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Friday 11/22/2019
Asylum-seekers in Arizona to be bused to Texas, then Mexico
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:31 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Asylum-seekers who cross the border through Arizona are now being bused by immigration authorities to Texas, where they can be sent to Mexico to await their U.S. immigration court hearings.

The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t expect to be impeached
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local):

Mystery grows over Trump administration hold on Lebanon aid
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Woman charged in boyfriend's suicide pleads not guilty
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 1:15 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston College student pleaded not guilty Friday in her first court appearance on charges that she encouraged her boyfriend to take his own life in what prosecutors described as a toxic and abusive relationship.

US stocks edge higher, but S&P 500 on track for weekly loss
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Stock indexes edged higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Friday as a week dominated by the progress in U.S.-China trade talks — or lack thereof — comes to a close.

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

Stainless steel, broken glass and buzz, Tesla makes a pickup
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 12:31 pm

The much-hyped unveiling of Tesla’s electric pickup truck went off script Thursday night when supposedly unbreakable window glass splintered twice when hit with a large metal ball.

Trump insists on Ukraine theory, despite testimony
Posted: November 22, 2019 - 11:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promoted a theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, a day after a former White House adviser called it, in her opinion, a “fictional narrative” and said it played into Russia’s hands.

RISE Announces Agenda for National Summit on Social Determinants of Health and Virtual Attendance Option
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 11:32 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - November 22, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 11:01 am

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana.

As impeachment swirls, Trump nods toward Pompeo Senate run
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:31 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door for the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to leave his post to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Talk about a Senate run has picked up as Pompeo has come under criticism for not defending U.S. diplomats who have testified in the Trump impeachment inquiry, but it is still unclear whether he will run.

AG Barr: Epstein’s death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 9:47 am

ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups.”

Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:03 am

NEW YORK (AP) — From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays.

The Trump impeachment hearings highlight immigrants’ stories
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 9:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Leading white Democrats court black votes; some find trouble
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:03 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display.

SGS Academy's Digital Portfolio Includes Courses in Management System Standards, Quality, Food Safety, Human Rights and More
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 8:30 am

GENEVA - November 22, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 8:16 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Advent, to some Christians, is the four Sundays before Christmas. More generally, the variation of the Latin word for “coming” marks the season to prepare for the holiday.

Analysis: Lots of impeachment evidence but one thing missing
Posted: November 22, 2019 - 7:09 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of riveting public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, there is a mountain of evidence that is now beyond dispute.

Quid pro quo, domestic errands: Takeaways from impeachment
Posted: November 22, 2019 - 5:27 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a foreign country to investigate a political rival as he enters his reelection campaign. That has been established almost beyond doubt. But Republicans and Democrats agree on little else as they engage in on only the fourth impeachment inquiry in the nation's history.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 5:32 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Former White House aide Hill is no-nonsense Russia analyst
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 3:33 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy. On Thursday, House impeachment investigators got straight talk from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense former White House national security adviser who was alarmed by what she saw unfolding around her.

Thursday 11/21/2019
Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses
Posted: November 21, 2019 - 11:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House official said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand" seeking investigations of Democrats, stunning testimony that dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment inquiry.

How GM ended up suing its crosstown rival
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 11:05 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers sue each other on occasion, but no one in Detroit can remember one accusing another of bribing union officials to get an unfair labor cost advantage.

Asian shares mostly higher despite US-China trade anxiety
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 10:47 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Stocks logged modest gains Friday in Asia after a lackluster overnight session on Wall Street ended with the market’s third straight drop.

Lawsuit: Church pressured victims into unfair settlements
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 9:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Two impoverished Mississippi men who say they were sexually assaulted by Franciscan missionaries filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that Catholic officials pressured them into signing settlements that paid them little money and required them to remain silent about the alleged abuse.

Baltimore ex-mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 7:02 pm

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city.

Teen used ‘ghost gun’ in California high school shooting
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 7:01 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 16-year-old boy who fatally shot two fellow students and wounded three others last week at a Southern California high school used an unregistered, untraceable “ghost gun,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday.

