BERLIN | Merkel’s Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s often-awkward Bavarian ally says he wants his party to draw consequences from its poor state election performance before Christmas, but is being coy about his own future. Horst Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union, the sister to Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, and is also her interior minister. The … Continue reading BERLIN | Merkel’s Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election

Chinese bishops invite pope to visit as they return home

VATICAN CITY— Two Chinese bishops who participated in a Vatican gathering say they have invited Pope Francis to visit China in another sign of improved relations since a landmark agreement was signed over bishop nominations. Bishops Guo Jincai and Yang Xiaoting returned to China this week after becoming the first Chinese bishops to attend a … Continue reading Chinese bishops invite pope to visit as they return home

PARIS | French hostage in Yemen freed after more than 4 months

PARIS— France’s president has announced the release of a French citizen held in hostage in Yemen for more than four months. President Emmanuel Macron has congratulated all those who contributed to Alain Goma‘s release. Goma will be back in France soon. Macron said Tuesday that he’s grateful to Oman’s sultan and authorities for their “decisive” … Continue reading PARIS | French hostage in Yemen freed after more than 4 months

ISTANBUL | Pompeo meets Saudi king, prince on Khashoggi’s disappearance

ISTANBUL— America’s top diplomat met on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the disappearance and alleged slaying at the kingdom’s hands of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiled and shook hands with both men, who warmly greeted … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Pompeo meets Saudi king, prince on Khashoggi’s disappearance

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Florida families still seek people missing in the hurricane

PANAMA CITY, Fla.  — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael‘s devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Florida families still seek people missing in the hurricane

BELGRADE, Serbia | China wants to further boost ties in Central, East Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia — An official says China wants to further boost cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe where it is already financing infrastructure and other projects as part of a wider bid to increase global influence. Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng spoke Tuesday at a meeting with officials from 16 countries from the region that focused … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | China wants to further boost ties in Central, East Europe

CAIRO | EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

CAIRO — Egyptian officials say EgyptAir has removed the latest edition of its in-flight magazine over a contentious article it published, purportedly based on an interview with American actress Drew Barrymore. They say the carrier had agreed with its publisher, Al-Ahram advertising agency, to stop printing more copies of the October issue of the magazine, … Continue reading CAIRO | EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to ‘Play Ball’ amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela  — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven’t missed an opening day game together. This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to ‘Play Ball’ amid crisis