WASHINGTON | Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

WASHINGTON  — Michael Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. The former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers have suggested … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

VATICAN CITY | Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis says political speeches that harangue migrants and the poor are “unacceptable.” Francis issued his annual peace message, which was dedicated this year to the need for politics to promote peace. In listing the virtues and vices of politics, Francis said nationalism was one threat to peace because it destroys trust in … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

LONDON | UK to ramp up ‘no-deal’ Brexit preparations amid impasse

LONDON — The British Cabinet was meeting Tuesday to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain‘s departure from the European Union without a deal, after Prime Minister Theresa May postponed Parliament’s vote on her divorce agreement until mid-January. The discussions are expected to center on how 2 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) in government funding to absorb … Continue reading LONDON | UK to ramp up ‘no-deal’ Brexit preparations amid impasse

BERLIN | Clouds grow over German economy after stocks hit bear market

BERLIN— Worries are growing about the strength of the German economy, Europe’s largest, after a key indicator suggested fears about trade wars and Brexit are hitting business activity and after the country’s main stocks index slid into a bear market. The Ifo Institute said Tuesday its business confidence index dropped to 101.0 points for December … Continue reading BERLIN | Clouds grow over German economy after stocks hit bear market

LONDON | Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

LONDON  — A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged shoplifter whose striking resemblance to David Schwimmer made international headlines, after he failed to show up for a court appearance. Abdulah Husseni failed to appear in court in Blackpool, northwest England, on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud. Husseni’s image … Continue reading LONDON | Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

SANAA, Yemen | Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

SANAA, Yemen  — Yemen’s key port city of Hodeida was calm Tuesday morning, hours after a U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and the country’s rebels, Yemeni officials said. Fighting subsided as the cease-fire took effect, with only the sporadic sound of automatic weapons fire heard in the city, where the port handles … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

VATICAN CITY | Pope shakes up Vatican communications operations

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis announced Tuesday a shakeup of the Vatican’s communications operations, replacing the longtime editor of the Holy See newspaper and naming a prominent Italian journalist to coordinate the editorial line of all Vatican media. Andrea Tornielli, Vatican reporter for Turin daily La Stampa, was named to the new position of editorial director … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope shakes up Vatican communications operations

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. | Police: Man tried to pay for McDonald’s with bag of weed

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Police in Florida say a 23-year-old man went through a McDonald‘s drive-thru and tried to pay for his order with a bag of marijuana. News outlets report Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return again a … Continue reading PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. | Police: Man tried to pay for McDonald’s with bag of weed