US softening position on Israeli settlements in West Bank

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. Pompeo repudiated a 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied […]

Three people killed in Oklahoma Walmart shooting

DUNCAN, Oklahoma — Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday morning outside a Walmart store in southwestern Oklahoma, police said. Two victims were shot inside a car and the third was in the parking lot outside the store in Duncan, Police Chief Danny Ford said. It was unclear if the shooter was among […]

Pelosi invites Trump to testify as new witnesses prepare

WASHINGTON — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly. Pushing back against accusations from the Republican president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome […]

UK leader Johnson faces questions about ties to US woman

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced new questions Monday about his relationship with an American businesswoman who allegedly received favors and public funds while Johnson was the mayor of London. Johnson’s major speech to U.K. business leaders Monday ahead of Britain’s Dec. 12 general election was overshadowed by tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, who […]

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

HONG KONG — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been the focus of the […]

Hong Kong police launch operation to flush out protesters

HONG KONG — Police launched a late-night operation Sunday to try to flush about 200 protesters out of a university campus on a day of clashes in which an officer was hit in the leg with an arrow and massive barrages of tear gas and water cannons were fired. Riot police began moving in on […]

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity. With his focus on bipartisan, state-specific issues, the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party […]

Trump emissary ties president closer to Ukraine pressure

WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation,” a […]

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

PHILADELPHIA — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won’t cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big […]

Bolivian interim leader meets UN envoy amid violence fears

SACABA, Bolivia — Bolivia’s interim president met with a U.N. envoy to discuss the country’s crisis Saturday, a day after security forces fired on supporters of former President Evo Morales in a clash that killed eight people and raised fears that violence could escalate. On leaving the meeting with interim leader Jeanine Áñez, U.N. envoy […]

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