LONDON UK official challenged at conference on sex abuse

LONDON — A demonstrator has confronted the U.K.’s international development secretary at a conference on sex abuse in the aid sector, complaining that women who have spoken out about abuse are not being heard. Alexia Pepper de Caires challenged UK development chief Penny Mordaunt on stage at the Queen Elizabeth II Center in London. Pepper … Continue reading LONDON UK official challenged at conference on sex abuse

Turkey pledges accountability in Saudi probe; critics wonder

Under global scrutiny, Turkey vows to get to the bottom of the alleged killing of a Saudi journalist at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. But some observers see a double standard in promises of transparency from a government accused of stifling freedom of expression. Since an attempted coup in 2016, critics say President Recep Tayyip … Continue reading Turkey pledges accountability in Saudi probe; critics wonder

JERUSALEM | Poll finds vast majority of American Jews will vote Democrat

JERUSALEM — A new survey indicates an overwhelming majority of American Jews plan to vote for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. The poll published Wednesday was conducted on behalf of the nonpartisan Jewish Electoral Institute. It found that 74 percent of Jews plan to vote for Democratic candidates in November. Overall, 75 percent … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Poll finds vast majority of American Jews will vote Democrat

WASHINGTON  | Biden: Trump ‘coddles’ autocrats like Kim, Putin, Saudis

WASHINGTON  — Former Vice President Joe Biden says President Donald Trump may not “know what he’s doing” and coddles dictators. The potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told CBS “This Morning” Thursday he’s concerned Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats” and “coddles” dictators, including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Biden: Trump ‘coddles’ autocrats like Kim, Putin, Saudis

NASHVILLE, Tenn | Tennessee women slow to back GOP’s Blackburn in Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign. A Vanderbilt University poll conducted Oct. 8-13 showed Blackburn trailing former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, 49 percent to 37 … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn | Tennessee women slow to back GOP’s Blackburn in Senate race

PARIS  | French, Dutch ministers cancel trip to Saudi conference

PARIS  — France’s finance minister is the latest high-level official or executive to cancel out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom’s involvement in the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday on French TV channel Public Senat that “I will not go … Continue reading PARIS  | French, Dutch ministers cancel trip to Saudi conference

WASHINGTON  | Biden: Trump loves, coddles, autocrats and dictators

WASHINGTON  — Former Vice President Joe Biden says President Donald Trump may not “know what he’s doing” and coddles dictators. The potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told CBS “This Morning” Thursday he’s concerned Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats” and “coddles” dictators, including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Biden: Trump loves, coddles, autocrats and dictators

BRUSSELS  | European and Asian leaders to boost ties, trade, security

BRUSSELS  — After failing to reach a breakthrough on Britain’s divorce terms from the European Union, EU leaders are rolling straight into another summit Thursday, this one aimed at forging closer links with Asia. The Asia-Europe meeting that starts Thursday night with a dinner attended by Belgian King Philippe will bring together 30 European leaders … Continue reading BRUSSELS  | European and Asian leaders to boost ties, trade, security