ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan’s … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

NEW YORK | Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

NEW YORK — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking. The findings, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia says it rejects last week’s U.S. Senate resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The statement from the kingdom is an unusually strong rebuke of the Senate. Saudi Arabia said the resolution “contained blatant interferences” … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom

TOKYO | Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal

TOKYO — Nissan’s board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. Monday’s meeting comes amid an unfolding scandal that threatens the Japanese automaker’s two-decade alliance with Renault SA of France and its global brand, as well as highlighting shoddy governance at the manufacturer … Continue reading TOKYO | Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s distorted reality in expanding probes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump keeps changing his story in the swirling investigations into Russia election interference and hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with him. He insists that payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign were “private transactions” and that any … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s distorted reality in expanding probes

WASHINGTON | Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

WASHINGTON — A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn’t that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. New York-based Cadre, in which Kushner still holds at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

BERLIN | Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

BERLIN— Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said Monday. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said the government had agreed to payments … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

TOKYO | Nissan to replace chairman arrested on financial charges

TOKYO — Nissan’s board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. Monday’s meeting comes amid an unfolding scandal that threatens the Japanese automaker’s two-decade alliance with Renault SA of France and its global brand, as well as highlighting shoddy governance. Ghosn and another … Continue reading TOKYO | Nissan to replace chairman arrested on financial charges