks will aim to highlight their concern about the contested presidential election and ratchet up pressure on officials linked to the security crackdown that followed. The EU believes that the results of the Aug. 9 polls, which handed President Alexander Lukashenko his sixth term with 80% of the vote, "have been falsified," and the 27-nation bloc is preparing a list of Belarus officials who could be blacklisted from Europe over their roles. (Francois Walschaerts, Pool Photo via AP, File)
August 19, 2020 - 3:45 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders put on a show of support Wednesday for people protesting in Belarus. At an emergency teleconference they underlined their concern about the contested presidential election and ratchet up pressure on officials linked to the security crackdown that followed. The...
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This screen grab provided by Maxwell Pearce shows Pearce on a YouTube video posted on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Pearce, a Black member of the Harlem Globetrotters, says two white news anchors threw fruit, including a banana, at him while he was performing basketball tricks on an Alabama news show earlier in the year. (Courtesy of Maxwell Pearce via AP)
August 18, 2020 - 11:10 pm
A Black member of the Harlem Globetrotters said two white news anchors threw fruits, including a banana, at him while he was performing basketball tricks on an Alabama news show earlier this year. Maxwell Pearce spoke about the matter Saturday on social media, a day after WBRC-TV aired a show that...
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Workers of the Minsk Tractor Works Plant leave the plant after their work shift as activists with old Belarusian national flags greet them in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Workers in Belarus are joining a growing strike, turning up pressure on the country's authoritarian leader to step down after winning an election they say was rigged. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
August 18, 2020 - 12:20 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — More workers in Belarus joined a widening strike Tuesday to press for the resignation of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has extended his 26-year rule in an election the opposition says was rigged. Lukashenko has refused to step down following a harsh police...
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