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Renault keeps Ghosn as CEO despite arrest in Japan

France's Renault says it has decided to keep its CEO Carlos Ghosn on despite his arrest in Japan on allegations that he misused assets of partner Nissan Motor Co. and misreported his income. Renault's board of directors announced late Tuesday that the No. 2 at the company, Thierry Bollore, would temporarily fill in for Ghosn. The French automaker said it would further consolidate its alliance with...
Seoul will dissolve Japan-funded sexual slavery foundation

Seoul will dissolve Japan-funded sexual slavery foundation

South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The widely expected decision effectively kills a controversial 2015 agreement to settle a decades-long impasse over the sexual slavery issue and threatens to aggravate a bitter diplomatic feud between the Asian U.S. allies over...
Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups, bottles and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic-polluting countries. Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park found the rotting carcass of the 9.5-meter (31-foot) sperm...
Caravan migrants weigh options after court blocks Trump ban

Caravan migrants weigh options after court blocks Trump ban

Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a California court blocked President Donald Trump's asylum ban for illegal border crossers. Many said they have no intention of breaking the law, but were feeling pressure after anti-migrant protests in this Mexican border city and claims by Trump and the Tijuana mayor that the caravan...
US sounds word of caution on expansion of Korea ties

US sounds word of caution on expansion of Korea ties

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the U.S. has "made clear" to South Korea that progress on disarming North Korea should not lag behind the expansion of relations between the two Koreas. Pompeo said there's "complete agreement" between Washington and Seoul on this, but his comments to reporters underscore U.S. anxiety over a potential disconnect with its close ally. Pompeo...
US sounds word of caution on expansion of Korea ties

US sounds word of caution on expansion of Korea ties

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the U.S. has "made clear" to South Korea that progress on disarming North Korea should not lag behind the expansion of relations between the two Koreas. Pompeo said there's "complete agreement" between Washington and Seoul on this, but his comments to reporters underscore U.S. anxiety over a potential disconnect with its close ally. Pompeo...
The Latest: US opposes Russian nominee to head Interpol

The Latest: US opposes Russian nominee to head Interpol

The Latest on the Interpol general assembly and leadership election (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The White House says the U.S. is opposing the Russian nominee to lead the international police organization Interpol, citing Russian "abuses." National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis says the U.S. "strongly endorses" Interpol's current interim president, South Korea's Kim...
The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi

The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi

The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have written to the president demanding that his administration "make a determination" about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing Jamal Khashoggi. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn...
The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi

The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi

The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have written to the president demanding that his administration "make a determination" about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing Jamal Khashoggi. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn...
The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi

The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi

The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have written to the president demanding that his administration "make a determination" about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing Jamal Khashoggi. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn...

US sanctions firms in Iran, Russia for shipping oil to Syria

The Treasury Department on Tuesday added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria in violation of sanctions. The network helps fuel the Syrian war effort of President Bashar Assad while providing revenue for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in announcing the sanctions...

US sanctions firms in Iran, Russia for shipping oil to Syria

The Treasury Department on Tuesday added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria in violation of sanctions. The network helps fuel the Syrian war effort of President Bashar Assad while providing revenue for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in announcing the sanctions...
Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

Israel said Tuesday it would slap high taxes on vacation rental company Airbnb and encourage legal steps against the site over its decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements. The threats of sanctions ramp up Israel's fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country's treatment of the Palestinians. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign, also known as BDS, has...
Amnesty says Saudi activists beaten, tortured in detention

Amnesty says Saudi activists beaten, tortured in detention

Several activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May, including a number of women who campaigned for the right to drive, have been beaten and tortured during interrogation, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia has detained at least 10 women and seven men on vague national security allegations related to their human rights work. Those detained include Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan...

Pope to meet with young inmates, AIDS patients in Panama

The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church's big youth rally, and says he'll also spend time there with juvenile delinquents and people suffering from AIDS. History's first Latin American pope will be making his first visit to Central America, though he has been to Mexico, Cuba and several countries in South America. The Jan. 23-28 trip includes...

Poland latest country to withdraw from global migration pact

The Polish government said Tuesday that it will not support a global compact seeking international cooperation on migration, citing national sovereignty as it joins countries including Hungary, Austria and the United States in rejecting it. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which won't be legally binding, was finalized under U.N. auspices in July. It is due to be formally...

Tutu awards prize to US school shooting survivors

A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that "children can move the world" and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements. The Nobel...

