World

 Merkel presses on with German gov't talks, length unclear
Merkel presses on with German gov't talks, length unclear

Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed ahead with efforts to form a new German government on Friday after a night of negotiations failed to resolve differences between the four parties involved. Participants suggested that they may need several more days.

Germany's Sept. 24 election left Merkel's two-party conservative bloc seeking a previously untried coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens. ...

November 17, 2017

 Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi brings hope to businessmen
Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi brings hope to businessmen

They hope it will help them win back what they lost over the years.

Many in the kingdom believe that billions of dollars that used to be wasted annually will now go into state coffers rather than the pockets of powerful individuals. Others hope that such a move would encourage people to invest in the kingdom without fear that they could lose everything if their work is manipulated by a well-connected person.

Since the first week...

November 17, 2017

 The Latest: Death toll in Greek floods rises to at least 14
The Latest: Death toll in Greek floods rises to at least 14

The Latest on flooding in Greece (all times local):

The death toll in flash flooding on the western fringes of the Greek capital has increased to 14, with the fire department recovering the body of a man near the small town of Mandra.

Rescue crews have been recovering bodies throughout the day Wednesday, with 12 — four women and eight men — found in or near Mandra. The bodies of two more men were picked up by the coast guard at ...

November 17, 2017

 German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers
German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

A German court ruled Thursday that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did.

The court said it didn't evaluate whether "this law make sense," but that the airline risked repercussions that were "not reasonable" for violating it, such as fines or prison time for employees.

An Israeli citizen sued the airline after he booked a flight ...

November 17, 2017

 The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe
The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe

The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):

The head of the African Union Commission is backing efforts by the Southern African Development Community to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

Moussa Faki Mahamat tells The Associated Press that the AU is working with the regional group. He says he believes a solution will be found that's within "constitutional legality."

The AU leader isn't saying expl...

November 17, 2017

 The Latest: Zimbabwe's Mugabe makes first public appearance
The Latest: Zimbabwe's Mugabe makes first public appearance

The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's first public appearance since a military takeover is at a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare.

Once on the podium, Mugabe joined the crowd in singing Zimbabwe's national anthem. He announced the opening of the graduation ceremony, and the crowd applauded.

Mugabe's presidential security detail was presen...

November 17, 2017

 World Anti-Doping Agency rules Russia is noncompliant with code
World Anti-Doping Agency rules Russia is noncompliant with code

At a meeting in South Korea’s capital on Thursday, WADA announced that it was unable to reinstate Russia’s national anti-doping agency, RUSADA, which was suspended after Russia was found to have run a massive state-sponsored coverup of doping by its athletes. Russia was subsequently partially barred from the Summer Olympics and entirely from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

WADA’s decision raises the prospect that Russia cou...

November 17, 2017

 Can France's Macron bring Lebanon back from the brink?
Can France's Macron bring Lebanon back from the brink?

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying on a new mantle: Mideast peacemaker. He's trying to defuse Lebanon's political crisis and preserve regional stability, by leveraging France's trade relations with rival players in the region and historical ties to its former protectorate.

It's a risky gambit, but Macron may be better placed than anyone right now to succeed.

Macron says he invited Hariri and his family for a few days and...

November 17, 2017

 More French women are reporting incidents of sexual misconduct
More French women are reporting incidents of sexual misconduct

Reports of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment in France rose 25 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago, a spokesman for the French interior ministry told ABC News.

In the wake of the #MeToo hashtag started by actress Alyssa Milano in the United States, French women invented a hashtag of their own to speak up about sexual harassment.

“In recent years in France, we have seen female journalists and polit...

November 17, 2017

 Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties
Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

Song Tao's official mission is to brief North Korean officials on the outcome of China's ruling Communist Party congress held last month. He is visiting as President Xi Jinping's special envoy, according to Chinese and North Korean state media, but no other details about his itinerary or whether he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been announced.

After arriving, Song met with Choe Ryong Hae, a vice chairman of the ru...

November 17, 2017

 Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid talks on departure
Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid talks on departure

The appearance came during an extraordinary series of negotiations with regional leaders over Mugabe's departure after 37 years in power.

Zimbabwe's military is taking pains to show respect for the 93-year-old leader, the world's oldest head of state, by referring to him as the president and the commander-in-chief. At the same time, it said Friday it was arresting and pursuing some people close to Mugabe and his wife.

Friday's g...

