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A woman holds up an hourglass during a protest in front of the Italian Health Ministry during the launch of a 'Fertility Day' campaign, in Rome, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Italy's efforts to combat infertility and reverse one of Europe's lowest birthrates have stumbled with an ad campaign denounced as sexist, racist and ignorant of the economic reasons why Italians aren't having babies. Earlier ads were criticized as sexist for featuring a woman holding an hourglass with the words "Beauty doesn't have an age. Fertility does." Writing on poster in the background reads "Yes kindergartens and jobs!" (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)

Italy campaign to combat infertility stumbles with racist ad

Italy's efforts to combat infertility and reverse one of Europe's lowest birthrates stumbled badly Thursday following an ad campaign denounced as sexist, racist and ignorant of the economic reasons why Italians aren't having babies. Italy on Thursday celebrated its first-ever "Fertility Day," promoted by the Health Ministry to prevent infertility ...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Turkish central bank cuts a key rate to boost ailing economy

Turkey's central bank cut a key interest rate for the seventh month in a row on Thursday as it tries to shore up an economy that has been shaken this year by a series of bombings and an attempted coup. The bank said it had cut its overnight marginal funding ...

Global stocks rise after Fed holds off interest rate hike

Global stocks rallied Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve held off raising its key interest rate and the Japanese central bank committed to stimulus until it sees a sustained rise in inflation. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 rose 2 percent to 4,498 and Germany's DAX added 1.9 percent to 10,636. ...

UK central bank warns of financial risks in wake of Brexit

A Bank of England panel says Britain faces a challenging period of adjustment following the vote to leave the European Union, as uncertainty about the country's relationship with the bloc reinforces some financial risks. The Financial Policy Committee said Thursday there continues to be a risk that foreigners will reduce ...

Report: Trump proposals would add $5.3 trillion to debt

A new analysis from a nonpartisan group finds that Donald Trump's latest tax proposals would increase the federal debt by $5.3 trillion over the next decade, compared with $200 billion if Hillary Clinton's ideas were enacted. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget looked at Trump's newly revised tax plan ...

Police stand in formation in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters in an overnight demonstration that broke out Tuesday after Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by an officer at an apartment complex. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

The Latest: Protesters trying to stop cars on interstate

The latest on police shooting and protests in Charlotte, North Carolina (all times local): 12 a.m. Groups of protesters are trying to stop cars driving on the downtown highway loop around Charlotte. Footage from TV station helicopters showed about three dozen people on Interstate 277 trying to stop cars late ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with Steve Staub, right, president of Staub Manufacturing Solutions and his sister, Sandy Keplinger, vice president, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Ty Greenlees /Dayton Daily News via AP, Pool)

Analysis: Trump proposals would add $5.3 trillion to debt

A new analysis from a nonpartisan group finds that Donald Trump's latest tax proposals would increase the federal debt by $5.3 trillion over the next decade, compared with $200 billion if Hillary Clinton's ideas were enacted. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget looked at Trump's newly revised tax plan ...

FILE - This Monday, July 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for Wall Street carved into the side of a building in New York. World stocks rose Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, after Japan's central bank rejiggered its stimulus policies to have a greater influence over long-term interest rates and as investors looked ahead to the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Asian stocks rise after Fed leaves US rates unchanged

Asian stocks rose Thursday after the U.S. and Japanese central banks left interest rates unchanged. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1.4 percent to 24,007.40 points and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.7 percent to 3,046.49. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Seoul's Kospi added 0.9 percent ...

United States Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a ceremony to mark more signatories to the Paris climate accords at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: PM: UN peace fund gets half $300 million needed

The Latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local): 11 p.m. A U.N. fund to help prevent countries from returning to war and stay on the path to peace has received $151 million in pledges — just half of the $300 million it sought for the next ...

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a news conference on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Washington. The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Fed keeps key rate unchanged but hints of coming hike

The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end. The Fed said in a statement ending its latest policy meeting Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up. But it ...

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Washington. The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Yellen: Fed will monitor banks, controls

The latest on the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting, which ended at 2 p.m. with the release of a policy statement, followed by a news conference by Chair Janet Yellen (all times are Eastern): ___ 3:15 p.m. Fed Chair Janet Yellen says Fed officials have been "distressed" to see ...

President Barack Obama walks off stage after speaking at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum at The Plaza Hotel in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama promotes trade, investment between US and Africa

Promoting trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged even greater engagement with a continent he characterized as "on the move" after overcoming some stiff economic headwinds. Obama said progress in Africa is also important to security and prosperity around the world. "The broader ...

FILE - In this Dec 3, 2014 file photo, Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament has dismissed the finance minister after a no-confidence vote linked to allegations of corruption and mismanagement. The removal of Zebari, a former foreign minister and prominent Kurdish politician who has denied any wrongdoing, comes as Iraq is grappling with an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and the costs of battling the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iraq's finance minister dismissed amid economic crisis

Iraq's parliament dismissed the finance minister after a no-confidence vote on Wednesday, a move that risks further upsetting the country's already precarious economic situation. Hoshyar Zebari, a former foreign minister and prominent Kurdish politician, was ousted after weeks of political wrangling over corruption allegations and accusations of misuse of funds. ...

Egypt eases fungus ban on wheat imports after seller outrage

Egypt has lifted a ban on even trace amounts of fungus in its wheat imports, after sellers enraged by Cairo's demands boycotted tenders, threatening the supply of the world's largest importer of the grain. Wednesday's announcement by the Cabinet reinstates rules allowing imported wheat cargoes to contain up to 0.05 ...

FILE - In this April 14, 2016, file photo, union organizers, students, and supporters for a $15 an hour wage march through the Oakland section Pittsburgh. Modest income growth for most Americans, strikes by fast-food workers, and the rapid growth of low-paying jobs at the same time middle-income work shrinks have combined to make the minimum wage a top economic issue for the 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

WHY IT MATTERS: Minimum wage

THE ISSUE: Modest income growth for most Americans, strikes by fast-food workers, and the rapid growth of low-paying jobs at the same time middle-income work shrinks have combined to make the minimum wage a top economic issue for the 2016 campaign. Millions could benefit: Raising the federal minimum wage from ...

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