NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: S&P 500 sinks to lowest level since April

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks ended the week with a steep loss on Wall Street as the S&P 500 dropped to its lowest level since April. The benchmark index is now down almost 3 percent for the year. New concerns about slowing growth in … Continue reading NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: S&P 500 sinks to lowest level since April

PARIS | Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

PARIS  — French President Emanuel Macron called Friday for calm as authorities prepared to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of security forces for a possible fifth-straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris. The “yellow vest” movement, which began its demonstrations Nov. 17 initially to protest an increase in fuel taxes, soon morphed … Continue reading PARIS | Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

WASHINGTON | Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China’s policies

WASHINGTON — By detaining two Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its harshest critics say it is: one unbound by the laws, rules and procedures that govern other major industrial nations. Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese technology executive at the request of the United States has set … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China’s policies

LANSING, Mich | Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

LANSING, Mich  — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful. To prevent minimum wage and earned sick time initiatives from going to voters last month, GOP … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: Stocks drop on China concerns, J&J sinks

NEW YORK— The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 2:42 p.m. Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street on new concerns about slowing growth in China’s economic engine and disarray surrounding plans for Britain to exit the European Union. Johnson & Johnson plunged 10 percent in heavy trading Friday after Reuters reported … Continue reading NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: Stocks drop on China concerns, J&J sinks

KIEV, Ukraine | Israeli ambassador bemoans glorification of Ukrainian leader

KIEV, Ukraine — The Israeli ambassador to Ukraine has sharply criticized local legislators’ move to honor a Ukrainian nationalist leader. Ambassador Joel Lion said on Facebook that he was “shocked’ to see the regional legislature in Lviv in western Ukraine declare 2019 “the year of Stepan Bandera” to mark the 110th anniversary of his birth. … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Israeli ambassador bemoans glorification of Ukrainian leader

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s El Nacional publishes last print edition

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s last nationally circulated, anti-government newspaper has published its final print edition. The front page of El Nacional on Friday led with an article quoting the paper’s president and CEO Miguel Otero. Otero said the paper was “a warrior and will continue to fight.” He also said journalists would work “for independent … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s El Nacional publishes last print edition