US: 2 airstrikes killed 37 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

The U.S. military says it killed a total of 37 Islamic extremists in two airstrikes in Somalia. U.S. Africa Command, which carries out counterterrorism missions in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa, said in a statement Tuesday that both airstrikes were conducted on Monday. It said 27 members of the al-Shabab extremist group were killed in the first strike and 10 in the second. It said it believes no...
Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Another 83 people were wounded in the attack, with 20 of them in critical condition and the toll likely to rise, Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said. The suicide bomber was able to sneak into a wedding...
Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Another 83 people were wounded in the attack, with 20 of them in critical condition and the toll likely to rise, Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said. The suicide bomber was able to sneak into a wedding...
South African president praises German investment

South African president praises German investment

South Africa's president says Germany is an important economic partner which he hopes will expand its investment here. President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking Tuesday in Cape Town to mark the end of the three-day state visit of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Ramaphosa said Germany is South Africa's third-largest global trading partner and one of the country's largest foreign investors. He...
Macron urges dialogue amid protests, defends gas tax hikes

Macron urges dialogue amid protests, defends gas tax hikes

France's embattled President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday defended fuel tax hikes that have prompted nationwide protests, but called for "dialogue" to calm tensions. In his first comments about the protests since more than a quarter million French drivers blocked roads Saturday, Macron acknowledged that it's "normal" that people are expressing frustration. He said he's trying to...
Italian officials: Migrant rescuers mishandled medical waste

Italian officials: Migrant rescuers mishandled medical waste

Italian prosecutors have ordered the seizure of a migrant rescue ship and accused the aid group Doctors Without Borders of illegally disposing of 24 metric tons (26.5 tons) of medical and contaminated waste accumulated during nearly 50 rescues. Prosecutors in Catania, Sicily said Tuesday that 24 people were under investigation, including the aid group's Italy personnel and the crew of the Aquarius...
Acquitted Christian woman wants to leave Pakistan for West

Acquitted Christian woman wants to leave Pakistan for West

A Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges after eight years on death row in Pakistan wants to leave her homeland for any Western country willing to issue visas for her and her family, her lawyer said Tuesday. Saiful Malook told reporters in Frankfurt that the failure of any country to offer to take them is why Aasia Bibi and her family haven't already left Pakistan. In fact, several...
Russian challenge to chemical weapons watchdog rejected

Russian challenge to chemical weapons watchdog rejected

The global chemical weapons watchdog's initiative to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks survived two institutional challenges from Russia on Tuesday and is set to become operational next year. The U.S. and other Western powers at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons staved off a challenge by Russia and China to a June decision to set up an investigative team...
Kosovo's bid to join Interpol fails, in victory for Serbia

Kosovo's bid to join Interpol fails, in victory for Serbia

Kosovo failed in its bid to join Interpol on Tuesday in a vote held during the international law enforcement organization's annual general assembly in Dubai, dealing a blow to the country's efforts to boost recognition of its statehood. If it had been approved, Kosovo would have been able to request "red notices" from Interpol for the arrest of Serbian officials or figures that authorities...
Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West

Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West

Interpol is facing a pivotal — some say possibly fatal — moment in its history as members decide whether to hand its presidency to a man who represents Vladimir Putin's Russia. Kremlin critics fear they could soon face arrest wherever they go. Western governments worry that Russia could use the post to undermine the rule of law. Interpol, which elects a new president Wednesday , has weathered...
May gets rebellion reprieve, but faces warning from allies

May gets rebellion reprieve, but faces warning from allies

British Prime Minister Theresa May got a reprieve in one of her Brexit battles Tuesday as party rebels said they did not yet have the strength for a leadership challenge. But she faced a new headache as parliamentary allies warned they could remove support from May's minority government if she does not alter her divorce deal with the European Union. Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party struck...
Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

A Chinese university's plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population's tolerance for surveillance and raising the prospect that tactics used on Muslim minorities may be creeping into the rest of the country. The Guilin University of Electronic Technology is reconsidering a search of cellphones, computers, external...
Seoul: North Korea destroys 10 guard posts to lower tensions

Seoul: North Korea destroys 10 guard posts to lower tensions

North Korea on Tuesday blew up some of its front-line guard posts as part of an agreement to ease tensions along its heavily fortified border with South Korea, Seoul's Defense Ministry said. In September, the Koreas' militaries agreed at a leaders' summit in Pyongyang to eventually dismantle all guard posts inside the 248-kilometer (155-mile) -long, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) -wide border. They later...
Landslide derails commuter train near Barcelona, killing 1

Landslide derails commuter train near Barcelona, killing 1

A commuter train traveling toward Barcelona was derailed by a landslide on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring dozens, Spanish authorities said. The regional civil protection agency said that two train cars of a convoy of six came off the tracks at 6.15 a.m. local (0515 GMT) near Vacarisses, some 45 kilometers northwest of Barcelona. Firefighters and emergency workers evacuated 131 commuters...
Attacker shot after stabbing policeman in Brussels

