Top US diplomat heads to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

ISTANBUL — A Turkish forensics teams finished a search for evidence in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul early Tuesday morning over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as reports circulated that the kingdom may concede the killing took place there. Technicians in coveralls, gloves and covered shoes treated the consulate, where Khashoggi […]

Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia on Sunday threatened to retaliate for any sanctions imposed against it after President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves “severe punishment” if it is responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The warning from the world’s top oil exporter came after […]

Bavarian voters punish Merkel’s allies in state election

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament by a wide margin Sunday, according to projections from a regional election that could cause more turbulence in the national government. The Christian Social Union was on course to take just over 35 percent of the vote, down from […]

Pope makes El Salvador’s Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday praised two towering figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church as prophets who shunned wealth and looked out for the poor as he made saints of Pope Paul VI and martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Francis canonized two men at a Mass in St. Peter’s Square before some 70,000 […]

Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer’s slaying

ISTANBUL — Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported Saturday. The new claim published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have […]

US pastor released from house arrest, flown out of Turkey

IZMIR, Turkey — An American pastor flew out of Turkey on Friday after a Turkish court convicted him of terror links but freed him from house arrest, removing a major irritant in fraught ties between two NATO allies still strained by disagreements over Syria, Iran and a host of other issues. The court near the […]

Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead. As senators pushed for sanctions under a human rights law and […]

US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan, but the aborted mission dealt […]

US student detained in Israel over alleged boycott support

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state. The case highlights Israel’s concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. The grassroots […]

Brazil’s far-right candidate shocks with big lead

SAO PAULO — A far-right former army captain who expresses nostalgia for Brazil’s military dictatorship took a strong lead in its presidential election Sunday, rallying voters to his promises to rid Latin America’s largest nation of rampant corruption, crime and moral rot. With 92.5 percent of returns in, congressman Jair Bolsonaro was leading polls with […]