NEW YORK | Rice women ranked for first time in school history

NEW YORK (AP) — Buoyed by the second-longest winning streak in the country, Rice entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in school history. The Owls have won 15 straight games and are ranked 25th in Monday’s poll. Baylor remained the top team in the country, garnering 26 of the 28 … Continue reading NEW YORK | Rice women ranked for first time in school history

Democratic candidates spend holiday in New Hampshire, Iowa

Several Democratic presidential candidates are closing out the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, with stops planned across states key to securing their party’s nomination. On Presidents Day, much of the campaign trail spotlight moved to New Hampshire, home to the first presidential primary. Three candidates, Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of … Continue reading Democratic candidates spend holiday in New Hampshire, Iowa

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar’s snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren’s opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, public remarks and private conversations, Trump is making clear … Continue reading WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

BERLIN | German market watchdog bans short-selling of Wirecard shares

BERLIN (AP) — Germany‘s financial market regulator issued a two-month ban Monday on short-selling shares of payment service provider Wirecard AG, whose stock has swung sharply in recent months. The regulator said creating new net short positions or increasing existing net short positions in Wirecard’s stock could cause uncertainty over its share price, with potential … Continue reading BERLIN | German market watchdog bans short-selling of Wirecard shares

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch company fined for exporting turbine parts to Iran

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch company has been convicted of illegally exporting to Iran gas turbine parts that could be used in the manufacture of weapons. A court in the southern province of Limburg convicted Euroturbine BV on Monday of setting up shell construction companies aimed at avoiding Dutch export license requirements that … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch company fined for exporting turbine parts to Iran

United States | The Gambia’s National Day

United States – On behalf of the United States, I congratulate the people of The Gambia as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your independence on February 18. We remain committed to a strong partnership with The Gambia and look forward to continued cooperation on efforts to promote democracy, good governance, and economic growth. The … Continue reading United States | The Gambia’s National Day

LONDON | UK-based man charged with inciting attack in Germany

LONDON (AP) — A man living in northeast England has been charged under Britain’s terrorism laws with attempting to incite a car, knife and bomb attack in Germany. Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, a 33-year-old from Newcastle, was charged Monday with encouraging another person to plow a car into crowds in Germany, attack people with a meat … Continue reading LONDON | UK-based man charged with inciting attack in Germany

VATICAN CITY | Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn’t currently at the Catholic church’s supreme court, where he holds a top position. Monsignor Joseph Punderson was listed by the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, last week as having been … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court