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Official: Offensive against Taliban kills at least 20

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says an assault on Taliban positions in northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, which included U.S .air strikes, killed at least 20 insurgents, contradicting Taliban...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: UK's May rejects suggestion she quit over Brexit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2:35 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has brushed off a question about quitting over the Brexit impasse. She said...
Dec. 14, 2018

US retail sales rose scant 0.2% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices. The Commerce Department said Friday...
Dec. 14, 2018

UK Prime Minister May rejects suggestion of quitting over Brexit impasse, says there's still a job to be done

BRUSSELS (AP) — UK Prime Minister May rejects suggestion of quitting over Brexit impasse, says there's still a job to be done.
Dec. 14, 2018

US retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November; holiday shopping gains offset by lower gasoline prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — US retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November; holiday shopping gains offset by lower gasoline prices.
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: Britain's May says Parliament needs more from EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2:25 p.m. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says she welcomes EU assurances on her Brexit deal, but says Parliament needs...
Dec. 14, 2018

World markets fall on Chinese growth concerns

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets slipped Friday after China reported weaker-than-expected economic data, stirring up worries about the state of the world's second largest economy. European indexes were also...
Dec. 14, 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes EU assurances on her Brexit deal, but says Parliament needs more

BRUSSELS (AP) — UK Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes EU assurances on her Brexit deal, but says Parliament needs more.
Dec. 14, 2018

Thai Islamic leaders tighten rules on child marriage

BANGKOK (AP) — Islam's guiding council in Thailand has introduced new regulations requiring that marriages with children under age 17 be approved by a religious committee. The action follows an...
Dec. 14, 2018

Germany: Cologne hostage-taking wasn't terror incident

BERLIN (AP) — German federal prosecutors have handed off the investigation of an October hostage-taking in Cologne after failing to find evidence of an Islamic extremist motive. Federal prosecutors, who...
Dec. 14, 2018

EU leaders call for steps to tackle election disinformation

BRUSSELS (AP) — With European Union elections closing in, EU leaders are calling for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation. EU leaders said Friday that the threat "is...
Dec. 14, 2018

Sheriff: Woman dies after South Carolina deputy shooting

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A woman has died after a shooting involving a South Carolina sheriff's deputy, but the sheriff says investigators don't know whether she killed herself. Spartanburg County...
Dec. 14, 2018

AP Explains: Sri Lanka crisis persists despite court ruling

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has declared President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament unconstitutional. Sirisena's opponents and rule-of-law activists hailed the unanimous ruling, but it...
Dec. 14, 2018

Carnival announces roller coaster on new cruise ship

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Cruise Line plans to launch the first cruise ship with a roller coaster on board. Carnival announced Thursday that BOLT will circle the top of a...
Dec. 14, 2018

Malta institutions under scrutiny after journalists' murder

MILAN (AP) — Council of Europe legal experts say the Mediterranean island nation of Malta needs better checks and balances, with the prime minister's powers currently eclipsing other institutions. The...
Dec. 14, 2018

Autopsy set for migrant girl, 7, who died in border custody

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who suffered seizures in custody and later died...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: Macron to visit Strasbourg after suspect's death

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on France attack aftermath and death of suspect (all times local): 1:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron will head to Strasbourg on Friday evening,...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: Serbia calls new Kosovo army illegal

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo's vote to create an army (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Serbia says it considers Kosovo's new army an "illegal, occupational armed formation"...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: US-China trade spat having role in climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Costa Rica's environment minister says the trade spat between the United States and China...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: Former prime minister calls for 2nd Brexit vote

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has pressed calls for a second referendum on Brexit. Blair on Friday...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: EU regrets Kosovo move to form army

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo's vote to create an army (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The European Union's foreign policy chief has expressed regret over Kosovo's move...
Dec. 14, 2018

UN inquiry urged into Central African Republic massacre

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International is urging the United Nations to investigate a massacre last month in Central African Republic in which the rights group says at least 70 civilians...
Dec. 14, 2018

4 high school students arrested over wrestling team hazing

ELMER, N.J. (AP) — Four New Jersey high school students have been arrested in connection with a hazing incident involving the school wrestling team. Investigators say they are accused of...
Dec. 14, 2018

The Latest: British leader seeks out Juncker before summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The morning after European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker criticized Britain for sometimes being "nebulous and imprecise," Prime Minister...
Dec. 14, 2018

China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts

BEIJING (AP) — China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle...
Dec. 14, 2018

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