AP OPINION: Trump, GOP claims on Ukraine corruption
Posted: November 21, 2019 - 5:52 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies pressed a defense Thursday that he acted appropriately in withholding military aid to Ukraine out of concern over the country’s corruption and claimed the House impeachment hearings amounted to a rogue process.

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts.

WeWork cuts nearly 20% of workforce in restructuring effort
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 5:17 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork is slashing nearly 20% of its workforce, embarking on a painful restructuring of its money-losing operation that doomed its stock market debut and left the office-sharing company on the brink of bankruptcy.

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘domestic political errand’
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation between President Donald Trump and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

Breakthrough Gene Therapy Clinical Trial is the World's First That Aims to Reverse 20 Years of Aging in Humans
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 4:31 pm

MANHATTAN, Kan. - November 21, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 4:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread.

Farm Journal's Trust in Food™ Announces Sanderson Farms as New Partner in America's Conservation Ag Movement
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 4:15 pm

LENEXA, Kan. - November 21, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

The Latest: Impeachment hearings wrap up for the week
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 4:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local):

Optum360 Rated #1 Revenue Cycle Solutions for Sixth Year: Best in Coding, RCM Tech & Outsourcing Services, Black Book Survey
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 3:30 pm

TAMPA, Fla. - November 21, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her 9-year-old son to his after-school program, she balked at the idea of putting him in a car with a stranger. But faced with the unrelenting pressure of driving him where he needed to go in the middle of her workday, she decided to give it a try.

EPA prosecutions of polluters approach quarter-century lows
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 1:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics.

The Latest: Former Baltimore mayor enters guilty pleas
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 1:01 pm

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the fraud and tax evasion case against disgraced former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (all times local):

Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low.

Protesters decry Bosnia’s ‘systemic’ abuse of disabled kids
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:04 pm

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Around 1,000 people protested outside a government building in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo after an opposition lawmaker published shocking photos of special needs children tied to beds and radiators in a nearby government facility.

Raise a Glass to the Arrival of Georges Duboeuf's 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 10:46 am

NAPA, Calif. - November 21, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

New images of Mr. Rogers’ ‘Neighborhood’ on eve of new film
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 10:46 am

From 1984 through 2000, I had the privilege of spending countless hours documenting a very special neighbor, Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Takeaways from the 5th Democratic 2020 presidential debate
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 10:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate.

‘On whose authority?’: What to watch in impeachment hearings
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 9:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — They owned the White House’s policy on Ukraine.

Across Mister Rogers’ actual neighborhoods, his faith echoes
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 9:18 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love.

Police: Students fine after head-on crash of school bus, SUV
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:31 am

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy driving an SUV collided head-on with a school bus carrying two middle school students in an Atlanta suburb.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:01 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

The Latest: Buttigieg takes hits on issue of his experience
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 7:30 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 5:16 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year.

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Friday 11/22/2019
Netanyahu’s woes mirror those of his ally Trump
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 1:47 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — He was accused of using his high office to advance his personal political interests. He derided the investigation as a “witch hunt” fueled by “fake news” — an “attempted coup.” He counted on his right-wing base, his hand-picked attorney general and his media savvy to weather the crisis.

Israel braces for bitter fight after Netanyahu indictment
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 12:01 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel’s already deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies, Israeli commentators said Friday.

China’s Xi says Beijing wants trade deal, can ‘fight back’
Posted: November 22, 2019 - 10:53 am

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping said Friday that Beijing wants to work for a trade deal with the United States but is not afraid to “fight back” to protect its own interests.

Isolated Iceland newly vulnerable to computer scams
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 11:00 am

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — "Hi, I hope you are not busy?"

In a first, IBM’s computer debater faces off against itself
Posted: November 22, 2019 - 10:41 am

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — The chamber hushed as the debate got underway at the Cambridge Union and the teams launched into their carefully crafted opening statements.

Iran internet slowly revives; US sanctions telecom minister
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:31 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the outage.

AG Barr: Epstein’s death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 9:47 am

ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups.”

