• Pope’s Asian agenda: Atomic bombs, martyrs, family reunion
    by YURI KAGEYAMA and NICOLE WINFIELD on November 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of life is also on Francis’ to-do […]

  • Iraq anti-government protesters block roads amid strike call
    by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA on November 17, 2019 at 10:16 am

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze to close off roads, keeping […]

  • Pope decries that “greed of a few” worsens poverty of others
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 10:04 am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is decrying that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor. Francis celebrated a Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide. He lamented that people aren’t worried that income “gaps are increasing, that the greed of […]

  • AP Photos: Violence engulfs Hong Kong university campus
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 10:01 am

    HONG KONG (AP) — Bows and arrows, rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, blue dye fired from water cannons, and tear gas engulfing Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University were the defining images Sunday as anti-government protests entered their sixth month. A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow and hospitalized as authorities used […]

  • Merkel party leader: No overhaul of German coalition deal
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 9:49 am

    BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is rejecting calls for an overhaul of the accord underpinning Merkel’s often-fractious coalition government. Merkel’s center-right Union bloc leads an alliance with the center-left Social Democrats. Halfway through the parliamentary term, the Social Democrats are choosing a new leadership and are expected to decide […]

  • UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a train wreck
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 9:16 am

    LONDON (AP) — British media have slammed Prince Andrew’s effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a woman who says she was trafficked as a teenager by Jeffrey Epstein, branding the interview a public relations disaster. In a rare interview with BBC Newsnight broadcast Saturday, Andrew categorically denied having sex with the woman, […]

  • How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill to $0
    by Jim Tankersley, PETER EAVIS and BEN CASSELMAN on November 17, 2019 at 9:00 am

    WASHINGTON — In the 2017 fiscal year, FedEx owed more than $1.5 billion in taxes. The next year, it owed nothing. What changed was the Trump administration’s tax cut — for which the company had lobbied hard. The public face of its lobbying effort, which included a tax proposal of its own, was FedEx’s founder […]

  • Egypt says 9 killed in road accident in southern province
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 8:57 am

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police say nine people were killed when a minibus collided with a small truck on a highway in the southern province of Sohag. A police statement says the accident took place late on Saturday and that along with the nine killed, nine others were injured. Sohag is located 390 kilometers, or […]

  • Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 8:56 am

    LONDON (AP) — A senior Labour party official says leaks from a report on Russian interference in British politics raises serious questions about the security of next month’s election. The Sunday Times says the report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference may have affected Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum, though the impact was “unquantifiable.” […]

  • Dubai Airshow opens as big Gulf airlines slow down purchases
    by The Associated Press on November 17, 2019 at 8:50 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The biennial Dubai Airshow has opened as major Gulf airlines rein back big-ticket purchases after a staggering $140 billion in new orders were announced at the 2013 show before global oil prices collapsed. The airshow, which runs from Sunday until Thursday, draws major commercial and military firms from around […]