Catalan officials mull date for independence declaration

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's regional government is mulling when to declare the region's independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum that has triggered Spain's most serious national crisis in decades. Some lawmakers say that will happen Monday.

  • Written by By ARITZ PARRA and CIARAN GILES , Associated Press

Trump budget chiefs says no bailout for Puerto Rico debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's budget director says Puerto Rico shouldn't expect a federal bailout of its debt — even after President Donald Trump spoke of the need to "wipe out" that red ink as part of the island's recovery after Hurricane Maria.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

Pentagon says Trump's Afghan troop boost to cost $1 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military's top leaders told lawmakers Tuesday that the thousands of additional U.S. troops President Donald Trump has ordered to Afghanistan will cost just over $1 billion a year, bringing the total bill for fighting America's longest war to $12.5 billion annually.


  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

UN: More should have been done to fight cholera in Yemen


GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year.

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  • Written by By JAMEY KEATEN , Associated Press