LONDON | US writers Kushner, Powers in running for Man Booker Prize

LONDON  — The Man Booker Prize is set to be awarded to one of six finalists, including a gritty story set in a women’s prison, a novel in verse about a divided America and an environmental epic that has been likened to “Moby Dick” for trees. U.S. novelist Rachel Kushner‘s “The Mars Room,” U.K. poet … Continue reading LONDON | US writers Kushner, Powers in running for Man Booker Prize

FRANKFURT, Germany | Audi fined $925 million in Germany over diesel emissions

FRANKFURT, Germany — German authorities have fined luxury automaker Audi 800 million euros ($925 million) for selling cars with excessive diesel emissions. Prosecutors in Munich said Tuesday that the fine was imposed because Audi neglected its oversight duties in selling cars with engines made by it and group partner Volkswagen that did not conform to … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | Audi fined $925 million in Germany over diesel emissions

SINGAPORE | Global stocks rise ahead of US currency report

SINGAPORE  — World markets were mostly higher Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Treasury report that will likely steer clear of labeling China as a currency manipulator, a status that could trigger penalties and cause trade tensions to escalate. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.3 percent to 5,107.94, while Britain‘s FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Global stocks rise ahead of US currency report

ISTANBUL | The Latest: Pompeo meets Saudi king over missing Khashoggi

ISTANBUL— The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A Turkish Foreign Ministry official says Turkish authorities will search the residence of the top Saudi diplomat in Istanbul over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance. The official did … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: Pompeo meets Saudi king over missing Khashoggi

PARIS | Southern France flood toll rises to 13; many elderly victims

PARIS— French officials say flash floods that swept through the southwest Aude region largely claimed elderly victims, who were seemingly caught off guard by the sudden torrents. The Aude regional government and the Interior Ministry in Paris said Tuesday that the death toll from the flooding overnight Sunday to Monday had risen to 13 and … Continue reading PARIS | Southern France flood toll rises to 13; many elderly victims

ISTANBUL | Mike Pompeo meets Saudi king over Khashoggi’s disappearance

ISTANBUL — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was welcomed by Saudi Foreign Minister … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Mike Pompeo meets Saudi king over Khashoggi’s disappearance

PARIS | Macron seeks to regain initiative with government reshuffle

PARIS— French president Emmanuel Macron has appointed a high-profile political ally to the key post of interior minister during a limited cabinet reshuffle aimed at preparing for upcoming economic and social reforms. Christophe Castaner, 52, who heads Macron’s party La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move), replaces Gerard Collomb who resigned two weeks ago … Continue reading PARIS | Macron seeks to regain initiative with government reshuffle