November 17, 2017

 Criticism of US sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake
Criticism of US sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake

The 2015 nuclear deal Tehran struck with world powers lifted some sanctions but others, dating back as far as the days after the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover, still stand, including those that prohibit about 1 million Iranian-Americans from directly sending cash to Iran.

The state-run IRNA news agency, as well as other media, published articles criticizing the rules.

"Despite all the difficulties, Iranians living in the U.S. are d...

November 17, 2017

 Australian police seize $186 million worth of cocaine on yacht
Australian police seize $186 million worth of cocaine on yacht

More than 1,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $186 million, were seized from a yacht in the state of New South Wales, Australian police said.

Investigators tracked the yacht as it traveled from the South Pacific bound for New South Wales. When it reached Lake Macquarie, in New South Wales, authorities boarded the vessel and arrested a 68-year-old man, police said.

A 47-year-old man was taken into custody at a hotel in ...

November 17, 2017

Robert Mugabe to be impeached THIS WEEKEND as Zimbabwe coup chiefs declare ‘no going back'
Robert Mugabe to be impeached THIS WEEKEND as Zimbabwe coup chiefs declare ‘no going back'

Party chiefs will meet today to draft a resolution laying the ground for the president, currently under house arrest, to be removed from office.

"If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it's impeachment on Tuesday.”

If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday

The fate of Mr Mugabe, who has ruled the country for 37 years, ha...

November 17, 2017

Donald Trump has China 'VERY WORRIED' about North Korea strike amid World War 3 scares
Donald Trump has China 'VERY WORRIED' about North Korea strike amid World War 3 scares

Mr Trump used his five-country tour of Asia to encourage leaders in the region to join him in pressuring North Korea into completely ditching its nuclear projects.

China, normally a close economic ally of North Korea, agreed to send an envoy to the hermit nation to encourage Kim Jong-un to end his nuclear ambitions.

I think China is very worried about the possibility of war in the Korean peninsula

While ...

November 17, 2017

Zimbabwe coup: 'It's an END GAME for Mugabe' Ageing despot on notice as vultures circle
Zimbabwe coup: 'It's an END GAME for Mugabe' Ageing despot on notice as vultures circle

Mugabe could be impeached this weekend if he refused to leave and leaders of the ruling Zanu-PF party will try to depose him. 

Tamuka Chirimambowa, an analyst, said that he thinks that Mugabe’s time is up as the leader. 

He said: “I think it is an end game for Robert Mugabe. But the question is how that end game is unfolding, what will come out at the moment is much more conjectural speculation or claims by di...

November 17, 2017

SHOCK Russia WARNING: Vladimir Putin plotting to 'rebuild Soviet Union' as tensions rise
SHOCK Russia WARNING: Vladimir Putin plotting to 'rebuild Soviet Union' as tensions rise

The warning comes after Theresa May accused Moscow of planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”.

Addressing business leaders in London, the Prime Minister said Russia could be a valuable partner of the West but only it if “plays by the rules”.

Mrs May added: “Russia has repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espi...

November 17, 2017

Zimbabwe news: Robert Mugabe EVADES house arrest to attend Zimbabwe university graduation
Zimbabwe news: Robert Mugabe EVADES house arrest to attend Zimbabwe university graduation

The unusual appearance is currently taking place at Zimbabwe Open University, where Robert Mugabe is Chancellor. 

Mugabe has been ordered to resign or face impeachment but this dire ultimatum has not stopped him visiting the university to congratulate graduates today.

A red carpet has been laid out at the ceremony, with security present to protect the 93-year-old. 

Wearing a blue and yellow academic gown and mortar ...

November 17, 2017

Corbyn ally says many businesses support McDonnell plans – but CAN'T name a single one
Corbyn ally says many businesses support McDonnell plans – but CAN'T name a single one

Ahead of next week’s 2017 Budget announcement, Mr McDonnell demanded an “emergency budget for our public services”, which he insisted are in crisis.

The shadow chancellor revealed he would target “the rich” and fund his extra spending by tax increases and tackling tax avoidance.

I won’t talk about the individuals concerned, these are confidential conversations

Mr Dowd said: ...

November 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s arrested princes ordered to pay BILLIONS for freedom after Riyadh crackdown
Saudi Arabia’s arrested princes ordered to pay BILLIONS for freedom after Riyadh crackdown

Under the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the government has detained hundreds of the country’s elite, including global business magnate Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. 

The long list of suspects include dozens of royal family members, ministers and business leaders.

They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain. 

Many of the detainees are b...

November 17, 2017