Attacker shot after stabbing policeman in Brussels

An assailant was shot by police after he stabbed and injured a policeman in a pre-dawn attack on Tuesday in Brussels' historic center. The prosecutor's office is investigating whether the attack was linked to any terror group and charged the suspect with "attempted murder in a terrorist context." The suspect is a Belgian national and known to police for a series of robberies. Four years...
US judge stalls enforcement of Trump asylum restrictions

US judge stalls enforcement of Trump asylum restrictions

A judge has ordered the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration's efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without congressional approval. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar agreed Monday with legal groups that immediately sued after President Donald Trump issued a Nov. 9 proclamation saying...
Xi: Talks on pact to avoid sea clashes could end in 3 years

Xi: Talks on pact to avoid sea clashes could end in 3 years

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday negotiations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to prevent clashes in the disputed South China Sea could be concluded in three years and promised that any differences will be dealt with peacefully. Xi made the assurances after holding talks with President Rodrigo Duterte and other officials on a visit to the Philippines aimed...
Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Disgruntled police, military and prison guards stormed Papua New Guinea's Parliament on Tuesday in a violent pay dispute stemming from an international summit hosted by the impoverished South Pacific island nation over the weekend, a lawmaker said. Images posted by opposition lawmaker Bryan Kramer on social media showed broken windows, smashed furniture, pictures torn from walls and plants tipped...
Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. In the tropical forest of El Yunque, only two of the 56 wild birds that once lived there survived the Category 4 storm that pummeled the...
Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future

Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future

For years, France's Renault and Japan's Nissan struggled to make money in the global auto business. Then came Carlos Ghosn, a Renault executive who helped to orchestrate an unprecedented transcontinental alliance, combining parts of both companies to share engineering and technology costs. Now Ghosn's arrest in Japan for alleged financial improprieties at Nissan could put the nearly 20-year-old alliance...
Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future

Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future

For years, France's Renault and Japan's Nissan struggled to make money in the global auto business. Then came Carlos Ghosn, a Renault executive who helped to orchestrate an unprecedented transcontinental alliance, combining parts of both companies to share engineering and technology costs. Now Ghosn's arrest in Japan for alleged financial improprieties at Nissan could put the nearly 20-year-old alliance...
Renault board: Ghosn to remain CEO while detained in Japan

Renault board: Ghosn to remain CEO while detained in Japan

Carlos Ghosn will remain chairman and CEO of Renault despite being detained in Japan on allegations he misused assets of partner Nissan Motor Co. and under-reported millions of dollars in income. The French carmaker's board of directors announced its decision after an emergency meeting in Paris on Tuesday. The board, however, said it was appointing the automaker's No. 2 executive, Chief Operating...
Communities flee eruption at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

Communities flee eruption at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala's Volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year. Guatemala's volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300-foot (3,763-meter) high mountain shook homes with "constant sounds similar to a train locomotive." Incandescent material burst...

US charges Venezuelan tycoon tied to government for bribery

U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment against a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government on Monday, accusing him of paying $159 million in bribes to top officials in exchange for lucrative foreign currency deals and then hiding the proceeds in luxury Manhattan and Florida real estate. It was unclear why the three-month old charges against Raul Gorrin for money...
Witness says bloodshed and bribery rampant under 'El Chapo'

Witness says bloodshed and bribery rampant under 'El Chapo'

Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, armed with a diamond-encrusted pistol, relied on rampant bloodshed and bribery to protect his multibillion-dollar drug smuggling operation and his hold on power, a former lieutenant for his cartel testified on Monday at his Guzman's U.S. trial. During his third day on the stand as a government witness, Jesus Zambada told the jury that...
AP cameraman shot during Gaza protest

AP cameraman shot during Gaza protest

An Associated Press cameraman was shot and wounded Monday while covering a demonstration in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses and medical officials said. Rashed Rashid, 47, was hit in the leg during a weekly protest next to the Israeli border. Doctors said he suffered multiple bone fractures above the ankle and would need surgery. Witnesses said he was about 600 meters (1,969 feet) from the fence...
Taiwanese student accused of school threat to be deported

Taiwanese student accused of school threat to be deported

A Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening to "shoot up" his high school near Philadelphia was spared additional time in prison at his sentencing Monday, but he will be deported and barred from returning to the U.S. A federal judge Monday after nearly two hours of testimony sentenced An-Tso Sun also known as "Edward" to time served and deportation. The judge did not impose...
Kremlin critic, facing new charge, sounds alarm on Interpol

Kremlin critic, facing new charge, sounds alarm on Interpol

Russian prosecutors announced new criminal charges against U.S.-born Kremlin foe Bill Browder on Monday, days before a Russian police officer could become president of Interpol in a move that some Moscow critics fear might politicize the law enforcement agency. Browder and other opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin have complained that Russia has tried to use Interpol against them. If a Russian...
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