• WikiLeaks' Assange sues in Ecuador for better asylum terms: lawyer
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    WikiLeaks' Assange sues in Ecuador for better asylum terms: lawyer

    Ecuador this month created the new protocol governing his stay at the embassy. Lawyer Baltasar Garzon told a press conference in Quito that the rules were drawn up without consulting the Australian national, who has sued Foreign Minister Jose Valencia in a Quito court to have them changed. Assange

  • Next summit for Trump, North Korea's Kim likely after first of year: senior U.S. official
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    Next summit for Trump, North Korea's Kim likely after first of year: senior U.S. official

    The next summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to happen early next year, a senior administration official said on Friday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday he hopes to meet his North Korean counterpart soon to lay the groundwork

  • Reuters

    Anti-money-laundering body gives Iran until February to complete reforms

    The international group that monitors money-laundering worldwide said on Friday Iran had until February to complete reforms that would bring it into line with global norms or face consequences. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force said after a meeting of its members that it was disappointed that

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Brazil's election: What's at stake?

    Congressman Jair Bolsonaro had an unexpectedly strong showing in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election earlier this month. How did a veteran politician cast himself as the outsider who could save the country? The Social Liberal Party candidate has made a name for himself by praising the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    US businesses begin to increase services for deaf people

    Tax preparer Joshua Beal knows well the challenges that a communications barrier can present when it comes to understanding tax policy and the Internal Revenue Service. Add in the extra challenge of being deaf, and overcoming those barriers can seem insurmountable. “We have many deaf clients who are

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Risk of a new civil war? Today 'us and them' differs from 1850s

    Recommended: Neutral no more: Can the Supreme Court survive an era of extreme partisanship? Powerful new communication networks that spread news of all this throughout the United States. Is this a staccato description of the state of America today?

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    After charity sex-abuse scandal in Liberia, a storm of anger, guilt, and grief

    When Katie Meyler opened the tuition-free “More Than Me” school for girls in a smart green and white house in the center of Liberia’s capital in 2013, it seemed to many both here and abroad a perfect match. “More Than Me is designed specifically to help young women choose the lives they wish to lead

  • Reuters

    Exclusive: U.S. weighs new warship passage through Taiwan Strait

    The U.S. Navy conducted a similar mission in the strait's international waters in July and any repeat would be seen in self-ruled Taiwan as a fresh expression of support by President Donald Trump's government. The U.S. military declined comment and U.S. officials who discussed the deliberations

  • IS releases six of 27 Druze hostages held in southern Syria: monitor
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    IS releases six of 27 Druze hostages held in southern Syria: monitor

    The Islamic State group has released six of 27 Druze hostages it seized during a deadly July attack in Syria's Sweida province in exchange for a prisoner swap and ransom, a monitor said Saturday. "Two women and four children from the province of Sweida were released last night," Rami Abdel

  • Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead
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    Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two days after Jamal Khashoggi vanished into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post published a column featuring his byline and the headline "A missing voice." The space below it was blank.

  • Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, Trump says Saudi account credible
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    Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, Trump says Saudi account credible

    Saudi Arabia's acknowledgement that Khashoggi died in the consulate came after two weeks of denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance, and followed growing demands from Western allies for an explanation of what happened. Saudi state media said King Salman had ordered the dismissal

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 4:01 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said

  • Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury
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    Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

    TOKYO (AP) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

  • 'We are hungry!" Migrants wail at Mexico-Guatemala border
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    'We are hungry!" Migrants wail at Mexico-Guatemala border

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — A standoff between thousands of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States and Mexican police has stretched through the night with some migrants hanging from the closed border gate wailing "there are children here" while others slept on the bridge

  • Tarasova-Morozov win Skate America pairs short program
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    Tarasova-Morozov win Skate America pairs short program

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia won the pairs short program by a wide margin Friday night at Skate America.

  • Moody's downgrades Italy credit rating on debt, deficit concerns
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    Moody's downgrades Italy credit rating on debt, deficit concerns

    Moody's has cut Italy's credit rating by a notch over concerns about plans for larger deficits and the high public debt load as the country's populist government clashes with Brussels over its budget. The European Commission formally warned Italy late Thursday that its budget plans for 2019

  • Reuters

    Vietnam dissident 'Mother Mushroom' describes prison hunger strikes

    Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a 39-year-old blogger and environmental activist who adopted Mother Mushroom as a pen name, said she believed Vietnam timed her release to coincide with the visit this week of U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. A representative for the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington did not

  • Saudi Arabia admits critic Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate
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    Saudi Arabia admits critic Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

    Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a "brawl" inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US lawmakers. The kingdom announced the arrest of 18 Saudis in connection with

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:40 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said

  • Afghan parliamentary polls underway despite threats
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    Afghan parliamentary polls underway despite threats

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Afghan forces fanned out across the country as voting began Saturday in parliamentary elections that followed a campaign marred by relentless violence.

  • Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program
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    Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Japan's defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia.

  • Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death a 'good first step'
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    Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death a 'good first step'

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response.

  • Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case
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    Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • A look at Afghanistan's parliamentary elections
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    A look at Afghanistan's parliamentary elections

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces.

  • Afghans vote amid chaos, corruption and Taliban threats
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    Afghans vote amid chaos, corruption and Taliban threats

    Afghans began voting on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organization, allegations of corruption and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar. The United Nations, which has been supporting the process, has urged Afghans