• Police: Town officer didn’t called woman ‘half breed’
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 10:07 am

    CARY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say no town officer was responsible for calling a mixed-race woman “half breed” during a traffic stop. Cary Police Chief Tony Godwin said in a release Friday that after speaking to the motorist and reviewing Computer Aided Dispatch narratives, video, and Automated Vehicle Locator records, police concluded […]

  • African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative
    by ELAINE GAINLEY on December 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

    PARIS (AP) — The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing the especially vulnerable directly to Europe has arrived in France. An Interior Ministry official said the 19 Sudanese, including 11 children, were taken from a camp in Chad. They were heading to a convent Monday in eastern France after their […]

  • Trump to unveil ‘America First’ national security strategy
    by JONATHAN LEMIRE and HOPE YEN on December 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated the United States’ foreign policy since the Cold War. The Republican president, who […]

  • IMF sees steady growth for Iran but economic reforms needed
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The International Monterrey Fund is predicting a steady growth in Iran’s economy but cautions it still faces a number of challenges, including the need to reduce government debt and red tape. The IMF says growth is expected to top 4 percent in the coming fiscal year while other Mideast oil exporters […]

  • Overnight fire kills 12 snack shop workers in India
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian media reports say an overnight fire in Mumbai has killed 12 workers sleeping at a small shop that made and sold fried snacks. The Press Trust of India news agency quoted a local disaster official as saying that the blaze broke out around 4:25 a.m. The official said the victims […]

  • Catalan economy feels the pinch amid bid to split from Spain
    by BARRY HATTON on December 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Jittery businessmen in Catalonia, spooked by signs the recent tumult over the region’s latest bid to secede from Spain is hurting the local economy, have put their investment plans on ice as they brace for the Catalan parliamentary election on Thursday. Catalan retail sales and tourist arrivals are falling and unemployment […]

  • China hails Spain court’s approval of Taiwanese extradition
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

    BEIJING (AP) — China says it welcomes a Spanish court’s decision to grant Beijing’s request for the extradition of 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a decision that has drawn criticism from Taiwan, a self-ruled island. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing Monday that Beijing appreciated Spain’s firm support of […]

  • Turkish prosecutors request bail for German journalist
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Media reports in Turkey say prosecutors are requesting that a German journalist who was arrested in Turkey be released from jail pending the outcome of her trial on terror-related charges. Evrensel newspaper said prosecutors requested that Mesale Tolu be freed on bail during a hearing Monday. The 33-year-old is being tried together […]

  • Myanmar government says it authorized journalists’ arrest
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 9:32 am

    BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s presidential spokesman says the president authorized the arrest last week of two Reuters reporters for allegedly violating the state secrets act. Spokesman Zaw Htay said Monday that President Htin Kyaw, a longtime confidant of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, approved the arrest of the journalists, adding that “the case […]

  • DeVos to give commencement speech at University of Baltimore
    by The Associated Press on December 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to stop in Baltimore to deliver a commencement address at a public university. In recent weeks, some University of Baltimore students have protested the choice of DeVos as their fall commencement speaker. They argue that DeVos shouldn’t be invited to speak on a public […]