Parallel national day rallies by Lebanon protesters, leaders
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:02 am

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s protesters and top politicians held competing Independence Day celebrations Friday, reflecting the deepening rift that has beset the country grappling with its worst political and economic crises in decades.

Pope urges Thais young and old to practice faith with joy
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:02 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis ministered to Thailand’s tiny Catholic community Friday, urging Thais young and old to practice their faith with joy and with “a Thai face and flesh” in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country.

French women demand action amid high domestic violence rate
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 9:48 am

LES MUREAUX, France (AP) — Sylvia. Dalila. Aminata. Céline. Julie. Their names are plastered on buildings and headlines across France, calling attention to their shared fate: Each was killed, allegedly by a current or former partner this year.

UK treasure hunters jailed for stealing Viking-era hoard
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 9:48 am

LONDON (AP) — Two amateur British treasure-hunters were sentenced Friday to long prison terms for stealing a hoard of 1,100-year-old Anglo-Saxon coins and jewelry valued at millions of pounds (dollars).

Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 12:01 pm

MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage.

AP OPINION: Leaders’ questionable claims in U.K. election
Posted: November 22, 2019 - 7:58 am

LONDON (AP) — Claims of ruinous spending sprees and twisted truths are flying in during campaigning for Britain’s Dec. 12 election, in which all 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. The main parties are touting ambitious spending plans while warning of the alleged economic damage that would be wrought by their rivals.

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 8:15 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The parents of a former U.S. hostage who died after being released from North Korea in a coma in 2017 say they are committed to finding and shutting down illicit North Korean business assets around the world in efforts to hold its government accountable for widespread human rights abuses.

Hong Kong court reinstates mask ban ahead of elections
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 9:32 am

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court that had struck down a ban on face masks at protests said Friday that the government could enforce it for one week, as police readied for any unrest during keenly contested elections this weekend.

Hong Kong election a referendum on anti-government protests
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 7:16 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Cathy Yau remembers the first time she was called a “dirty cop” by Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters, days after police deployed tear gas to repel tens of thousands of black-clad demonstrators blocking the legislature.

World shares advance on upbeat comments on US-China trade
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 5:45 am

BEIJING (AP) — World stocks rose Friday as upbeat comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping helped quell anxiety over the state of trade talks with the U.S.

Pope’s cousin takes star turn in Thailand as papal whisperer
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 5:00 am

BANGKOK (AP) — She made him wait for her while she chatted with Thailand’s king and queen. She chided him for only visiting Bangkok and not the “real Thailand.” And she got a chuckle out of “Jorge” when she took her time translating his off-the-cuff Spanish for local priests and nuns to understand.

Man found guilty of murdering British tourist in New Zealand
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 1:16 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane.

Baghdad tunnel becomes a museum for Iraq’s protest movement
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 12:46 am

BAGHDAD (AP) — The images are both haunting and inspiring, transforming a once dreary, grim underpass into a vivid, colorful wall of art.

Thursday 11/21/2019
Asian shares mostly higher despite US-China trade anxiety
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 10:47 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Stocks logged modest gains Friday in Asia after a lackluster overnight session on Wall Street ended with the market’s third straight drop.

The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu rejects indictment
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:09 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli political developments (all times local):

Iraqi officials: 8 protesters dead in day of violent clashes
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:47 pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — Eight people died and at least 90 were wounded on Thursday in renewed clashes in central Baghdad, in the most violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in recent days, Iraqi officials said.

Korean peninsula troubles pose US security challenge
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:00 pm

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper is returning from Asia with the U.S. still facing a trio of troubles on the Korean peninsula that pose risks to the national security of the U.S. and one of its most important alliances in the region.

1st Honduran returned to Guatemala under US asylum accord
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:47 pm

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States has begun carrying out a landmark policy shift on asylum that’s a top priority of President Donald Trump, returning a Honduran immigrant to Guatemala to pursue his asylum case.

Israel’s Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:47 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday in a series of corruption cases, throwing Israel’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening his 10-year grip on power. He rejected calls to resign, angrily accusing prosecutors of staging “an attempted coup.”

Mexico’s murder rate up, official warns of ‘narcoterrorism’
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 2:46 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s murder rate inched up 2% in the first 10 months of the year, but the latest violence has included much more brazen challenges to authorities.

