ISLAMABAD | Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move “unilateral and politically motivated.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added Pakistan to the U.S. list of “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs. … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms

NEW YORK | Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces possible jail sentence

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, a lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump, is set to learn Wednesday whether his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. Cohen, 52, is due to appear at 11 a.m. at a courthouse … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces possible jail sentence

NEW YORK | Winfrey praises Toni Morrison at Manhattan dinner gala

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey was in town to praise one of her idols, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Winfrey spoke Tuesday night at a dinner gala in downtown Manhattan for the Center for Fiction, which presented Morrison a lifetime achievement award. The 87-year-old author was unable to attend, but Winfrey ensured her presence was felt, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Winfrey praises Toni Morrison at Manhattan dinner gala

LAS VEGAS | Cubs’ Maddon studying ‘Managing Millennials for Dummies’

LAS VEGAS — Joe Maddon will be managing by the book next year, and the book is “Managing Millennials for Dummies.” The Chicago Cubs manager will head to spring training just after his 65th birthday, a generation or two removed from his players and entering the final season of his contract. “You always think this … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Cubs’ Maddon studying ‘Managing Millennials for Dummies’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with tampering with the final audit report into a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections. Najib was charged along with Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the former head of the … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal

STRASBOURG, France | Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12

STRASBOURG, France — A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market Tuesday, killing three people, wounding 12 and sparking a massive manhunt. France immediately raised its terror alert level. It was unclear if the market — a popular gathering place that was the … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12

LAS VEGAS | Callaway says it’s OK for Cano not to run out grounders

LAS VEGAS — Half a loaf is better than none for New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway when it comes to Robinson Cano. New York’s new second baseman has been criticized at times for not running hard to first base when he hits infield grounders. Callaway says the 36-year-old is just protecting his body in … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Callaway says it’s OK for Cano not to run out grounders

TOKYO | Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn’s co-accused

TOKYO— Lawyers for Greg Kelly, the executive arrested last month with Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn’s pay, are protesting his prolonged stay in Japanese detention. The Tokyo District Court says it received the protest Wednesday. Lawyers often file such protests in Japan, where suspects get detained for weeks, sometimes months, … Continue reading TOKYO | Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn’s co-accused