In Ukraine’s bleak east, US aid saves lives, raises morale
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:04 pm

AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — U.S.-made medical equipment, night-vision devices and counter-mortar radar makes a difference for Ukrainian troops fighting Kremlin-backed separatists on the front line of the standoff between Russia and the West. Sometimes, it’s the difference between life and death.

Protesters decry Bosnia’s ‘systemic’ abuse of disabled kids
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:04 pm

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Around 1,000 people protested outside a government building in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo after an opposition lawmaker published shocking photos of special needs children tied to beds and radiators in a nearby government facility.

The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 11:03 am

PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France.

More protesters leave Hong Kong campus ahead of weekend poll
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 10:03 am

HONG KONG (AP) — More than 20 protesters inside a Hong Kong university campus surrendered to police on Thursday as the city’s largest pro-Beijing political party urged voters to “kick out the black force” in upcoming elections seen as a key gauge of public support for anti-government demonstrations.

US names service members killed in Afghanistan chopper crash
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 9:02 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been identified.

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:45 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry.

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:16 am

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.”

Victims’ lawyer: Prince Andrew must talk to US prosecutors
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:16 am

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein say Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately, after the senior British royal withdrew from public duties over what he called his “ill-judged association” with the convicted pedophile.

Chinese state media deny torture of ex-UK consulate staff
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 8:01 am

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party’s newspaper published surveillance videos Thursday which it said prove the guilt and voluntary confession of a former British Consulate employee in Hong Kong who was detained for 15 days on a charge of soliciting prostitution.

Global shares drop on renewed US-China trade worries
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 6:02 am

BEIJING (AP) — World shares dropped Thursday as anxiety mounted over the possibility the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year.

Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English — but where’s the French?
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 5:01 am

TOKYO (AP) — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Fear, turmoil in Lebanon as its financial crisis worsens
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:47 am

BEIRUT (AP) — On one of Beirut’s main commercial streets, store owners are cutting salaries by half or considering shutting down. Shops advertise sales, but still can’t draw in customers. The only place doing a thriving business: the store that sells safes, as Lebanese increasingly stash their cash at home.

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Asian shares skid on renewed US-China trade worries
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 11:05 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Shares skidded Thursday in Asia after moderate declines on Wall Street as anxious mounted over the possibility the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year.

Hong Kong holdout protester: No surrender, no regrets
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 10:17 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Pale and thin, a teenager wandered the nearly deserted campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. He wrapped his arms around his body — although it was unclear whether it was to ward off the cold or to reassure himself.

Suu Kyi to lead Myanmar team contesting genocide court case
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 8:30 pm

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar said Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head the legal team contesting a genocide case filed against it in the International Court of Justice over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims two years ago that set off their exodus to Bangladesh.

Amid turmoil, Prince Andrew to step back from royal duties
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 6:47 pm

LONDON (AP) — Following days of turmoil that have damaged the British royal family’s reputation, Prince Andrew announced Wednesday that he will step back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” because of his association with a notorious American sex offender.

Mexican El Paso mass shooting victims, families sue Walmart
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 4:45 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Representatives of families and victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, have filed a lawsuit against the store chain.

Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 2:32 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year.

Thunberg, Cameroon peace activist receive children’s award
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 1:32 pm

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Greta Thunberg, a young activist who has gone from staging school strikes to scolding world leaders about their climate change inaction, was awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on Wednesday, along with Cameroon peace campaigner Divina Maloum.

Malta arrests exec, apparently linked to journalist slaying
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 1:32 pm

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese authorities arrested a prominent businessman Wednesday who appears to be a “person of interest” in the assassination of a prominent investigative reporter on the Mediterranean island.

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 1:02 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police.

Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 12:30 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As a cold rain fell on a suburb of Iran’s capital on Wednesday, women swallowed by black chadors and men in green military-style jackets walked alongside the flag-draped coffin of a Revolutionary Guard member, one of over 100 people reported to be killed in protests across the country.

The Latest: Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 12:30 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli politics (all times local):

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